15, 2009: Performance of PASSION FLOWER at conference entitled
Cancer Control and Prevention: A Coalition of Community and Science
in the Fight Against Cancer. 12-1:00, at the Millennium Centre,
Johnson City, TN.
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my physical landscape radically changed and my emotional being challenged,
I began to think of how I might heal. Listening to many powerful
personal narratives from many women, I heard similar metaphors and
feelings but never heard the same story twice. Breast cancer has
given us power in numbers, so to speak; it is finally an era where
women can tell their stories and authenticate their experiences.
This was exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to “speak”
through dancing and share both my verbal and physical stories with
For me to make such a sacrifice, the removal of my body parts in
hope of eliminating breast cancer, made me realize that the most
natural way for me to recreate balance was to continue my life as
a dancer. Furthermore, my choice to not have reconstructive surgery
because of the way I need to move as a dancer means that the stereotypical
image of the dancing body changes. This performance, the Passion
Flower Project, was created to bring wholeness back into life.
me, the Passion Flower Project is so important to understanding
and coping with the physical and psychosocial effects of breast
cancer. Through monologues, dances and a short film, this performance
is about the journey of healing emotionally. Cancer never gives
us an option, but the Passion Flower Project gives us an alternative
way of feeling and looking. Every time I perform this piece, I
heal. Dancing has always connected me to the here and now. That
is another important element of Passion Flower Project, the connection
of being completely here now. That is why I want to share it with
as many people as we can!"