The Case for Invagination

Nicole Bindler’s The Case for Invagination #4, Sept 28-30

This performance is Part Four of a series in which Bindler’s scars speak candidly about trauma and desire. Imagine Mister Rogers had a scooter accident, a thyroidectomy, a brain injury… and the puppets in his neighborhood were the remnants of these calamities. Welcome to The Case For Invagination!

This collection of solos arose out of Bindler’s somatic Body-Mind Centering® research on the embryology of the genitalia from a nonbinary perspective. From these ideas she developed a series of interactive performances based on the practice of allowing space/situations/people to invite us in, rather than injecting ourselves into spaces. This practice has social and political implications around embodying consent culture and as an antidote to the ways many of us have internalized capitalism, colonialism, sexism, and ableism.

After the third version, performed at last year’s Cannonball/Fringe festivals, many audience members reported that Bindler’s brain scar was the most poignant for them. This was the newest addition to her chorus of scars, and seemed like the most compelling one for her to explore more deeply in the fourth version.

The brain scar is a personification of the remnants of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) she suffered in 2018. In their monologue, brain scar describes what it’s like to be a TBI, “Some people were so freaked out and disgusted by her inability to fulfill her professional commitments, they looked at her like she was a demented grandma.” Brain scar ponders their identity, “What is me? Am I brain? Am I a scar? Am I Nicole?” And they also describe their deepest desires, “I would like Nicole to take me to the sensory deprivation tank for a little vacay.”

For the past year Bindler and her director, Mark Kennedy, have delved into her experience of TBI through the voice of the brain itself. Like previous instalments, this edition includes tragicomic autobiography told through monologues and dancing with an underlying politics around feminism, decoloniality, and Disability Justice.

Nicole Bindler: choreographer, writer, and performer
Mark Kennedy: director and scar wrangler
Dustin Slaughter: composer

The Case for Invagination #4
Sept 28th at 10:00pm
Sept 29th at 5:30pm
Sept 30th at 7:00pm
The Maas Building, 1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Produced by Cannonball as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Tickets: $20 online at

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