maura re/members with george emilio sanchez’s “In the Court of the Conquerer” & zavé martohardjono’s “TERRITORY: the Island Remembers” – audio version link available at top of post
“…one dancer’s hands on the foreheads of the other two, leading the paths of their movement; a dancer leaning on another who was kneeling on the floor, using them as an anchor, stability; the soloist connecting with the floor as the other dancers stared into her…”
Question everything. Laugh often. And be proud as peacocks, amoebas and hominids—you’re alive, and it’s June!
If performance is an intersection between the realness of live embodiment and the fantastical suspension of reality, then this is true performance.
I put my arms around the dry branches, sunk my face between the needles. I remembered holding you like this before you left. I remembered when we did this without thinking.
“I aim to be a balance between a healer, a dictator, and an anarchist” – Sophia Cleary
Paper. A tongue? A face? Hands, elbows, emerging body parts. Two bodies. Questions. Who are they to each other? Will they ever come out from behind the semi-translucent wall? Conceal and reveal. Discovery. Peekaboo, peep show, peeling back wrapping paper; pulling the curtain open in a stranger’s house to see a familiar smile.
Some would argue that there is nothing wrong with money from those who have too much and using it to support yourself and your community— a creative Robin Hood of sorts. But is taking advantage of a convenient situation the same as being complicit?
SUPERSTITIONS inhabits a world that relies on the use of language, strangeness, incongruities that are made congruous at unexpected times throughout.
In PREPAREDNESS, a mandatory HR session threatens the survival of a college theater department.
Gassman is the real article, the authentic listener, who has heard in the city’s woke and hip aspirations, its angry and tired lives, and its ever-evolving demography the real meaning of ordinary anguish.
A dominating thread of grief and healing wound its way through La MaMa Moves! 2021 and most of the artists brought song and storytelling into a festival that, as curator Nicky Paraiso acknowledged was full of resilient artists “making work that is essential and true to this pivotal moment in time.”