Are we human or are we dancer?

The AUNTS show at Grace Exhibition Space last Friday was fantastic.  It was co-produced by Roll Call/Movement Research Spring Festival.  I have to say that I love the AUNTS shows because their models for performance are always fun performance parties (like house parties with talented dancers/performers/artists making use of space while also hanging out and having fun), always free-wheeling and always in the spirit of creation.  They are the little pockets of bohemia that once dominated this city before it became a gentrified, overpriced Starbucks Nation.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a Venti Latte sometimes but fuck if I’m going to watch my art go corporate alongside the soul of the city.  

The MARKET model for the show was based around beautiful screen printed fake AUNTS money (you got $6 + $1 when entering – you byob and you got the money).  The drinks and food at the bar were free (and they were plentiful).  Most of the goods by the artists were visual art based with some videos as well.  I loved the combination of the visual art gallery with the ability to “purchase” the performances, though I had wished for more performances being shown simulatenously as I’ve seen in the past AUNTS shows (Populous and the Aut 4 One and I Believe in You shows), though I think the space made it harder to work that way.  In a way, I loved the fact that the performance, including my own, really was so influenced by the crowd.  We did a spoken word/dance/movement piece from the (I…Labyrinth) series and couldn’t hear each other, but we were so feeling the energy from those around us watching us that we rocked it and felt amazing after the show. 

I also loved the dance that Jmy Leary, Felicia Ballos and Shizu Homma perfomedwith/by Stanley Love.  Their piece featured repetitive segments of a Prince song (forgot the name at the moment so I might update a bit later on with it) and two other people counting out the amount of national debt we’re currently accruing from the two wars were involved in and of course our current national economic crisis.  They also did headstands for several minutes in yogic perfection while Jimi Hendrix played the Star Spangled Banner.   I think this is an updated version of a similar performance that I saw via video at the last AUNTS show in November of their performance in Sept. in Washington Square Park.  It was amazing. 

Also, I received a paper mache ice cream cone/flower thing from some anonymous admirer from my performance.  And this is just a tiny reason as to why AUNTS rules.

To Market, to Market…

I’m really sorry I haven’t updated.  Believe me, I have many things I’ve drafted for you all but unfortunately my internet where I am staying is pretty terrible.  Still, I’ve managed to hop across town to the nearest free internet source to let you all know that I, along with my cohorts, Jeanie, Niina, and Carl, will be performing and giving away little videos we made for the AUNTS Market show for the Movement Research Spring Festival.  Please come out to it if you’re in the NYC area!  You will have fun.  xoxo
co-produced by ROLL CALL
The Movement Research Spring Festival 09
Friday May 1, 6pm – 12am

At MARKET, FACTORY issued goods, live performances, dvds, projections,
drawings are sold using a Barter System with new paradigm (handmade)
currency based on the cocktail standard!

Grace Exhibition Space 

at 840 Broadway, 2nd Fl.
Bushwick, Brooklyn
JMZ to Flushing 

Admission: cocktails for the free bar: beer, wine, water, juice, whiskey

FACTORY issued goods by these individuals and more:
Deb Black, Iris Rose, We, Coco Karol, Ana Keilson/Zine, Nsumi Collective

Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, Shizu Homma, Tayla Epstein, Maya Utsuinomiya, Wendy Thomas
Autumn Widdoes, Melanie Maar, Stanley Love, Gaku Shinohara & Alex, Anna Sperber & Peter Kerlin
Moriah Evans, Siri Peterson, Mathew Heggem, Veronica Carnero, Mariana Valencia, Jen Rosenblit
Keren Ganin-Pinto, Christina Zani, Meg Foley, Luke Stettner, Bessie McDonough-Thayer
Maggie Bennet, Madeline Best, Hanny Ahern, Francis Stallings, Felicia Ballos, Jess Cook
Sophia Peer, Allen Cordell, James Petz DJ, Bundlelyn, Katie Silorio, Rebecca Wender, Sarah Holcman, 
Rishauna Zumberg, Minnae Chae, Alison D’Amato, Adam Walko, Deborah Karp, Sabrina Alli, 
Bryan Campbell, Leslie Henkel, Eric Conroe, Eagleager, Melissa Sanfiorenzo, Tatyana Tenenbaum, 
Abigail Levine, Elle Chyun, Rafael Sanchez, Elaina Morgan, Pangaea Corps, Jocelyn Ladd, Taube, 
Allison Cave, Sandrine Bouiniere, Elaina Morgan, Sasha Welsh, Eli Lehrhoff, Megan Byrne, Gabe Cohen, Internet
DJ James Petz!

AUNTS is readymade!!! Like loft parties, birthdays and DIY punk shows,
AUNTS events occur in ad-hoc, domestic, out-of-doors, the theater and
found spaces. AUNTS events are rigorous; dancers dance, collaborate
and socialize with each other, amateurs, guests, the space, the walls,
energy flow, non-dancers and non-humans. Conventional
audience/performer configurations abound inside a structure of rules
and traditions of performance that are completely decimated. The
audience is boyfriends and lesbians and the dancers. Dance as
liberation against art, regulation, commercialism and itself and those
who practice it!

FACTORY (happened)
Saturday April 18, 10am – 11pm
consolidates resources for production of custom-made art works
in All media All day long, starting early, making SHIrTs!!!  Curators,
artists and audience members are invited to manufacture original
products at work stations designed for cooking, dance-making, screen
printing, bookbinding, video-making, immaterial crafts, and more!!!
All day long! Open participation!