Curated by Martha Wilson
A grand extravaganza, a theatrical spectacle of the popular, the postmodern, and the perverse. Jugglers, acrobats, drag queens, and postmodern dancers—including pioneer Steve Paxton—weave a gender-queer tale in which the fate of the nation and the survival of the city hang in the balance.
Sights and Sounds:
Audiences will hear the beautiful blasting sounds of brass and accordions; sense danger around the corner and utopia lurking in the shadows; touch their own fabulousness; smell sweaty bodies; see sequins, high heels, and the police state crumble; feel their brains churning.
My art is inspired by:
Ringling Brothers, Great Small Works, Reza Abdoh, Judith Halberstam, Cathy Weis, Jenny Monsoon, Charles Ludlum, Ethyl Eichelberger, Flotilla Debarge, Tom Murrin, the horrors of late capitalism, Dr. Vaginal Davis, Bread and Puppet theater, Occupy Wall Street, the successes of Domestic Workers United, the Milk Not Jails campaign, the sound of the ocean, the starry night, revenge.
Performance art in 2012 means:
To quote the late, great Tom Murrin: “Performance is anything done with purpose and style.”
I most want my art to:
Smash the state, entertain, give me a break and leave me alone, refresh the spirit, unlock the mind.
Theater forces us to confront:
Our addiction to email. Turn those smart phones off.