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Ziegfeld Goes Down

Part of Charles Atlas Presents: The Kitchen Follies, bringing together a range of artists across performance art, dance, and music to stage the ultimate performance art variety show. Some are artists with whom Atlas has had relationships for many decades, including composer Julianna Barwick who will create a new work in collaboration with Jodi Melnick, performance artist Johanna Constantine, duo DANCENOISE, and choreographer Stanley Love. Others are emerging American artists with whom Atlas will be collaborating for the first time, such as choreographers Laurie Bergthe Illustrious BlacksImma Asher and Solo Termite, with more to be announced! Atlas will film each performance live, using video cameras to simultaneously record, mix, and project footage as part of the performances. Hosted by Tyler Ashley, the Dauphine of Bushwick.

For my first collaboration with Charles Atlas (an artistic hero of mine) I looked at form vs. function within the context of a vaudevillian variety show format. In this case, the representation, or really mis-representation of the female form via a double duet for Bessie McDonough-Thayer and myself, and two blow-up dolls. The choreography cuts and loops around itself to reflect the added dimension of Atlas’ camera as Bessie, myself and the two dolls perform increasingly complex displays of the choreography to comic effect. The audience views the work from simultaneous multiple perspectives – both live, and on film with real-time manipulation by Atlas.

Featured as part of the New York Times #speakingindance series.

Created by Laurie Berg and Bessie McDonough-Thayer with Original Sound by Karl Scholz. 

Other iterations and showings…

  • December 2018: Movement Research Fall Festival 2018 at Danspace Project (NY, NY)
  • April 2018: Sight Lines curated by Catherine Galasso, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Brooklyn, NY)
  • April 2018: Sundays on Broadway at WeisAcres curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones (NY, NY)