for mezzo-soprano, alto saxophone, and percussion (2016, 8 min.)
I chose the title Operating Room because I wanted to explore the audition process as if it were a sort of operation, like a metaphorical dissection of the performer. I thought that this was an appropriate lens to further explore the anxieties that may accompany this stressful experience, bringing themes of identity and doubt to the fore.
Collaboration with choreographer Mary Gwin
Operating Room text by Aaron Israel Levin
Yes. No. Yes. No. Stop.
I can do this.
Before I dance for you, I'd like to tell you a bit about myself:
Who I am;
Where I'm from;
A bit about my background and my training.
Here I am.
They call me Isabel.
And I'm from Indiana.
1 2 3 4 5.
Wait. Let me try again.
I'm sorry. The nerves. I don't know what's wrong.
I went to a reputable school.
I studied with reputable teachers.