Re-Hump (2007), a demanding duet for two pregnant women, is a feminist reconsideration of physical and psychological limits explored through the signifying potential of the body. The piece experiments with doubling, translation, and utility.
Choreographed by Ariel Osterweis, Re-Hump was danced by Osterweis and Lisa Wymore, both of whom were seven months pregnant with their first children, Dashiell and William. At the time, Osterweis was a Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and Wymore was an assistant professor of dance practice in the department.
Dash and Will spent their entire first year together, side by side in parks, baby bedrooms, and dance studios of Berkeley.
Ariel Osterweis is on faculty at CalArts, where she teaches courses in critical dance studies and performance studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her book manuscript, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Virtuosity (working title), is under contract with Oxford University Press and examines issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in contemporary dance. Osterweis also researches Sub-Saharan African dance and mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance that disavows dance-based virtuosity. Having trained at San Francisco Ballet School, the Martha Graham School, and The Ailey School on full scholarship, Osterweis danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mia Michaels R.A.W., and Heidi Latsky, choreographs, and has served as dramaturg for John Jasperse and Narcissister.