Third Coast Daily
May 8, 2013
“I’ve been wondering if who I am depends on where I am and who I’m with,” Maria Gillespie said, at an interview Wednesday on the topic of the Springdances show, which opens Thursday at UWM.
Gillespie, the newest member of the UWM dance faculty, contributed a new work to the show and is its artistic director. The Nashville native came to Milwaukee in September, after 16 years in Los Angeles and several in New York before that. Classical questions of constructs of identity loom large in Gillespie’s mind just now, as she strives to redefine and balance her professional and personal life.
“When you come in as an outsider,” she said, “you have to make clear who you are, and make it clear again to yourself. It’s like looking in the rear-view mirror and saying, hey, that’s my identity back there.”
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