Naked Heart, 2005

Naked Heart, a collaborative work between Valerie Green and Montreal artist, Mariko Tanabe, is a passionate dance seeking to reveal the mysteries of the inner landscape of a woman.  The evocative movement conjures up and expresses the stormy depths of a woman’s memories, journeying from this fiery yet contained darkness towards the empowerment that she finds in the fullness and quietude of her own heart.

Premiered at Cunningham Studio, New York City in January 2005

  • 18 minute-work for one dancer
  • Direction:  Mariko Tanabe
  • Choreography: Mariko Tanabe in collaboration with Valerie Green 
  • Music: Penner Mackay, Rainer Wiens
  • Sound Editing: Dino Giancola, James Maresca

This work has been made possible in part by the support of Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, David & Veva Zimmerman, The Wellspring Project, and Mariko Tanabe Danse.

“Green threw herself into intricacies of phrase variation, whipping her Pre-Raphaelite hair into animalistic frenzy and driven by urgent, grinding hips, she seemed a courtesan imprisoned by the solitude of her sex, pausing to recall serenity.”

-Chris Dohse, Village Voice

“Green was mesmerizing ”

–Carrie Stern, Ins & Outs