BUTOH | PHYSICAL THEATRE | FILM | SOUND
an absurdist, ensemble, butoh-theatre, extravaganza into the underbelly of American culture…
Integrating dance, physical theatre, butoh, film and live sound– AMERICAN ME is a collaboratively devised performance directed by Mizu Desierto with Stephanie Lanckton, Douglas Allen, & Nathan HG. With Roland Toledo (live sound design) and Ian Lucero (film).
This project was funded in part by a project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council & Work For Art.
DECEMBER 6th 8pm
DECEMBER 7th 8pm
DECEMBER 13th 8pm
DECEMBER 14th 6pm & 8pm
American ME has been in development in the studio for the past 2 years. Led by an improvisatory creative process instigating states of intimacy, truth and risk, the collaborating performers have developed an ensemble sensibility around a number of contemporary American themes, both dark and light. Unrooted in a linear timeline or traditional character development, American Me takes on a surreal American Dreamscape that is a kind of black comedy dance-theatre, intermingled with moments of sincerity and nostalgia (and, of course, commercial breaks). Provocative in its thematic content, the piece frequently changes channels in order to explore issues of gender and class inequality, gay rights, religion, freedom, and the overall breakdown of the American Dream.