VirtualPASS: Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) by Kiera Bono

Join us for our first #VirtualPASS event of the year. This presentation will highlight the process of choreographer Kiera Bono’s 2021 PASS residency, including excerpts of recorded footage by Bono and collaborators.

WHEN: March 5 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Zoom virtual event (Link to the screening will be provided upon registration)
ADMISSION: Free | Registration required


Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) is an ongoing archival process that oscillates between aestheticizing and de-aestheticizing daily maintenance movements. Tuning into mobility impairment, chronic illness, and physical therapy as choreographic resources, this practice began as an attempted collaboration between a stainless-steel plate, seven screws, and a distal radius from the time of their surgical fixation in April 2019 and has continued beyond the surgical removal of hardware in July 2020.

With attention to the materiality and temporality of disability, ORIF offers porous bones, rubber TheraBand resistance bars, accordion bellows, and strands of homemade pasta as dance partners in scores that stew in the blurriness between internal and external.

Conceived and choreographed by Kiera Bono. Collaborators: Laura Farrell, Alexander Enzo Hope, Simone Johnson, Yo-Yo Lin, Julia Lucrecia Taveras, and Ella Dawn W-S. Live captioning by Cory Dostie and ASL interpretation by SignNexus.

Kiera Bono is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Theatre and Performance program at The Graduate Center, CUNY; a Graduate Teaching Fellow at The City College of New York; and an interdisciplinary artist. Approaching biopolitical questions surrounding disability, queerness, food, and diaspora, their research explores performances of assimilation and resistance. Through multisensorial scores and choreographies of care, Bono maintains embodied and digital archives of labor, trauma, and relationality. Their performance practice has been supported by the Catwalk Art Residency (2017, 2018), the Old Furnace Artist Residency (2018), The Whole Shebang Open Space Residency (2019), and the Dance/NYC Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program (2020, 2021). They have had the pleasure of performing in the work of Zoey Hart, Ella Dawn W-S/Dancews, and Melissa West, as well as collaborating with Melisande Echanique, Laura Farrell, Alexander Enzo Hope, Simone Johnson, and Londs Reuter, among others.

PASS: Performing Arts Salon Saturdays residency program is made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative.