Mallory Catlett and Aaron Siegel X Melissa Levin
Ella Rothschild X Melissa Levin
The made-up movie feels like one of those sweeping international melodramas with lots of expansive cinematography. In the minds of its creators, it’s an epic-length narrative replete with multi-generational strands and leaps forward in time.
This body unfurls in slow motion, leaving ample space for labels, classifications, and archetypes to land upon her and vanish.
It’s about how we try to use stories to explain things that we otherwise can’t explain, and how sometimes even those stories don’t do the work for us. How do we keep doing the work after the story?
From nightclubs, to rehearsal studios, I found dynamic perspectives and delicious new forms in the many shows I was lucky enough to catch in NYC this year.
My dad called in a fright. He said, “My God, there’s a gun in one of these boxes!” And I said, “Yeah, I bought a gun once.” He said “Well, I want to throw it away.” I said, “That’s fine, you can throw it away.” So they buried it.
what I’m doing is, by cutting things the way that I’m cutting them, and by putting them in the proximity that I’m putting them in, I’m trying to make more audible the patterns that you wouldn’t see if you were just reading reams and reams of these cases.
I start to explain something about artistic agency over visual archives of original work but all that comes out is I guess we’re all in trouble.
Leopard slugs, and CAKE as a whole, provides a reminder to all of us that the romance-as-happy-ending thing is an odd societal compulsion, perhaps even an obsolete one
We lean in, unable to control our own desire to be persuaded, even as we know that this is a play, this is not true, this is just another gesture in a world full of them
It’s less an interview and more a listening circle — if you are comfortable talking in front of a group, you’ll be just fine at it