Thu 2 May 2019
Adrienne Truscott’s Bessie-nominated work THIS is propelled by both blistering satire and choreographic composition as radical tools for capturing and holding an audience’s attention.
Adrienne Truscott mines her genre-straddling oeuvre - as a comedian, choreographer, cabaret performer, performance artist, and activist - to create THIS, a Bessie-nominated work of daring satire that responds to the present moment and news cycle. Truscott presents a non-linear confessional that dances between truth and fiction, narrative and autobiography, probing the inadequacy of making art in the current political landscape. Using radical means to capture and hold the viewer's attention - such as a reenactment of Carolee Schneemann's provocative Interior Scroll - THIS is a mélange of theater, monologue, and stand-up comedy interwoven with notions of trauma and upended assumptions that may not always be funny.
THIS is a solo performance that may not always be a solo; it is a dance that may not be a dance; it is a comedy that may not always be funny. It is a performance of writing (and reading) that alters to reflect the moment at hand—the venue and location, the current news cycle—and to reflect the experience of time as it is transformed by memory and embellishment, intention and execution.