Action Dress by Michelle Lewis and Ariel Hall
While a recent news event about the rape of a woman by a college student is at the narrative core, Action Dress expands to represent the universality of trauma and its aftermath. With words, images, and sound, Action Dress shows how traumatic events stalk our emotional and physical spaces until, ultimately, they become part of us.
Michelle Lewis' poetry has recently appeared in Bennington Review, Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Feminist Wire, among others. She is the author of the chapbook Who Will Be Frenchy? (dancing girl press), and she has contributed reviews and essays to various journals including Gettysburg Review, Drunken Boat and Electric Lit. She holds an MFA from Stonecoast Writing Program. You can find out more about her at whitechicken.com.
Ariel Hall is a multi-disciplinary artist working mainly in performance and installation. She has shown her work at La MaMa, Panoply Performance Lab, the Culture Project, the Steel House, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, as well as in public urban spaces from New York to Sao Paulo. She also performs other artists’ work at the Museum of Modern Art. Ariel holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. You can find out more about her at arielhall.us.