The time has come.
I am pleased to present the premier of More Than Just a Piece of Sky, an evening length, multidisciplinary performance at the Chocolate Factory Theater in partnership with the Queer New York International Art Festival September 17-20 2014 at 8 PM.
Read a preview blurb in TimeOut!
As some of you might know, I received a charmingly abrasive call from Barbra Streisand’s manager a while back because apparently uttering the name Yentl is enough for the Hollywood mafia or whomever to come after you. Even if you consider yourself to be a poet or conceptual artist or choreographer (ahem) and you are performing in Queens. While the name of the performance is derived from a B side track on the Yentl album, all recognizable traces sort of dissolve there. This work is an original, it is haunted and haunting, it is abstract, spooky, and its queerness resides in our language, dancing, and ways of relating. This performance mines personal and cultural exile as a site for the exploration of gender and sexuality, knowledge and power, and ability and disability.
I launched a Kickstarter to bridge the gap in funding between my own resources and the theater’s support. My goal is to raise $3,500 in 14 days! I care about supporting the amazing team of artists that are part of the production as fully as possible. There are many fun, personalized rewards packed in there for lovers of poetry, tarot, and bodywork.
Here is a direct link to the campaign:
Feel free to pass the link to any friends or colleagues who would like to contribute.
The campaign features a wonderful video about our process by Marin Media Lab (click to view).
Here’s a little more about More Than Just a Piece of Sky and featured collaborators:
As dancers, Lindsay Reuter (Yentl) and Jumatatu Poe (Avi) read and recite my original poetic script, they engage in meticulous and vulnerable dances that we have worked together to create. As they talk and move, they trace their relationships to the multiplicity of genders within themselves, seeking a space and a refuge to express their desires and find their own forms of spirituality and power. The dancing is accompanied by original scores composed by Jon Moniaci and Shawn Hansen with a unique vocal cover by Miguel Gutierrez, and video design by Nicholas Steindorf.
I spend the duration of the performance in a glowing bed, designed by John Taylor. While stationed there, I hold a vigil over the performers and talk with them about their lives and choices. Our stories intersect in video interviews edited by Kristiana Weseloh. As the characters seek to be unwritten and re-written, we develop a strange intimacy like that of muse and artist, child and parent, lovers, or queer family. Lighting design by Elliott Jenetopulos, costume design by Stephen May, and eagle-production-manager-eye by Lillie De.
Thank you for taking the time to read! Your support means the world to me.
Sending love and power in this Fall season –