THIRTEEN is a duet between two women caught in the push-pull of their minds’ reality versus the world’s. Delving into the theme of acceptance and understanding, the duet is a coming-of-age realization that suggests the answers lie beyond the scope of simple understanding, THIRTEEN embodies the flawed yet beautiful truth revealed to us as we encounter life’s lessons one by one. Resulting in an anthem of strength and empowerment, this piece ties together the idea that we need each other’s support in both times of failure and victory. 

Choreography by Mallory Lyes Baxley, performed by Zoetic Dance Ensemble, at Collaboraction for CORE Project and Side Street Arts' Going Dutch, Chicago, IL 2016