MARK DENDY: "tHE aGe Of aNxiEty" dendy/donovan projects Work In Progress
THE AGE OF ANXIETY
a dAnceD pLay pOem
Poetry by Erica Hunt with Yanyi, and W.H. Auden
Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Dendy and Stephen Donovan
Choreography by Mark Dendy in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Ashley R.T. Yergen, Mei Yamanaka, Kayla M. Farrish,
Stephen Donovan, Mark Dendy, Cheryl Cochran, Malaika Cambridge, London Brison
Costumes: Stephen Donovan and Mark Dendy
Video, Sound and all the other distractions: Stephen Donovan
THE AGE OF ANXIETY, the Pulitzer prize book length poem by W.H. Auden, captured the post-war feeling of shock after the rise of fascism as the world transitioned into a new order anchored by the organizational man, and consumer capitalism (buy and be), a hedge against the brittle edges of the Cold War. Against this backdrop, four individuals, aspects of Auden himself, strive to make sense and meaning, from the ashes of the convulsed past world, in order to imagine, intuit, reason and love their way to an authentic and livable present.
Our AGE OF ANXIETY traces contemporary agitation in the body (politic) and is also a response to the resurgence of fascism in our culture today. In performances situated in multiple characters, bodies and voices, we explore how difference shapes anxiety: Black, White, Latinx or Asian, queer or trans, newcomer or old, female and male, gay and straight, past frames seem insufficient, and new frames that center respect and dignity for all are still emerging. Characters navigate the space of the in-between, practicing a generative freedom that is part wishful thinking and part rehearsal, while in some respects never far away from the possibility of public violence. In THE AGE OF ANXIETY we present here, anxiety calls you by name.
ADF @ DIXON PLACE. A showcase of work by five artists that AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL champions. ADF is providing a showcase for these talented artists because the works are not currently represented by a booking agent. The works are and or will be available for touring soon. ADF has presented work by all of the artists and is dedicated to sharing their work with other presenters.
dendy/donovan projects (25 minutes)
seymour: collective (15 minutes)
Sara Juli (15 minutes)
The Dash ensemble (15 minutes)
Presenters attend for FREE. For reservations contact
Photo by Yi-Chun Wu
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