Response to the Archive: Empty Spaces by Alaina Olivieri


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Empty Spaces

Created, Performed and Filmed by Alaina Olivieri
Edited by Stella Olivieri
Music by Frédéric Chopin (Source: Musopen.org)
Responding to ‘Gertrude’ by Renate Debrun, ‘Wistful While I Work’ by Amra Jamal-Ahmad, ‘It’s About the Touch’ by Roberta Schwartz, and ‘A Cover Story’ by Darien Lamen
Instagram: @alainaolivieri / @theballetschool_spcaa

I observed an almost invariable amount of work about loss, as I read through The Warp & Weft archive. The stories made me realize that we have all experienced different, but equally difficult losses during 2020. My response, Empty Spaces, is a reaction to the stories which I found especially evocative and relatable: ‘Gertrude’ by Renate Debrun, ‘Wistful While I Work’ by Amra Jamal-Ahmad, ‘It’s About the Touch’ by Roberta Schwartz, and ‘A Cover Story’ by Darien Lamen. The heaviness that I felt after reading these stories compelled me to create a work that represents the loss we collectively experienced during 2020, and continue to endure today.

[Canandaigua, New York]

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