(RE) Frame – MFA Thesis Performance by Blanca Huertas-Agnew

by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal

Blanca Huertas-Agnew presented (Re)Frame, a collaboration with six local dancers and mixed media artist, Jen McCleary. The culmination of her choreographic research project and MFA final journey explores the relationship between gender, technique, and inequality within the current patriarchal structure of classical ballet. (RE) Frame looks at ballet through the lens of the female body.  According to Huertas-Agnew, “the research brings attention to the topic of the empowerment of women in the ballet world in which they find themselves entrapped in the conundrum of reaching full technique mastery while negotiating its rigid structure. The research aims to open a space for reflection amongst educators, choreographers, and directors to find ways to integrate a non-gender / non-binary attitude in all aspects of curriculum development.”  This includes approaches to the teaching of technique as well as repertory.

Choreography: Blanca Huertas-Agnew
Dancers: Isabella Agnew, Amber Honghermeire, Alissah Johann, Katherine Kuckhoff, Flavia Morante and Sarah Warren.
Visual Artist: Jen McCleary
Presented at The Performance Garage on February 16, 2019

 

 

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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