++++ live in portland, or on june 26th:
A Durational Performance by Maggie Hazen ft. Amanda Evans
Performance begins @ 8pm and runs on loop throughout the evening
On Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, was previously considered the greatest female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter on the planet until she was knocked out and defeated with a high kick knockout by Holly Holm in 00:59 seconds during the second round of the women’s bantamweight title fight inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. After the fight, many took to social media to criticize Rousey following her first loss—she said she felt incredibly attacked by the media. In an interview about her fight on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rousey reveals details about the trauma after her shocking defeat.
“I was sitting in the corner [thinking] like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ And I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second, I’m [thinking] ‘I’m nothing ... what do I do anymore and no one gives a shit about me anymore without this.’” Rousey emphasized that the feelings had been temporary. “Maybe winning all the time isn’t what’s best for everybody ... maybe I had to be that example of picking myself up off the floor.”
Hazen and her performance partner Amanda Evans, will engage in a durational performance re-staging the fight with a new choreography embracing a sprit of empathetic persistence. While performing, they will reflect the cycles of emotional loss, and recovery many women face in light of scrutiny. The performance will last 00:59 seconds, the same duration of time clocking Ronda's loss in the second round of the fight. This 00:59 performance will be performed on loop every 15 minutes for 2 hours. They will perform under a live feed special effects camera which generates a composite image of the performers bodies with the bodies of Rousey and Holm during the fight.