Dance performance "Own That Mirror" & Spoken Word "Why Laugh" by Sofiya Cheyenne and Sarah Folkins
Inspiration for the piece:
My inspiration for this piece drew from my first real memory of walking into a national when I was 15. I had previously attended conventions when I was a young child, but this was my first time back as a more self aware individual. The idea of seeing yourself in others for the first time, how you move, waddle and stand out in the crowd. The idea of not feeling all that different on a daily basis and then being faced with seeing just how different you are. Eventually coming to terms and accepting that this difference is actually a gift and the people you meet due to it are worth all the stares and hardships we face.
Sarah Folkins is an actress based in New York City. She has worked professionally Off-Broadway at Abroms Arts Center and John Cullum Theatre, she has so worked with several Regional Theatre's around the NYC area.She was last seen in Cosi Fan Tutte' at The Metropolitan Opera and is a recent member of Spellbound Theatre Company. She graduated in May 2016 from The New School for Drama where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She uses Theatre as a tool to spread awareness and educate people on disability and diversity
Location: Originally from Louisiana and now based in New York City.
Inspiration for the piece:
Even though I do most of my work in acting, moving is where I truly live. After hearing Sarah's monologue I was touched by the idea of really examining the body. What does it feel like, look like, smell like to really see yourself. So I started to explore what that felt like in front of a mirror.
I wanted to transcend my body image through time and space which is why I explored fast and slow tempos in my piece as well as large and small movements. The pull between those two extremes are often how I have felt (sometimes still feel) emotionally throughout my life about my body.
As a little person, it is very easy to get caught up in what your body looks like to others. But this piece, to me, is speaking on what my body looks like to ME. Which I believe to be beautiful, full of curves, unevenness and scars that make me who I am. My piece "Own That Mirror" is really a message that I hold to myself and hopefully to others that it is important for us to love our bodies and own them for what they are.
Sofiya Cheyenne is a New York based multi-disciplinary performance artist, theatre maker, and advocate. She is a mix of Dominican, Taino, Italian and Syrian descent which influences much of what she performs, creates, and lives. Sofiya strongly believes in using the arts as a way to challenge societal norms. She invests herself in projects that aspire to open peoples’ eyes to see that people with disabilities can have an equal chance on the stage, television and film. www.sofiyacheyenne.com
Location: I'm in Hicksville, NY