Monthly Archives: January 2017

Anna Marie Shogren’s “Human Anatomy” @ Vital Matters

Minneapolis, MN I was catering the opening night of the Vital Matters Festival of Dance at the Southern Theater, so between arranging plates, slicing bread, instructing assistants, opening jars, and fluffing tablecloths, I tiptoed into the back of theater to watch Anna Marie Shogren’s Human

Otto Ramstad’s “Lineage” @ Vital Matters

In the context of a contemporary dance festival dedicated to the “vital materiality of the body,” I was surprised that the greatest challenge to my idea of embodiment came about through its negation—through a conscious disembodiment of dance, in Otto Ramstad’s solo work Lineage. In the

Sex and Foie Gras

A conversation with playwright Kate Benson and director Lee Sunday Evans on their new play, [PORTO], at The Bushwick Starr

Standing Up in January: Day 2 Dispatch (COIL, Squirts & La Mama with Pavel Zustiak, Patti Harrison & Marga Gomez)

La Mama dispatch for PS 122’s COIL Fest, Pavel Zustiak’s “Custodians of Beauty” and “Bastard (The Painted Bird: Part 1)” and Squirts intergenerational queer pairings with stand up sets from Patti Harrison and Marga Gomez. To start the year alternating between bent over from either despair or because I might laugh so hard that the tears trickle down my legs felt fitting to my polar emotional swings of late.

Getting Real in January: Day 1 Dispatch (American Realness 2017 opens)

Day 1 of the Festival of Festivals or January Feast: Based on last night’s opening works by Will Rawls, Meg Stuart and Dana Michel I’d say the American Realness focus on the “breakdown of white-supremacist hierarchies” and on the practice of “realness as resistance,” is helping us all define which America(s) we mean to stand our ground for in the coming days.