August 22: Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow CELEBRATION (Martha Graham) Reconstruction danced by SRU
August 3-10: RELIC at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St. NE #120, Minneapolis, MN 55413
August 3, 10:00pm
August 4, 4:00pm
August 6, 7:00pm
August 7, 5:30pm
August 10, 5:30pm
July 12, 13: Fresh Fruit Festival NYC presented by All Out Arts @ The Wild Project, NYC
June 24-July 12: Teaching Martha Graham Intensive
June 22: Fail Safe Performance Series at the Glitter Box Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
June 8: DONATELLA Queer Variety Show, Arcade Comedy Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
June 5: pearlPRESENTS @ the New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
May 10: Marthagany Headlines Fierce Queer Festival, Columbus OH
Closing the first show, Jesse Factor of Slippery Rock, PA offered “Relic,” a fantastically divalicious solo channeling Joan Crawford. Factor’s the star here, backlit by an old-fashioned can light and made up in white face make-up with exaggerated eyes and lips. But it must be said that Andy Hasenpflug’s looping of a 1975 interview Crawford gave at Town Hall makes all the difference. (Indeed, Chicago misses you, Andy.)
There’s another layer, though, to “Relic” which relies on Hasenpflug’s cheeky repetitions of Crawford’s text. They provide a perfect excuse for Factor’s contractions in the collar bone and gut. His dancing is unmistakably informed by Martha Graham — long skirt, top knot and all — creating a harmoniously fabulous hybrid of two queens in what was, for me, the most memorable piece of the night.
Closing out the evening was Jesse Factor’s Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle which left me speechless in the way it not only subverted my expectations but then subverted the expectations set by the initial subversion. It rode the line between tribute for and a parody of the late Martha Graham, beginning as a nearly identical recreation of her Lamentation before morphing into a bombastic lip sync performance, and again into a striptease. However, through all the insanity, Factor’s physique and technique shone through making it not only an effective piece of theatrical comedy but also a kinesthetically enrapturing work of dance. It left the audience in an uproar and was the perfect finale to the evening.
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“Marthagany” Headlines Fierce Queer Arts Festival in Columbus, OH
“Celebration” Joyce Theatre, Martha Graham University Partners Showcase
“Mommie Queerest” 2.0 at Kaleidscope Arts Festival, Slippery Rock, PA
“RELIC” 3.0 Premiere at Midwest RADFEST
Guest Artist, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Guest Artist, Western Michigan University, Kalamazzo MI
“Marthagany” at InHale Performance Series Philadelphia, PA
“Celebration” (Martha Graham, Regissuer) at Slippery Rock University Dance Theater Winter Concert
Winter Intensive: Technique and Repertory, Martha Graham School
Winter Intensive: Technique and Repertory, Martha Graham School
Restaging: Martha Graham’s “Celebration” at Slippery Rock University
Dancing Through College and Beyond-Hunter College
RELIC 2.0 premiere at the Slippery Rock University Faculty/Guest Artist Concert
MOMMIE QUEEREST was honored by the ACDA NORTH-CENTRAL CONFERENCE as 1st Alternate for the 2018 Kennedy Center Concert. Adjudicators Melonie Buchanan Murray, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Tanya Calamoneri remarked on the unique strangeness of the the piece, choreographic skill, and exceptional performance. Solomons commented that the piece "maintains dramatic tension without histrionics" and praised the performance as "amazing."
For the Gala selection, the adjudicators described the piece as such:
Stunning, gender-bending performance that embodies iconic modern dance and film personas with an acid tongue in cheek (to humorously profound effect).
Martha Graham School: Teaching Composition and Technique
ELEGIES with Lauren Newman and Xiao Chuan Xie at St. Marks Church in the Bowery Sunday Special Series
MARTHAGANY at Blunderland Variety Show/House of Yes
CAMELOT (Choreographer) at New London Barn Playhouse
MARTHAGANY at Fierce Queer Burlesque, Toronto, CA
MARTHAGANY: ALL YOU CAN EAT at Flyover Festival
MOMMIE QUEEREST at ACDA North Central (Gala Selection) UW-Madison, WI
REVENANT MFA THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
MARTHAGANY: THE SPECTRE-ACLE, OUTsider Festival, Austin TX
Teaching Repertory, Martha Graham School
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Teaching Beginning Technique and Repertory, Martha Graham School, NYC
Marthagany 2.0 Work-In-Progress Showing, Iowa City
Guest Teacher, The University of Iowa Youth Ballet
Dance Studies Association Conference, University of Ohio, Columbus, OH
Guest Choreographer, Maidenhead, Harvard Ballet Company, Cambridge, MA
Kween Kong at Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Ruth Page Center, Chicago, IL
Marthagany at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Boston MA
Teaching Beginning Technique at the Martha Graham School, NYC
Delighted to be invited to teach at the FORGE Summer Dance Intensive by Lindsay Fisher Viatori. Held at Slippery Rock University, I introduced undergraduate and pre-college dancers to the Graham technique, restaged selections from CATS, and collaborated on a new group piece, Tracing 1.0.
Read an article about my involvement here: http://www.sru.edu/news/072517b-x28724
Technique Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWV_aGn_Drw&feature=youtu.be
CATS restaging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR3qkxKWNrc&feature=youtu.be
The Secret Garden at New London Barn Playhouse runs June 28-July 9
FORGE Summer Dance Intensive Slippery Rock University July 9-July 21
Martha Graham School July 31-August 4
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival August 12
Kween Kong has been selected for presentation at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, taking place at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on the weekend of September 15-16, 2017. More details here: http://www.hccdf.com
Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle performed to packed audience at City Center Studios on July 17th as part of the In Remembrance: Dancing for Orlando benefit concert in New York City.
Part Liza, part Merman, part Martha, with a dash of hyperbolic stylization yields BATTLE AXE. This new work continues the Reel to Realness series I've been investigating.
Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle garnered a standing ovation at the ACDA informal concert on Friday, March 31st, to my delight. I love continuing to perform this work and learning more about what I made and how viewers experience it.
I also taught a class on Graham's fall on 10 counts, in which I incorporated Ellen Graff's When your Heart Falls: The Drama of Descent in the Martha Graham's technique and theater. A packed class quickly learned the sitting fall, standing fall, and a short phrase from 1936's "Celebration" incorporating elements of this particular fall. The students in the class were so phenomenal, committing fully to big dancing and taking risks. I left inspired and renewed.
I served as a teaching artist for four days of ensemble-based learning around the theme of civil rights for High School students from Atlanta International Schoo (GA)l, Santa Margarita High School (CA), Hillel Academy (Jamaica), and WAM theater (MA). A visit to the stunning civil rights museum helped us hold current events against history, and allowed for profound and moving reflection. I worked with my ensemble on simple mirror and unison techniques, which we developed into more complex variations. I see the value of this work as creating physical learning opportunities for leading and following within the group, as well as maintaining one's agency. We devised two short studies, built from material we created in response to our museum visit. I learned so much from working with my ensemble and the wonderful teachers and guest artists ISTA brings together. The beautiful work generated by the students gives me hope for the future of this planet.