Artist Alicia Grullon performs the role of a UN representative for refugees to address the migration crisis at the southern US border.
Through “Junkanooacome” (“Junkanoo is coming” in Jamaican patois), Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow offers an adaptation of a pan-Caribbean festival with a parade of masked dancers.
Despite a gorgeous, impressively conducted score, David Lang’s prisoner of the state felt overstuffed, unsatisfying, and contradictory.
At the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, performances by Mia Habib and Ligia Lewis stood out for their engrossing contributions to the ever-evolving medium.
Veteran musician Onyx Ashanti’s performance prompted larger questions of how personal, cultural works hold value in commodified spaces of leisure, excess and consumption.
In Just a Blink of an Eye, the performers lean backwards, appearing as victims of an unseen violence.
While entertaining at first, Reborning, which deals with the phenomenon of hyperrealistic “reborn dolls,” progressively unveils what it means to be an artist in the 21st century.
Though its music, and use of Mapplethorpe’s photographs and texts by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith were impressive in their own rights, the performance Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) ultimately appeared cheap, forced, and self-congratulatory.
Michael R. Jackson’s subversive sermon on the conflicted heart of a Black, queer man writing a musical about a Black, queer man details an artist’s fight against society’s expectations of what he should be.
Imhof’s performance Sex is dramatic, even melodramatic, yet its drama is not sensual; it removes bodily urges from the mix.
The show demonstrates that human connection isn’t dead in spite of the forest of technology that separates us from each other, and that we can have our limbic state reset through music.
The Grounds that Shout! project put Reggie Wilson in the role of curator as well as choreographer to present his own work alongside the dances of seven Philadelphia choreographers and companies who created the performances.