Dear Monica revisits the year 1998 in order to take a fresh look at the present. Structured as an open letter to Monica Lewinsky, the piece starts in a personal place and zooms out to consider public conversations in the U.S. about female sexuality. It compares 1998, when Carrico was a college freshman and the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal saturated the media landscape, with 2014, when sexual assault on college campuses became a topic of national conversation and Lewinsky reemerged as a public figure, speaking out against bullying. Through movement and text, Dear Monica weaves personal stories together with political issues and popular culture to create a compassionate, nuanced, and sometimes-humorous space in which the audience can engage with frequently charged and divisive issues.
Conceived and directed by Rachel Carrico. Choreography: Rachel Carrico, in collaboration with the dancers: Bethany Drohmann, Brittani Holland, Jodi James, Jana Meszaros, Elana Sutton, and Jackie Thelen. Dramaturgy: Sarah Macrorie. Lighting Design: Brad Garner. Stage Management: Eduardo Anguiano. Videography: Lindsey Salfran.
Music: Aphex Twin, "Track #1 [Blue Caix]" & "Track #2 [Parallel Stripes]"; Between Music / Aquasonic, "Concurrently"; William Bowling, "Memory Pulse"; Ian Chang, "Spiritual Leader"'
Text: HBO Documentary, "Monica in Black and White" (2002); Katie J.M. Baker, “Here Is the Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker,” Buzzfeed (June 3, 2016); Monica Lewinsky, TED Talk, "The Price of Shame" (March 20, 2015); original text written by Carrico and the ensemble.
This performance was filmed during the (Im)Partial Articulations concert on November 18, 2016, 7:00 PM, at the Dougherty Dance Theatre on the University of Oregon's campus.
(Im)Partial Articulations presented original work by two UO Dance Faculty members, Rachel Carrico and Shannon Mockli, and featured dancers from the Eugene community. The artists expose the ways in which intimacy compromises impartial judgements, and they explore the continuous process of positioning oneself, through verbal and physical articulations, within a wide range of scenarios.