Breaking the Silence is a performance art piece demonstrating the vulnerability of the human spirit. Sarah McDaniel wanted to showcase the moments of “Freeze” during the Fight or Flight responses. She used this research as her own therapy to help her journey towards recovery. Sarah McDaniel broke her own silence about her brother assaulting her at age 8. This performance gives the viewer the chance to witness the human strength of overcoming years of abuse and trauma. She also invites the audience to write their own testimonies on her or on the mattress as a way of speaking out for themselves.
2016 Breaking the Silence 13 News Coverage
2017 Research Symposium
2017 National Research Symposium
2017 Virginia Beach Symposium
2017 Student Juried Show
2018 VCUarts Depot Performance