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Nowhere to Go in a Desert of Images

by Seph Rodney on July 22, 2016

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In Xaviera Simmon’s CODED exhibition, now on view at The Kitchen, there are a lot of intersections between the human, sexualized (and colored) body, and wide, visually monotonous land- and seascapes.

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Post image for A Splintered and Sung Exploration of Black Women’s Identities

The title of writer-dancer-artist-choreographer Ralph Lemon’s new production, Scaffold Room, describes equally well the contraption on and around which it’s staged and the way the piece is structured.

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Early in koosil-ja’s new show I Am Capitalism, which ran at The Kitchen last week, she spoke through recorded voice-overs of a desire to acquire dances.

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Post image for Bar Exam: Richard Maxwell’s ‘The Evening’

The signature style of Richard Maxwell — a playwright and director who has received awards and fellowships from practically every major theater foundation, and whose rehearsals were presented as a work of art in the 2012 Whitney Biennial — works well in his latest piece, The Evening.

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In his newest live documentary, The Measure of All Things, filmmaker Sam Green ponders why we’re obsessed with the extremes of accomplishment, no matter how obscure or mundane they actually are.

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An Abolitionist’s Work, in Present Tense

by Tara Sheena on October 28, 2014

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John Brown is so much more than historical matter or biographical trope in Moss’s world; he is an ideological framework, able to produce a compelling, albeit densely layered, performance work.

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A Concussive Experiment in Metal Noise

by Allison Meier on October 1, 2014

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Jamie Stewart, of the band Xiu Xiu, describes how he and artist Danh Vō started to collaborate as “amorphous,” with Vō having incorporated some of Stewart’s lyrics from “Fabulous Muscles” into his visual art.

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The script for “Bystander,” Liz Magic Laser’s performance at The Kitchen, consists principally of two types of statements about current events — the personal and the reportorial.

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Dissecting Contemporary Dance

by Jeremy M. Barker on November 8, 2013

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Even for those well-versed in contemporary dance, Maria Hassabi’s work can sometimes test the very applicability of the term. Sure, postmodernism has expanded dance’s vocabulary to include all sorts of things well outside the limitations of formal technique, from pedestrian movement to text and so on, but at some level, most people still expect to see performers actually move around on stage at a dance piece.

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Post image for The Dancehall Meets the Sound Installation for Some “Hard Love”

What happens when you immerse the vocals of a dancehall queen who thrives on pulsing beats in the droning of an art sound machine? That was the experiment set up between Jamaican dub vocalist Warrior Queen and New York artist Marina Rosenfeld in P.A./Hard Love, which had its premiere last weekend at the Kitchen in Chelsea.

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