Smashworks Dance presents a work-in-progress excerpt from FEMPIRE — a utopian world run by unharnessed and uninhibited women. An evening length performance of episodic dances, FEMPIRE introduces various women characters of strength and uncensored expressions of truth, playfully pushing against gender normative stereotypes through feminist camp. Featuring choreography by Ashley McQueen in collaboration with Smashworks Dance, and introducing newest performer Hope Salas in collaboration with Justin Cimino, FEMPIRE fuses dance performance with prop-driven physical theatre to present a culmination of our current feminist fight — loud, uncensored, and unafraid.


WHERE: THE TANK: 312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018


THEATRE RESIDENCY: Hope is a recipient of HOTEL NEW WORKS Theater Residency 2019 @ TheaterLab, NYC
Hotel New Work | Open Studio for Live Arts
Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Reservations are FREE
Email Program Director Jolene Noelle to reserve your spot at the 3pm or 5pm Open Studio showing!

In collaboration with Justin Cimino (Director, Founder & Artistic Director of Pigeonholed Theater) HOPE SALAS & SMASHWORKS DANCE CO will be devising work that will highlight the contributions of the female clowns/performers of the Silent Film Era.

Inspired by James Thiérrée, Pina Bausch & Bill Irwin, Smashworks Dance Co. & Hope Salas Productions intend to intersect the control and form of the dancer; the curiosity, joy, and discovery of the clown; and the inspiration of the truth seeking storyteller.  We convey poignant theatrical, transportative moments, aligned to our mission of capitalizing on the “voices” of women in the arts and their power to create change.

Featuring performances by:
Hope Salas
Ashley McQueen
Justin Cimino
Sarah Dodd
Manon Hallay
Sarah Starkweather

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Hope Salas & Smashworks “We’re Getting Married.” Photo credit: Stephen Delia


Press Quotes

Salas gives us heartbreak and physical comedy to illustrate the instant unexpected loss of independence so many women still struggle through in an economy that should support the nurturing of the next generation and the care of the women raising them.
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