Traffic Maven

A dance with an Austin police officer

The Traffic Maven is a solo performed by Austin Police Sergeant Melissa McGrath. The dance is inspired by McGrath’s movement directing traffic, and shows movement clearly derived from directing traffic and more abstracted, theatrical choreography. Allison observed Melissa at work, and through this and many weeks of interviewing Melissa, gained insights into her life as a police officer.  Video artist and collaborator Travis Been created a film score that accompanied the dance and served as a set for the dance. Graham Reynolds created an original score for piano.

Performed February 12 – 21, 2010 at The Off Center.