Becoming Our Spaces

Image 1: video from made for me & you; Image 2: performance documentation from made for me & you 

made for me & you

Collaborator with The Clinic Performance

“made for me & you” is a performance piece made for one person to experience at a time, with a trauma-informed focus on healthcare professionals. It was crafted with loving guidance through The Clinic’s project Resiliency Moments, and in relationship with pieces created by an ensemble of artists that healthcare professionals cycle through online over the course of a 45-minute experience.

It begins with a prompt on a sign: “Welcome, I’m so glad you’re here. // When is the last time you had a good hug?” We talk about what we do to feel whole in a time of decreased physical intimacy, and the people that we miss. At some point, I ask: “what might count as a virtual hug?” The responses surprised me every week: a kind/unexpected text message, visualizing it, phone calls, activating our oxytocin receptors in the palms of our hands, a rainbow of physical gestures, and one poignant response doubting a replacement is possible.

Through research with gratitude to Resmaa Menakem and James Coan, I looked at call & response singing, humming, and gentle swaying as opportunities to calm our nervous systems. The vulnerability and connection we cultivate with others when we do these things together is palpable. So I turn on a loud and cheesy karaoke track of Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” and start signing, offering options for each audience member to participate as they wish. Then, they offer a song. One person taught me a beautiful hymn. Another belted Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. With most people, we listened to their song on Spotify together. You can listen to the playlist-in-progress here

To learn more about my work with The Clinic, click here.

The Clinic creates art-based workshops and immersive performances that support health care professionals in rediscovering the inherent joy found in caring for another human being.