To Know a Veil is an immersive exploration of the personal and cultural implications of how women veil and reveal themselves. First inspired by Emma's travels in Morocco and India.
Audio installation by Matt Pearson. Beats by Unown. Emma’s work on this piece in 2013 was supported in part by an Artist Fellowship from the DCCAH . The piece has been presented at Hillyer Art Space, O Street Studios, and as a part of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.
“This is everything that a Fringe piece should be. It’s fun, beautiful, experimental, interactive, entertaining, brave, and thought-provoking.” DC Metro Theater Arts Review
"To Know a Veil quickly renders its audience a subject of the experiment, ushering them out of a voyeuristic role and into a place at center-stage.” DC Theatre Scene
Emma interviewed by the Washington Post’s Nelson Pressley about creating a solo piece for this year’s Capital Fringe.
The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide names To Know a Veil one of “10 things to look forward to” at this year’s Capital Fringe.
A behind-the-scenes peek into the inspiration for To Know a Veil on DC Theatre Scene.
”At a time when women’s bodies continue to serve as a political battleground in countries all over the world, from the United States to India to France, Jaster’s performance is both topical and poignant. She chose to approach this knotted, sensitive knot by first picking a thread that is more universal than religion or politics: the body itself, and beauty and physicality and how we choose to show ourselves to the world.”
-Amanda Lineweber for DC Performance Art
“You opened a window on a subject to which I hadn’t given much thought.”
“It made me ask new questions of myself.”
“Being VERY close to the dancer was very viscerally exciting.”
“So beautiful and provocative and relaxed all at once”
“I love it…wish I could do one every week”
“I am looking forward to your next iteration!”