Archive for December, 2009

Nuts by Nuts


photo by Nicholas Burnham



One of the big time tragedies of leaving New York has been leaving behind some great performance opportunities. I had the distinct pleasure of performing in David Parker’s “Nut/Cracked” for the 2008 holiday season and I wish I could be doing the same in 2009. David Parker and the Bang Group, a company known for both their precise and exuberant physicality and their lush theatrical presence, reprise Parker’s clever adaptation of “The Nutcracker” this weekend at Dance Theater Workshop, dismantling its narrative elements and re-mantling its spectacular thrill. In turns vaudevillian, slapstick, and classic, the dancers shake it to re-imaginations of the ballet themes by Duke Ellington, as well as the original Pyotor Ilyich T. Shake it with them at Dance Theater Workshop on Dec 19th and 20th.

  • Nut/Cracked
  • Dec. 19th and 20th, 2pm
  • Dance Theater Workshop
  • 219 W 19th Street
  • New York, NY
  • Tickets: $25, dtw.org

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Childress, TX

Next Saturday my friends Karl Cronin and Deborah Black Black will be performing at Draftworks, a free series for developing work at Danspace Project. Indeed there are a few upcoming chances to see Childress, TX, their new theater project, in New York, and this is a lucky thing because Karl is currently living between four or five different states, meaning actual physical, geopolitical states of the Union (if we were to count his psychic states I’m sure they would be far more multiple, or maybe just one or two depending on the philosophies to which one subscribes). I suggest you take one of these opportunities. I was involved in the very beginnings of this project and I am quite curious about how it is developing now. The basic conceit is a connection to a historical moment in a very specific location – the town of Childress, TX during the Dust Bowl crisis. The two performers develop and embody characters who confront themselves, each other, and the space, while “the fragments of their customs and beliefs fold into their creation of a new life.” You can read more at the Childress, TX blog. They will be sharing the Draftworks showing with Anna Azrieli. The performance will be followed by a discussion lead by the extra-super Ishmael Houston-Jones and a wine reception. If you can’t make it this weekend, I’ve also included the information for their Judson Church APAP showing below.

Draftworks – Dec. 12, 2009 (3pm)

Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th St. 
New York, NY
Tickets: FREE

APAP MR AIR Showcase – Jan. 11, 2009 (8pm)

Movement Research @ Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Tickets: FREE

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