Alumni Portrait Roslyn Tate


Interview with interdisciplinary performance artist Roslyn Tate, 2012 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College. 


Roslyn Tate, aka Chicava HoneyChild, is a burlesque dancer, actor and producer. She is the Creative Producer of New York City's Brown Girls Burlesque and teacher at BGB's Broad Squad. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College where her research focused on performance art, women of color in burlesque heritage, and sacred sexuality and spirituality. She is currently working on a documentary on the legacy of Women of Color in burlesque. 

Artist Statement 

I am an Ecdysiast. Through my work I give life to my vision, defend my ground, clear the path for those that follow me, and shine light on my predecessors. Ecdysiast comes from the Greek, ecdysis meaning the shedding or the molting of the outer exoskeleton. Butterflies, snakes and crabs are three creatures that go through the ecdysis process to renew themselves. I use the phases of Ecdysis as a template for each piece I create; proecdysis describes the creation of my burlesque acts from inspiration and research through rehearsal, while ecdysis describes my performative experience on stage and the atmosphere of the show. Postecdysis reflects on what I learned from creating the piece, viewer feedback and the future development of the work. I am aware that for the beholder the end is obvious - my raimentless body. My goal is to elevate the form by infusing passion, storytelling, theater, history, culture, and dance to engage the audience so intensely that they lament the final garment dropping for not wanting the adventure to end.