XwhY Artist Statement
Premiered at Christie's New York, ‘XwhY’ is a compositional-improvisational score explores the restrictions and tension that gender markers place on a person. X marks the spot—from floor patterns, to movement, to marking the body with red lipstick—to enunciate the hardships of a nonbinary identity constantly gendered as female. This hypnotic score utilizes memories as movement scores to enunciate the hardships of nonbinary/female identities. The memories emote physical distress and exhaustion that signify the paradox between being associated and assimilated as a woman to the nonbinary self who is more than simply both, neither or in between. Self-isolation and the communal empathic responses Karley received inspired their new work, 'Glitch.'
XwhY - at Christie's New York (premier)
Choreographed and Performed by: Karley Wasaff
Original Soundscore by Karley Wasaff
-Love Moves Showcase on February 5th, 2023. Presented by
Drye|Marinaro Dance Company at 3 Dollar Bill, Brooklyn, NY
-Studio to Stage on June 4th & 5th, 2021 at Alpha Omega Theatrical
Dance Company, 70 E 4th St. Manhattan, NY
-Midwest RAD Fest on March 5th, 2021. Kalamazoo, MI
-A Charity Exhibition: Christie’s New York on February 9th, 2020.
Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, NY (premier)
Residency: Studio to Stage with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, 70 E 4th St. Manhattan, NY
XwhY - Love Moves Showcase (2023)
XwhY - at Studio to Stage: Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company (2021)