Dancing in Your Bedroom is a collaborative installation and performance work by choreographer Mary Paula Hunter and artist Caroline Woolard. Collecting and exhibiting the material culture of bedrooms (beds, sheets, quilts, photographs, books, diaries, and journals) from participating teenagers and adults, Dancing in Your Bedroom places disparate private lives side by side. Viewers are invited to sleep, dance, and dream. Bedrooms are places for personal autonomy.
Mary Paula Hunter is a Providence-based performance artist and choreographer whose work combines text and movement in a bittersweet swirl of quirkiness. A dancing memoirist, Hunter’s work is unique in that she completely integrates text/stories and movement. Hunter links her personal and always quirky movement style to storytelling that features her outlook on life, something she acquired growing up in the Midwest amongst a group of eccentrics.
Hunter’s work has been produced by many New York venues and she was twice an Artist in Residence at Movement Research. Hunter is the founder of The Words and The Motion Series at Dixon Place, and was a member of one of the original Working at the Kitchen groups. Hunter has also been a guest artist at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has performed throughout the United States. Hunter has served as a faculty member at Brown, RISD and Hamilton College. She is founder of JUMP! Dance Company whose mission is to empower young artists to make their own choreographies.
Caroline Woolard explores communitarianism as an artist, designer, and collaborator. Her work is research-based and site-specific, taking the form of websites, workshops, installations and performances.
Woolard received her BFA from Cooper Union, and is a Wheeler School alumna. In the past two years, Woolard has been invited to participate in MoMA's Audience Experiment's Think Tank, The Walker Art Center's Open Field, The Milan Furniture Fair, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a Watermill residency, an iLAND residency, The Whitney Museum's Friday Night Showcase, Exit Art's Alternative Histories show, and SolidarityNYC, a collective committed to grassroots organizing for economic justice. She is also one of four collaborators to launch www.ourgoods.org.