In Performance: Durch Nacht Und Nebel (American Realness)

Yvonne Meier for American Realness Festival 11-6-2015. Photographed at Abrons Arts.

Yvonne Meier is a veteran downtown performance artist–she has been performing in New York City since she left Zurich, Switzerland in 1979 and made work at P.S. 122 in its infancy. In the U.S. premiere of Durch Nacht Und Nebel (that’s “By Night And Fog”), she really does feel like a seasoned pro, the wizened anti-mother of American Realness. Nearly naked in powerful ownership of her middle-aged female body, she moves abruptly through a number of absurd movement scenes involving Band-Aids, plastic baby dolls, mulch, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, and oh so much more. Her stage presence is hysterically austere as she presents an unapologetic and magnetic body politic, all with a loving eye roll towards the trope of the naked performance artist (as noted in the program description of the piece, “#Art.”). As the title suggests, this refreshing and brief piece feels like a dream: riveting in its confident abandonment of logic, disquieting and hilarious in equal turn. When the house lights come up, we chuckle uncomfortably to ourselves, unsure what we just witnessed, but with a fresh perspective on the material possibilities of our world.

ABRONS ARTS CENTER
Experimental Theater
466 Grand Street,
New York, NY, United States

MON JAN 11, 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 12, 7:00 PM
FRI JAN 15, 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 16, 7:00 PM

Running time: 45 minutes

Tickets:
Ticket Price: $20

Photographed at Abrons Arts.

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