I was a very different person when Danielle Agami created Adam and I with me during my internship with Ate9 Dance Company in 2013. I was young and eager to please. As with many women my age I felt that I had little agency over situations in my life at the time professionally, romantically and sexually. Sometimes I was made to feel like a child, and often the subject of other peoples narratives. Growing up much of what I was exposed to through cinema, visual art and performance was men’s stories or a man’s presentation of a woman’s story. This idea of the Male Lens. This is something Adam and I plays on - the text feels like someone else is telling her (the performer’s) story - we are hearing his side, she is the subject on display for us. I see this work as a taking back of power through presence. There is a tension between the increasing agency of the dancer and her objectification though the text. In its approach Adam and I doesn’t necessarily pose a question or a bold statement as much as subtly exposing its strangeness.
Now six years later I am older and I have a different kind of agency in my life. This is what inspired me to unearth this beautiful solo for the first time since it’s birth, and approach it as an old and beloved piece of clothing - to see how it folds around a new person and modern ideas of the female gaze.
Photo by: Stephen Joffe
Dancer: Jessie Garon, Choreographer: Danielle Agami