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La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival: Johnnie Cruise Mercer & Jesse Zaritt in a Shared Evening

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival: Johnnie Cruise Mercer & Jesse Zaritt in a Shared Evening


La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club


The Downstairs Theatre @ La MaMa
66 E 4th St
New York, NY


Friday, April 15, 2022 - 8:30pm daily through April 16, 2022
Sunday, April 17, 2022 - 4:00pm daily through April 16, 2022



La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

Shared Evening

Johnnie Cruise Mercer | Process memoir 7 (Vol. 5): to land somewhere unfelt

Jesse Zaritt | No End of Detail (III)

Friday and Saturday, April 15–16, at 8:30pm; Sunday, April 17, at 4pm

The Downstairs Theatre

Johnnie Cruise Mercer’s to land somewhere unfelt is a three-night journey built as a coming-out ceremony, a reconciliation between Mercer’s personal embodied history and developing philosophical voice. About this work, Mercer has said: “I am interested in moving through time, allowing myself to get lost, and then publicly landing on a statement about free being-hood. To land somewhere unrecognizable, that’s my goal—to land somewhere unfelt, make a statement and decide to move on from it, a marathon of forever becoming.” to land somewhere unfelt marks the fifth formally presented volume within Process memoir 7: Volumes on Black Philosophy, Othered Possibility, and Freedom (through Rest, Unrestricted Thought thus Imagination).

Jesse Zaritt’s No End of Detail (III) is organized as a series of bodybuilding and body-dissolving rituals that attempt to both make and unmake a self. Zaritt is driven by the mutability of tissue—muscle, bone, blood, organs, and nerves—encased within sonic and textual artifacts of an Ashkenazi American Jewish life. The work is an exercise in how dancing and drawing materialize the radical instabilities of figuration. Choreography, performance, costume, text, and sound design by Zaritt. 


Johnnie Cruise Mercer; photo by Tony Turner

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