Category Archives: Etcetera

The “Violent Ambiguity” of Roberto Bolano

“Roberto Bolano’s appearance in the world is great for Latin American literature, for Latin American writers,” Javier Antonio Gonzalez, playwright and artistic director of the theater company Caborca, told me recently. “Even though his work is celebrated everywhere and people connect to it all over

CLUB DIAMOND – An Interview with Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino

This January I had the privilege of seeing Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino’s CLUB DIAMOND at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival.  The work uses various forms of storytelling (live performance, silent film, musical composition, scrappy street theater) to speak deeply about our collective

/VANITAS/ by Zachary Small @ Dixon Place

/VANITAS/ unpacks our inextricable and very physical connection to, and at times our embodiment of, the web. At the start, one performer picks up a small gray square, which transforms into a mirror, revealing for the audience their own reflection: look at yourself! Characters emerge

Olive Bieringa’s “action movie” @ Vital Matters

On October 21, 2016, I attended action movie by Olive Bieringa in the Vital Matters Dance Festival, held at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, MN. This four-day festival was important in centrally locating the body and its felt experience. I found depth and renewal in

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