Memoirs of the Sistahood is a series of collaborative work between sisters, Becky Beaullieu Valls (dance choreographer) and Babette Beaullieu (sculptor), and filmmaker Deborah Schildt.
This first chapter focused on female archetypes and the six Beaullieu sisters: Beth, Becky, Babette, Bonnie, Bitsy, and Barbara. Based on their large Catholic family, the series fused their individual art work with childhood "sense memories" of family, home, and religion.
Chapter Two premiered in October of 2009 and focused on the "house". It involved memories of a large chaotic household, a global glance of how we dwell, the "stuff" we possess, and what we value.
Chapter Three premiered in Houston November 17, 18, 19 of 2011 at DiverseWorks. "The sisters weave humorus and poignant tales of their Catholic youth as they remember "Mama" in this chapter.
Becky Beaullieu Valls
New Orleans, Louisiana
Babette Beaullieu and Becky Beaullieu Valls will be performing Trail of Dresses in Going Dutch Art Festival in Chicago on July 29 & 30. The dance is based on Memoirs of the Sistahood - Chapter Four: Sacred Trails which was performed at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. The work was centered around Babette's art installation and performed by Babette, Becky, and Toni Valle.
In New Orleans, Babette ritually built a trail of dresses and objects on the floor. She explains “the impermanence of our possessions creates a trail of human remnants that trace our history and connect us to memory. In this state of transience, we observe what we are carrying forward and what we are leaving behind.” For Chicago, Becky is choreographing a companion piece that works with the building of the trail of dresses using ceremony, and gesture. “I use gestures that are quirky and rhythmically dynamic to expose personal nuance and reveal private meaning.” The overall work deals with transition – constructing and de-constructing- through the building and manipulation of objects in space. Babette will be exhibiting three of her sculptures in the Going Dutch Art Show.
Becky received tenure at University of Houston and is now an Associate Professor.