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EstroGenius Festival 2018: Donna Costello and Jenny Sargent's "Jitterbug and the Aftermath"

EstroGenius Festival 2018: Donna Costello and Jenny Sargent's "Jitterbug and the Aftermath"


Donna Costello and Jenny Sargent


Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery)
New York, NY


Monday, March 12, 2018 - 8:30pm
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 8:30pm



Donna Costello and Jenny Sargent

Tickets: $15; click HERE to purchase.

Jitterbug and the Aftermath: Donna Costello and Jenny Sargent

3/12 @ 8:30PM and 3/13 @ 8:30 PM; 55 Min

Jitterbug and the Aftermath is a raw, expressionistic performance work exploring an unmoored feminine identity at midlife. The piece wrestles with social conceptions of a diminishing feminine cachet, the confusion of “post-feminist” gender roles, and aging as a slow corporeal death. Created by Donna Costello (a dance artist) and Jennifer Sargent (a physical theater artist), Jitterbug puts the body at the center of storytelling. The creators play two female figures, fragments of the same character – at times in harmony and at times combative – laboring to reclaim ownership of their bodies, their value, and, ultimately, their humanity. The work weaves together gestural movement, comic clown states, text culled from dated feminist art, and live amplified sound generated by their own bodies onstage. Additional collaborators include composer Brendan Connelly and physical dramaturg Penelope McCourty.

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Manhattan Theatre Source will present the 2018 EstroGenius Festival, the longest running festival celebrating the work of women and gender non-conforming artists in NYC. Begun in Manhattan Theatre Source in 2000 as a short-play festival, the festival has launched and supported hundreds of artists in its 18 years. 2017 was the festival’s first time in its new home The Kraine Theater on E. 4th St.

Currently at the helm of the festival are Melissa Riker and Maura Nguyen Donohue. The Short play series is produced by Vinnie Marano. Guest curators are John C. Robinson and Women in Motion’s 2017/18 Commissioned Artists Joya Powell, Garnet Henderson, and Rebecca Lazier.

In concurrence with the inclusive values the festival was founded on, this executive team focuses on art generated, written, directed, choreographed, composed and performed by artists who expand the definition of a women’s festival. The producers strive to create a full, empowering, festival dedicated to a community that hears, sees and celebrates women, gender non-conforming and non-binary artists in all of their dynamic diversity.

EstroGenius 2018 is presented by Manhattan Theatre Source, Frigid New York with one special night hosted by La Mama Experimental Theater March 8-25 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Tickets ($15 and 2 for $25). For full programming and ticketing information, click HERE.

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