A project of interdisciplinary artist and Emily Roydson, Ecstatic Resistanceis a project, practice, partial philosophy, set of strategies, and group exhibition(s)” beginning with a pair of ’sister shows’ here in New York at X Initiative and in Kansas City, MO at Grand Arts. According to Roydson, the project, aims to “think about all that is unthinkable and unspeakable in the Eurocentric, phallocentric world order.” (You can read Roydson’s Ecstatic Resistance essay on website.)
Taking action from everyday life, with a disregard for nuance, the dance takes its movements from pantomime and everyday actions. These recognizable movements create a theatrical presence of the performer as well as a presence as a dancer. The Sandbank is installed along with a sculptural response. The performance is a translation of an emotional reaction towards an artwork. Engaging the sculpture, the dance creates an environment with multiple characters including architecture and objects.
The response is from life, specifically our relationship with electronic mediation (cell-phones, internet, digital music), and with these contemporary objects’ planned obsolescence. During the performance I transition through stages of embodiment, using pantomime, musical synchronicity and lip-syncing. These acts further the discussion of our relationship to mediated electronic experiences. Because of the way we relate to electronic mediation, physically responding to objects insights becoming: of one’s body being in transition towards a new state of communicating
BACKSANDEDBYLUTZKINOY plays for 2 performances on Friday, December 11 at 6:30 and 7:00 pm
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
The performances are free, seating is limited to 150 people on a first come, first served basis.