The seeds for this project were planted within the city limits of Lima, Ohio, my hometown and origin of my dancing career, during the month of May in 2019. This was a time for research, development and laying a foundation for a piece I have been slowly building over the past year and a half. The work is not about Lima, or Ohio but it is from and of these places and other small places in the Midwest. I invited four dancers based in NYC, but born and raised in the Midwest, to join me for the final week of May and a free open showing in Lima held on May 30th, 2019.

These dancers are Toni Carlson, of Viola, Minnesota, Avery Anthony, of Columbus, Ohio, Laurel Atwell of Bainbridge, Ohio, and Charles Gowin of Hallsville, Missouri. These dancers are from and of the Midwest as much as the piece will be itself. After originally spending time in dance studios in NYC and elsewhere I realized that the only way I could make strides with this work was to be in Ohio, tap into what it feels like to be there, discover ways to continue growing, re-imagine the cultural environment and splinter the reality of the place into something more than what I remember.

The title, Break-Up Tunnel Vision Infinity, comes from two sources. One is the ubiquitous hunting camouflage pattern, trademarked by Realtree, named “Break-Up Infinity” and the other from the imperceptible condition of “tunnel vision,” also referred to as a filter bubble or narrowcasting, imposed on users of social media by targeted content and advertisement. Combined, it conveys a desire to break out of my own internet-fueled tunnel vision when approaching this work and to pop into the view of others who may be stuck in their own version of curated reality.

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Legacy funders:

The Coop Fund, Jody Oberfelder, snooze, Bailey Williams, Miguel Gutierrez, Diana Kole, Susan Gowin, Lee Relvas, Aviva Novick, Ashley Rodabaugh, Derek Smith, and Caitlin Rush.

In-kind Supporters:

Food, housing and car rental support from Christine and David Rodabaugh.

Studio access to Lima Dance Academy and logistical support from Bart Mills.

Performance space access from Jennifer Brogee and The Meeting Place on Market.

Emotional, creative and equipment support from Omar Zehery and Kayla Nocera.

1st Edition Funders:

Cordelia Roberts

Elsa Brown

Diana Crum

Kyle Abraham

Mariam Dingilian

Benny Olk

Tess Dworman

Philip Simon

Tamara Alegre

Sara Lyons

Madison Krekel

Brian Hunt

Diane Roberts

Katie Campbell

Moey Newbold

Tony Heaphy

Ashley Rodabaugh

Christine Rodabaugh

Dan Brandesky

David Hunt

David Zupan

Cait Rush

Jessica Cabot

Lisa Boscov-Ellen

Peter Manges

Sara Nichols

Jamey Lowdermilk

Jessica Goldschmidt

Millie Kapp

Kathleen Matysik

Amber Hunt

Ryan O'Byrne

Ethan Philbrick

Amanda Jones

Alexandra Tatarsky

Bob and Julie Hunt

Isaac Lindy

Sigrid Lauren

Ayano Elson

Tara Sheena

Colleen Kesner

Lindsay Reuter

Rachael Dichter

Kyli Klevin

Aviva Novick

Talya Epstein

Kyle Dacuyan

Brett Douglas

Greer Dworman

Stevie May

David Rodabaugh

Jaime Wright

Nitsan Margaliot

Blaze Ferrer

Martita Abril

Bryson Armstrong

Mary B Heringhaus