"Appalachian Spring Break" by Brendan Connelly and Scotty Heron
Brendan Connelly and Scotty Heron
JACK presents the first collaboration of composer/musician Brendan Connelly (Theater of a Two-headed Calf) and Bessie-winning choreographer/performance artist Scotty Heron – a staple of the downtown scene in the 80’s and 90’s. The two, both currently New Orleans-based, play with the iconic, confused and clichéd relationship of choreographer and composer, glancing sideways at Martha Graham and Aaron Copland’s only collaboration and its sepia-toned Americana. The lines of collaboration are gleefully blurred in this duet, where all movement, sound and light are generated and manipulated by the onstage duo. Contact microphones fill the stage and movements are often sound-generating: toe-shoes on an amplified piano bench; a reverbed water pail dragged across the stage; two dismantled clarinets; an adult diaper and a pair of toe-shoes; a bucket of water and a pile of guitar pedals. Ken Burns’ Civil War. A pop. A click. A slow entrance from the hanamichi. A flourish of eyelashes and then, the Finale.
Thursday December 10 at 8pm
Friday December 11 at 8pm
Saturday December 12 at 8pm
BRENDAN CONNELLY is a composer, sound designer and co-founder of the OBIE-winning Theater of a Two-headed Calf. Scores for The Two-headed Calf include You, My Mother (La MaMa, E.T.C/River-To-River Festival); Trifles (Ontological-Hysteric); Major Barbara (La MaMa); and Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (HERE Arts Center). He is a frequent collaborator with PearlDamour, having participated in the 8-hour performance-installation How to Build a Forest (The Kitchen) and the ongoing Milton project. Recent sound design credits include Cherokee (Wilma Theater; dir. Anne Kaufmann); Topdog/Underdog (Two River Theater; dir. Suzan-Lori Parks); Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth Theater; dir. Pam MacKinnon); Ruined (Fordham; dir. Isis Misdary). Brendan’s six-channel sound installation, Walking, Sometimes Standing Still, was recently on exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. His concert music has been performed by Wet Ink, S.E.M. Ensemble, Yarn-Wire, TimeTable Percussion, Hunter-Gatherer and others. He is a recipient of four Meet-The-Composer grants, NYSCA and NYFA awards, NYIT award for Best Original Score, and an alum of TCG/NEA Career Development Program. He is developing a dance piece with Karinne Keithley-Syers, entitled Willa.
SCOTTY HERON is a movementbased performance artist living in New Orleans. His solo and group theater works have been commissioned and produced in downtown venues including Movement Research, The Kitchen, La Mama E.T.C, Dance Theater Workshop, Franklin Furnace and Performance Space 122 which commissioned 4 evening length works. As a performer he has appeared in works by Sally Silvers, Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, Karen Finley, Linda Austin, Cathy Weis and countless others. He is a juggler, stiltwalker, rope walker, acrobat and founding member of Jennifer Miller's Circus Amok, bringing free queer circus to New York City parks for a dozen years. In 2003 he was received a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) award. He recently finished a two-year project in collaboration with Brusselsbased Thomas Hauert/Zoo which toured extensively in Europe, Canada and the U.S. He also maintains a longterm collaboration with HIJACK dance of Minneapolis. Most recently he made “Twink Spree Melee” in collaboration with Layard Thompson.
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