Year of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

MFA: Dance

Directing Professor

Jeffery Bullock


This research examines the violent misogyny and contempt for the female body in, but not limited to, Western Christian environments using as a lens the life and practices of Catherine Benincasa, a mystic and tertiary Dominican sainted in 1461 as Saint Catherine of Siena. Further, the research looks at the use of the abject and grotesque in performance, as well as transformative storytelling, as a means of making lived experience visible, and is explored as a liberatory response to such systems of domination and violence. Though this research is framed in a religious context, contempt towards female-presenting bodies is not limited to such environments. Exploring how these attitudes towards women have been internalized and propagated is urgent for everybody, female or otherwise.

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