Released: Rehumanizing the Carceral State

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Allison McCarthy (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Janet Lilly

Abstract: When individuals are released from incarceration and become returning citizens, they often face collateral consequences. Collateral consequences are restrictions placed on individuals following their release from incarceration, which limit their ability to fully participate in society. These consequences are felt most acutely by individuals who are members of minority groups or experience intersectionality. In this paper, I write about my choreographic work Released and the ways in which it addresses the Prison-Industrial Complex’s failure to wholly release incarcerated individuals from its penalties following their sentence. The Prison-Industrial Complex is a multifaceted system in the United States that encompasses the government and private sector’s involvement in institutions of incarceration. In addition to examining the choreographic process and embodiment activities utilized in the creation of my work, this paper also focuses on how the movement, costumes, properties, set pieces, sound, lighting, and projection elements of Released provide a commentary on how collateral consequences are experienced by formerly incarcerated women in North Carolina.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Incarceration, Returning Citizen, Dance, Choreography, Embodiment, Collateral Consequences, Interdisciplinary, Docile Bodies, Oral History, Practice as Research

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