Catherine Gallant/Dance presents "Escape from the House of Mercy"
Catherine Gallant presents her Escape from the House of Mercy, a dance/theater work inspired by the notorious House of Mercy, once located at Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan in the early 1900's.
Described as "a home for abandoned and troubled women," The House of Mercy was, in fact, closer to a prison or workhouse in which women were routinely punished with starvation diets, head shaving, and restraints under the guise of rehabilitation.
Gallant seeks to mine the feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness as they relate to the present in the drive for social freedoms and equity.
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