Swiss choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsiss From A to B via C orbits around a brief reconstruction of the 17th-century Diego Velazquez painting Venus at her Mirror.
I walk into what looks like a small black box theater with risers on either side of the floor and a cool black marley under foot. Thick, black curtains and dim lights line the entire room, creating an ominous sense of depth and mystery. Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have completely transformed the Chocolate Factorys industrial, all-white space, rendering it a barely recognizable version of its former self.
In BeginAgain, wizard art team Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey set the stage with a woman on the ground in a full-body cast. She isnt alone for long. As soon as the dancing starts, shes joined by a dizzying array of doubles and simulacrums. Two women appear in matching gray shifts, their hair in girlish plaits on top of their heads.
AMERICAN REALNESS: Move You/Move Me
By Jaime Shearn Coan
New Works by Miguel Gutierrez, Jack Ferver, Keith Hennessy, and Luciana Achugar
At American Realness, its not rare to experience a feeling of déjà vu: whether you are watching new versions of shows you have seen before, or new shows by artists you know well, or new shows in familiar theater spaces. Although I try to meet each show on its own terms, in this festival setting I have a hard time not comparing and revisiting.
In August, the musician Lauryn Hill dropped a raw, unedited version of her track Black Rage as a free download on SoundCloud. Hill wrote the song in 2012 and has been performing it at concerts ever since.