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SHAME: A Fragrance by Calvin Klein (2014)

An exploration of the various shades of shame from the humorous to the poetic to the deeply personal.

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CHOREOGRAPHER

Susie Thiel in collaboration with Les Gibbs and Megan Jellison

ORIGINAL LIGHTING DESIGN

Tony Hardin

COSTUMES

Susie Thiel

MUSIC

Original Score by Nate May and Hava Nagila by André Rieu

ORIGINAL CAST

Les Gibbs and Megan Jellison

CAST

Susie Thiel and Sean Hoskins

Shame: A Fragrance by Calvin Klein is a duet which explores the various shades of shame from the humorous to the poetic to the deeply personal. Inspired by memory, humiliation and the private realms of humanity, this work encompasses a mixture of vignettes of moving, speaking and singing bodies. The two characters express shared experiences and their own individual exposed snapshots of shame. Although a man and a woman perform the work, many issues surrounding feminism and the “shame” accompanying women issues are illustrated.

Shame: A Fragrance by Calvin Klein first premiered at the 2014 American College Dance Festival at the University of Arkansas and received first runner up to attend the American College Dance National Conference. Most recently, I performed this duet with Sean Hoskins at the Detroit City Dance Festival in August 2015.