I just got DTW‘s brochure in the mail and their upcoming season looks awesome! I’m sure its all great, but here’s the stuff I’m particularly gonna bust my butt to see:
February features Argentinian choreographer Diana Szeinblum’s Alaska which I’m sure will be a real treat. I was fortunate enough to see her previous work Secreto Y Malibu at Mark Russell’s Fresh Terrain Festival in Austin, TX in 2003. (Fresh Terrain was kind of a test run for Under The Radar, I think). That was one of the most remarkable performances I’ve ever seen, absolutely stunning. The only time I’ve ever seen someone urinate onstage and thought that it was beautiful, riveting and not in the least gratuitous. I know that sounds kind of sensationalistic, but if you saw it in context you would know what I’m talking about. Szeinblum just creates beautiful, unusual, emotionally compelling landscapes combined with powerful physicality and aggressive (as I recall) movement vocabulary. I’m really looking forward to this!
Adrienne Truscott is bringing back genesis, no!, which premiered at PS122. It is a superfun piece and we’ll be interested to find out what it looks like in the huge vastness that is DTW’s stage. I’m also curious about Chris Yon’s new work, HUGO.
I’ve heard a lot about, but have never seen, Nora Chipaumire, so I’m looking forward to that. Rachid Ouramdane returns to DTW this year, too. I wasn’t over-the-moon crazy about his last piece Discreet Deaths, but I thought it was interesting and I’d like to see what he’s up to.
And in the Studio Series we’ve got ever-creative and quirky Ursula Eagly with Smearcase and a further iteration of Chase Granoff’s ongoing explorations, thank you boredom.