Hailed as ‘deeply moving’ with ‘infectious original songs,’ Dana Aber's musical solo show Baggage at the Dooris a ‘disarmingly charming’ look at healing from trauma. Incorporating video games, humor, and video projections, this quirky and candid piece explores her attempts to break the PTSD trauma cycle and find courage to unpack her baggage and claim a better life.
Baggage at the Door is a wry peek inside the head of a seemingly well-adjusted trauma-queen— it marks the end (she strongly hopes) of a 7-year PTSD cycle of destruction and reconstruction.
With music written in collaboration with award-winning emerging composers, Baggage at the Dooris an autobiographical solo show addressing the critical moment when a trauma survivor realizes she may no longer be able to simply cope;
when falling in love triggers her latent PTSD,
she might be f*cked.
TW: Angry Birds
Created during the quarantime,
The Quarantined Waitress is a web-series created by and starring Dana Aber.
During the early days of the pandemic, she worked the entire weekend before the City closed all restaurants. Some of her patrons that weekend were extra special.
Filmed via green screen, The Quarantined Waitress
is a comic collection of characters highlighting the hysteric absurdity during the first-wave of the pandemic.
Be safe. Wear a mask. Stay home.
She Wore Mascara to the Mountain
My 2019 Artist Residency at Elsewhere Studios was located between the desert and the mountains in Paonia, Colorado. As part of my residency agreement, I offered a final presentation highlighting my personal creative experience, titled She Wore Mascara to the Mountain. I composed 10 original poems and created digital collages juxtaposing portraits of myself in full-sequined costumes against photos taken of the lush rural setting. During the presentation, I recited the poems in front of projections of the collages, and also sang a spoof about mosquitoes set to "Maria" from West Side Story.