High Risk is a one-woman show about a lifelong experience of being identified as a potential high-risk candidate for cancer.
High Risk details the experiences of caregiving for loved ones with cancer through remembrances in the cities where significant moments occurred. The show becomes a metaphorical road map of impressions of family and friends who fought cancer and the effects it had on each one of them throughout their lives.
The journey High-Risk takes the audience on travels through an atlas of lifetime personal reflections, perspectives, medical research, real-life case studies, and studied opinions about the disease of cancer over centuries and where it is in the 21st century.
Dramaturgical research supporting the performance lecture includes the history of cancer, current orthodox medical treatments administered to manage the disease, and the various alternative healing therapies and lifestyles offered to survivors who find themselves in the liminal spaces of living with a diagnosis of cancer.
High Risk wrestles with the age-old discourse that accompanies the appearance of cancer wherever, whenever, or however it materially manifests.
As an artist and philosophical theorist, this performance lecture does not offer an absolute cure, rather an artist’s musing on the costs of surviving a lifelong experience of living with the devastating effects the disease leaves upon a dedicated caregiver.
Additionally, this work explores the lingering effects of living as a person labeled as a potential 'high-risk' candidate who marks the victory of experiencing life cancer-free every day.
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