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I was inspired by the theme of ‘rewilding’ to consider how I would rewild my own, physical body, as well as to think of my body as land that could be traversed. I spent the month of February setting prompts for myself that I thought would contribute to this rewilding: improvising outdoors, holding insects, eating fermented foods, etc.
Through watching the videos I took of my improvisations I began to notice that by setting myself to the task of ‘rewilding’ I was actually circling back to certain themes: eating, foods, and predators; death, grief and bones; seasons and summer; desire and love; not knowing how to do something; mythology/ magic; and gone/ being, to name just a few.
“Why am I moving?” you might ask. “You’re getting the path all muddy. The other animals don’t move like you,” you could say.
“Yes, but,” I would respond, “The moving gives me words. Gives me the words, to give to you.”
Mauri Terra Connors is a multidisciplinary artist located in the countryside of Virginia. She makes work with movement, paper, and words. She received her BA in Dance with honors from Connecticut College in 2015. Currently she teaches dance at Halestone Dance Studio and performs and choreographs locally. Her writing and visual work have been included in Contact Quarterly, Movement Research Performance Journal, and About Place Journal. Previously, she has resided in Brooklyn, NY; New London, CT; and Portland, OR.