Commentary = not thing
All tickets for the Feb 23 show at 3pm are $15.
Part Steven Sondheim and part The B-52’s, Commentary = not thing is a modern dance opera that unfolds into a series of kaleidoscopic movement passages, vocalizing scores and chanting and singing sequences. In this work, May — a choreographer devoted to abstraction and its ability to communicate the expressive body — examines social emotions such as compassion, embarrassment, shame, guilt and contempt, in an effort to generate a narrative that is fueled by the emotional happenings of the individuals in the group and the interpersonal events that unfold.
Feb 21 at 6:30 Come Early Discussion: Abstraction, Text, and the Emotional Body with Sarah Maxfield (Performance Creator and Curator)
Feb 22 Stay Late Discussion: Unpacking “Commentary = not thing” with Brian Rogers (Artistic Director, The Chocolate Factory)
Commentary = not thing is commissioned by New York Live Arts and is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and by contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts. The work was developed, in part, during a residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center supported by New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.