Indira Allegra
Dispersal of a Feeling / Tension Studies


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Indira Allegra’s Dispersal of a Feeling: Bloodnotes on Choreography and Illness and Tension Studies are limited edition literary explorations which emerge from a somatic approach to writing and image making.

What can an intergenerational conversation between three sick and disabled femmes reveal about the nature of choreography? Dispersal of a Feeling: Bloodnotes on Choreography and Illness is a poetic treatise on choreography, moving the reader between spaces haunted with loneliness and the overwhelm of communion. The rhythmic phrases here discover how dance can be found in everyday survival.

In Tension Studies, a domme's client becomes a lover and a lover becomes a client but it is a relationship with a weaver's wooden loom which is the most intimate of them all. Through the frame of the loom, tension lines trembling between human and nonhuman experience interlock to reveal a text/ile dense with phenomenologies of longing, touch and the dangers of encounter. 

Commissioned by The Lab, San Francisco, with funding from the Gerbode Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation with additional support by DisArt.

Indira Allegra is a conceptual artist and founder of Cazimi Studio. Cazimi Studio uses weaving as a framework to creatively transform tension within different sites. The studio is unique in its emphasis on performance, publication and the integration of spiritual care as preferred design solutions. Allegra’s work has been featured in The Art Newspaper, Artnet, Art Journal, BOMB Magazine, SF Chronicle, All Arts, and ARTFORUM and in exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY); Center for Craft Creativity and Design (Asheville, NC); John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI); Gray Area (San Francisco, CA); the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA) and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (San Jose, CA) among others. Allegra’s writing has been featured in Theater, TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture, American Craft Magazine, Panorama Journal, Leonardo, and Material Intelligence, among others. They have been the recipient of numerous awards including the Burke Prize, Creative Capital, United States Artists Fellowship, Gerbode Choreographer Award, Art Matters Fellowship and CripTech Metaverse Fellowship. | | @indiraallegrastudio