Amber J. Keyser reads in the Portland Art Museum galleries from her most recent work, Pointe, Claw.
Keyser is paired with Spirit of the Dance by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux; found in the European Art, floor 2, gallery 201. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.
In Pointe, Claw, Jessie Vale dances in an elite ballet program. She has to be perfect to land a spot with the professional company. When Jessie is cast in an animalistic avant-garde production, her careful composure cracks wide open. Nothing has felt more dangerous.
Meanwhile, her friend Dawn McCormick’s world is full of holes. She wakes in strange places, bruised, battered, and unable to speak. The doctors are out of ideas.
These childhood friends are both running out of time. Jessie has one shot at her ballet dream. Dawn’s blackouts are getting worse. At every turn, they crash into the many ways girls are watched, judged, used, and discarded. Should they play it safe or go feral?