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La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival: Brendan Drake | Jasmine Hearn
Brendan Drake | Jasmine Hearn
The Big Finish
This work for 3 performers uses camp, humor, and the American Musical Theater Songbook to examine the paradox of depression and isolation amidst boisterous self-expression. Sanity requires a certain level of impersonation. What we project out into the world as our most authentic self is often nothing more than a glossy varnish, but what would happen if we truly “let our freak flag fly?” Through text and movement, framed by thoughts on vanity, insecurity and suicide, The Big Finish subverts the very thin veneer of public decency and envisions a collective unraveling of sanity.
blue, sable, and burning
This solo work uses memories of home, travel, and the waters that we visited and that have visited us, as source for a collage of dance, song, and story-telling. Taking inspiration from Robin Coste Lewis’ poem The Voyage of the Sable Venus, the piece revisits imagery from an ongoing collaboration with visual artist and activist Jennifer Meridian, and is a map that follows where the sable venus has been in past, present, and future.
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