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"and sometimes i wish"
"and sometimes i wish" is a whispered cry for help from the inside of someone with many sides of themselves; all fighting for dominance and simultaneously destroying the whole. This piece is a depiction of the strength required to continuously search for freedom despite the inevitable truth of captivity: where no matter how far you run, you can never truly escape yourself.
“and sometimes i wish” began as a dance film in June 2021 that went on to win the Dance Cinema Award at Frostbite Indie Film Fest and 3rd Prize at Emotion and Soul Film Festival. We then transformed the film into a live piece that was performed at Ku-Yang Lin & Dancers “Inhale” Series, and was the 1st Prize winner of Nacre Dance Group’s “So You Think You Can Choreograph” in the fall of 2021. In the winter of 2022, “and sometimes i wish” was selected as an official selection for Queens Theatre’s “Turning In Place” Film Festival Official Selection. In the spring of 2022, we performed the piece for Dixon Place’s “8 in Show,” and premiered the 20 minute version of the piece for Emerging Artist Theatre’s “New Work Series.” In October of 2022, we premiered the film “and sometimes i wish part 2: MUSICAL CHAIRS'' in the Garet&Co Film Festival. We combined the 20 minute stage version of “and sometimes i wish” with the part 2 choreography from “MUSICAL CHAIRS'' to premiere the full length version of the piece during Garet&Co’s inagural evening length show in February 2023, and then performed the full length piece again locally on 4/15 for a performance at Battell Chapel in Norfolk CT.
"fester" is my attempt to understand the way I process anger. I have never been a very loud person. More often than not, I find myself experiencing the moving world around me on a very internal level, processing my thoughts internally rather than allowing them to escape my control. It is no surprise then, that I have frequently been classified as ‘quiet,’ ‘nice,’ ‘ shy’. And while my internal system of processing has enabled me to exist without many outward ruptures, it also exists in a cycle. Every choice, every emotion- even blame- is cycled back into the life inside my own head; fault facing inwards.
What does it mean to be angry in a cycle that starts and ends with yourself? Rage, on a constant and never ending loop? External silence, internal wounds festering.
"fester was created as Garet's senior piece at NYU Tisch- however, during this time (late 2020-early 2021) the dancers had to remain 6 feet apart and be masked for the performance. Garet recreated "fester" with Garet&Co., allowing the piece to take a new, post-pandemic shape with more interaction and connection between the dancers. "fester" has been showcased in "Spring For Spring Festival," Sonia Plumb Dance Company's "Pop Up Performance," and iKada Contemporary Dance's "Ko Da Fe NYC."
"WONDERFUL" attempts to process the complexities and hypocrisies of the world around us- both the natural and the social; the earth and the humans that shape the earth. "WONDERFUL" deals with the sense of being all alone despite the abundance of life around us; of feeling trapped despite earth’s endless potential for freedom. WONDERFUL is both a dream and a prayer, a nightmare and a plea, and everything that is felt in between.
"WONDERFUL" began as a dance film that was released in May of 2020 and went on to be showcased in Rogue Dancer Film Fest in July 2020. Sacred Heart University chose Garet as their 2022 Emerging Choreographer Fellow based on this film. For her commission at Sacred Heart University, Garet transformed the film into a live stage piece for Sacred Heart University's Dance Company. Garet then set the piece on Garet&Co, where it was showcased in "Dance Bloc NYC" at Dixon Place and in Connecticut Dance Alliance's "5X5" in November 2022.
“everyday&everynight” is an attempt to understand cycles of abuse, generational trauma, and the ways that we as humans have been taught to be violent with ourselves and our own bodies since we were children. “everyday&everynight” explores the relationship of authority/guardian figure to child, and the twisted lessons that are taught when guardian figures have not ended a cycle of abuse within themselves. Cycles of abuse come in so many forms, including within oneself. Self hate, self harm, and an inability to care about oneself is often forged in lessons that we are taught by the actions of those we trust and admire. Self-hatred is a collective and cumulative disease, yet it is felt in isolation- kindred souls feel alien, only imaginable in dreams.
everyday&everynight was first created as a dance film for the virtual festival WADEinto Activism in November 2020. Garet then restaged the work as a live dance performance for her February 2022 commission at the Ethel Walker School. In November 2022, Garet extended upon the work again during her commission at Sacred Heart University. Since these commissions, Garet has continued to explore and expand upon the piece, and has set the piece on Garet&Co. On March 26th 2023, Garet&Co debuted the live piece in NYC for the Spark Theatre Festival.