LAYARD THOMPSON

Highlights: Festival Overload (NYC)

Over the next two weeks 5 festivals and multiple showings of contemporary performance will be presented along side the annual APAP convention. Its a great opportunity to catch some local, national and international work. American Realness Festival (Abrons Arts Center & others) Under the Radar (The Public & others) COIL Festival (PS122) Other Forces (Ontological) Culturemart (Here) and APAP showings at DTW Here are our highlights of the festivals. AMERICAN REALNESS A Festival of Contemporary Performance January 8-11, 2010 MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE Last Meadow Last Meadow is a new evening length work using original choreography and writing mixed with stuff from James Dean’s three movies to look at the myth of America the father, and confusion as a potentially transform...

Featured: American Realness Festival (NYC)

AMERICAN REALNESS A Festival of Contemporary Performance January 8-11, 2010 At a time when international perspectives of American dance hang onto Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, and too many American performing arts presenters are afraid of dance that traverses the heritage of lights and tights, AMERICAN REALNESS commands attention to the proliferation of choreographic practices transcending the traditions and expanding the definition of American dance and performance. REALNESS: A slang term born from the LGBT community defined by the ability of a drag queen, transgender or other LGBT person to look like or pass as the opposite gender. AMERICAN REALNESS: An expansion of REALNESS beyond gender roles into style, ways of life and art making. AMERICAN REALNESS presents and highlights the wo...