Pizzica & Palos
installation, book, performance
In this multimedia piece I explored the folkloric dances of Italy and the Dominican Republic for an exhibition in Paris, France. Pizzica is a folk dance of Salento in the south of Italy and Palos is the folk dance of DR. The piece included a book detailing the history and significance of the traditions as well as my background and the reason for my research. In the gallery space, I presented a small installation featuring the instruments used in the traditions and the book. Finally, during the opening of my exhibit while studying abroad in Paris I presented a performance of both dances which began with an introduction of the traditions, a brief explanation of the instruments, and an invitation to the audience to participate by playing along with me while I danced.