Brooklyn Rail: Sharing Opacity

This writing was published in Brooklyn Rail’s November 2022 Issue as part of “VESSEL: Seeing Double,” parallel reviews by Noa Weiss and myself of David Thomson’s new work, VESSEL, which premiered at The Chocolate Factory in New York in October 2022. Read an excerpt below, and read the full interview on Brooklyn Rail’s website. One performer, …

Responding (notes app edition) to Mina Nishimura’s Mapping a Forest while Searching for an Opposite Term of Exorcist at Danspace Project

Image reads: is the opposite of an exorcism an incantation? laughing bones of a building laughing ghosts of a building gasping through them how do you listen to ghosts how do you cast a spell incomplete and unbotheredtrails in sand snails leaving slug tracksshard of bone twitchingpraying for a silly ghost i didn’t do iti …

Responding (notes app edition) to Fana Fraser’s MINDSEX at Abrons Arts Center

Images read: mindsex waiting for it to move you waiting for it to speak thru auras and ghosts couldn’t watch some spit spots nauseous honey viscous sweet tongue spittle burp mind fuck – perpetual opening nora is anxious what are we there for? whose sex? starting stopping getting distracted can’t decide can’t decide getting confused …

Responding (notes app edition) to Storyboard P’s No Diving 2 at Performance Space New York

Image reads: storyboard p how do you get in the zone? i look for where i’m lying to myself smooth and shaky precarity, often near edges he keeps surprisingwhen he slows down ahout on bailshoes often skimming audience members, gentlyeddie on stage, his mother weepingsmiles and eye contact and watching yousee me seeing you i …

Brooklyn Rail: In Conversation with Audre Wirtanen

This writing was published in Brooklyn Rail’s April 2021 Issue. Read my introduction below, and read or listen to the full interview on Brooklyn Rail’s website. On March 5, 2020, Audre Wirtanen danced through a stage of props—an IV stand, clipboards, doctor’s chairs—recounting experiences of mistreatment and misdiagnosis from systems that promised care. She impersonated …

being with and letting go

This writing was published as a part of Danspace Project’s Volume II of PLATFORM 2020: Utterances From The Chorus, a virtual catalogue that contains memories and reflections of the multi-week Platform. Read an excerpt below, and read the full essay here, on page 27. In the sanctuary, teetering on the edge of performance, we expand …

Responding to Eiko’s A Body in a Cemetery

I am in Green-Wood Cemetery, on my birthday, beside my parents. We are planted on a grassy slope among stone grave markers, eyes trained on Eiko–my mentor, employer, former professor, who I haven’t seen in six months. I haven’t seen her because of the pandemic, because so many people are dying. It feels right we …

Responding to Audre Wirtanen’s DX ME FIX ME

Published on Dance Enthusiast Audre’s handout, passed around after the performance of her new work, DX ME FIX ME, guides us, the audience, in how to engage with her work. Before asking us to reflect on what we experienced, she writes “Check in with yourself” “Notice you are breathing, you are on the ground.” With …

Responding to remembering Okwui Okpokwasili’s Sitting On a Man’s Head

Late March 2020. I’m so tired. I can’t figure out why. I’ve sat in front of a laptop researching disaster grants all day, but the government website keeps crashing. I baked cookies. I walked down my rainy street, veering back and forth to maintain the distance between masked neighbors. These things should not make me tired. I receive a message from a Danspace …