My recent dances have been inspired by stories of significant places/times in the world. Such was the case with the Berlin Wall Project (a work exploring stories about the Wall going up, existing and coming down) and Dancing with Cities (a traveling site specific work around diverse urban sites). For Oasis, I was generally inspired by the Middle East itself as well as being a woman from the West with cultural roots in this part of the world. One is exposed to a great deal about the Middle East but they rarely see it for the complexity, diversity, beauty and oppression that resides within it. In particular, the recent events of the Arab Spring were especially inspiring.