The ninth annual Women’s Works Dance Festival will present “Women’s Works: trans form” Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

Tickets are $15 (cash), available in advance at Bella Books in Belfast and HAV II in Camden; and at the door before performances.

Women's Works’ focus is on the female experience and the lens from which women witness and view the world. The theme of 2014’s “trans form” centers around the development of the female mind through the influence of media on the mind/body experience of young girls and women alike. The presenters represent artists from a range of age, dance and aesthetic backgrounds.

“Women’s Works: trans form” offers new choreography and performances by Shana Bloomstein, Jaimie Canavan, Jenny Cobuzzi, Hanna DeHoff, Suzanne Dunavent-White, Camille Giglio, Sunny Hitt, Maho Hisakawa, Katenia Keller, Bethany Louisos, Kari Luehman, Marlee Luehman, Lisa Newcomb, Robin Peskoe, Joan Proudman, Caitlin Schick, Katie Thompson and Kristi Williamson plus New York City-based guest artist Jesse Phillips-Fein.

Women's Works is process-oriented, exploring both female collaboration and competition as well as looking closely at how it is we can and do respond to patriarchal projections in the media. The dance pieces are all original works that offer riveting context that spans from humorous to deeply personal struggles.

The aesthetic of the show is not driven by the desires of a pervasive media driven definition of dance, but rather on the honest expression that occurs when women’s stories unfold with integrity and support. The emphasis on the creative process and individual voices, reflected in the diversity of styles in the show. The resulting performance gives the audience greater potential to access ideas of possibility in their own lives; and fosters dialogue and conversations between community members through art.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or