However unconsciously, we may manipulate others to satisfy desires.

Having learned to communicate with partners from infancy, mostly from our own parents, we have deeply ingrained patterns and tactics for meeting our wants and needs. We subconsciouly push and pull, take and give, build up and undermine our significant others to elicit compliance with our own plans. Many of us consciouly make efforts to avoid engaging in manipulative behaviors that feel natural out of respect for each other, but what happens when this respect does not exist?

As a young, single adult in New York City, I have observed countless instances of long-term manipulative behavior in both straight and queer relationships, as well as many couples working to overcome habitual patterns of manipulation successfully. Grassy Ass is an exploration of different methods we use to get what we want from each other through the medium of grass.

  • Music: Eric Allen
  • Dancers: Alex Abarca, Alison De Franco, Caitlin Sikora
  • Special thanks to Melissa Padham and the Warwick Summer Arts Festival.