Commentary = not thing
World Premiere 2013, New York Live Arts
Commentary = not thing is a dance play in two parts. This trio for two men and a woman prioritizes a more attentive and often aggressive relationship to the naked body, the functions of the body and the genitals. In an effort to expose the often chaotic and conflictual mode of communication among the group, the lone word or gesture sits next to the chunky dense repeating text. They crash and transform or don't go anywhere. The loss and arousal in this dysfunction creates a jagged and illegible terrain which makes a case for abstraction and its ability to communicate the expressive possibility of the emotional body and alternately, expose and lament its vast limitations.
Performed by Benjamin Asriel, Kayvon Pourazr and Maggie Thom. Music by Chris Seeds, Set design by Brad Kisicki, Lighting by Chloe Z. Brown and Costumes by Reid Bartelme.
Commentary = Not thing was made possible in part by a Process Space Residency on Governor's Island through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
For more information on Commentary = Not Thing, including availability for touring and presentations, please email MAYDANCEinfo@gmail.com. Tech rider and full length video available upon request.
Photos: Alex Escalante (performance + rehearsals)
and Ian Douglas (American Realness performance)