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I Dreamt of Going to Space Camp

Tom Sachs’ Space Mission: Mars is a lot like Space Camp for adults. For me, Space Camp represents a forever unattainable dream of my childhood. I grew-up on the Space Coast in Florida, watching every shuttle launch, dreaming of going to Space Camp, but never being able to afford it. I have a feeling that a young Sachs also dreamed of going to Space Camp.

Posted inPerformance

An Offering of Three Shen Wei Dance Pieces at the Park Avenue Armory

I spent part of the third section of Shen Wei’s modern dance showing at the Park Avenue Armory on Tuesday watching a shoeless young woman (a member of the audience who was, like me, allowed to wander along the grid of 60 dancer-inhabited squares of performance space), stare slack-jawed and wide-eyed at the topless performers smeared with paint leaping and spinning and writhing before her. Her proximity to them was probably jarring enough, but add to that experience the intimidating vastness of the Armory’s coliseum-sized hangar with booming surround sound and a reverberating floor, and its easy to see why someone might drop all pretense of understanding and question what’s expected of them.