The Exponential Festival: "JERK" by Alex Romania
Choreography by Alex Romania
Sound by Alex Romania
Costume by Alex Romania
‘JERK’ is a physically vulnerable choreography that frames the male body precariously inside violence and desire -- as I swing a microphone from my pelvis I evoke a landscape of forms drawing from BDSM, athletics, punk, religion, flagellation... Through genital hypnosis and rigorous discomfort, this dance is of (narcissistic) pleasure and (quiet) longing, (self) mutilation and (self) care. An exorcism of failures and a failure to exorcise... a dance to flatten and complexify the male body, to tenderize the flesh, to exhaust violent white masculinity, to newly inhabit — a phallic solo to recompose the phallus.
'Jerk' has been in development since 2014 with commissioning support from Gibney Dance and the Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, the Late Nite Series in Minneapolis, residency support in NYC from Chez Bushwick, Abrons Arts Center, in Portland from LACUNA, and in Buenos Aires from UV Estudios. Excerpts have been performed in NYC at Glasshouse Artlifelab, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Draftwork at Danspace, the Performance Mix Festival, the Center for Performance Research, Bushwick Open Studios, Diverse Universe Festival, and in it's entirety at Domingo in Lima, Peru, and Human Resources in L.A.
photo by Daniela Sanchez
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