on The As part of The Glassblock’s sponsored partnership with the New Hazlett Theater, The Glassblock is presenting a series of editorially-independent previews and reviews of the 2016-2017 Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series. Below is their review of Over Exposed by Lindsay Fisher, a collaborative response from arts and culture editor David Bernabo, guest panelist Johanna Lasner, and a secret guest reviewer. Read Lasner’s bio below, and read our preview of the performance here.
Afigure cloaked in light on an otherwise dark stage kneels front stage right, folding her hair into a ballet bun. “I have been evaluated on my appearance since I was a child,” a disembodied voice announces. “My first memory of criticism regarding my body was when I was 15.”
Lindsay Fisher, a Butler native, has returned to the area after building a career in the often cutthroat New York dance scene. She has worked with celebrated dance companies—Helen Simoneau Danse, Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Carolyn Dorman Dance Company—and performed works by famed choreographers like Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, and Ton Simons. Her decision to work as a freelance dancer instead of with a company afforded her this variety of experiences, but that decision was also accompanied with a lifetime of judgment, especially as directed toward her physical appearance.
With Over Exposed, the April 6, 2017 performance at the New Hazlett Theater, choreographer and dancer Lindsay Fisher aims to reveal previously hidden layers of herself by letting the audience peer behind her curated, public image. In coping with the ever-present external judgement, Fisher learned to turn inward, hiding her insecurities. Now, Fisher promises the audience her “uncensored story.”