PROBLEM WORK OR “FAILURE” AS A FEMINIST ACT
Adrienne Truscott joined by collaborators will present and talk about excerpts from a show that has caused her nothing but trouble—from the humorously banal to the deeply consequential, both personally and professionally. This show continues to teach her about her process, impulses and impulse control. She has learned strategies for responding to reviews that, while possibly accurate, are also gendered and misogynist, ways of interrogating one’s work and the cultural contexts in which it is made and presented. This show has now garnered her both 4- star reviews and lost her a job!
About Adrienne Truscott
Adrienne Truscott’s work straddles many genres – as a means of creative and financial curiosity and survival choreographer/comedian/performer/writer and half of The Wau Wau Sisters, a 15-year-long boundary-busting cabaret collaboration. Her critically acclaimed Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It continues to tour, is being made in to a documentary special and is considered a critical impetus to the evolving conversation about rape culture. She’s a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Artist (Dance) and a 2017 FCA grant recipient for Theater and Performance. She’s been presented by or performed at such iconic venues/series as Sydney Opera House, The Moth, The Roundhouse, CBGB’s, PS122, The Kitchen, Danspace, Judson Memorial Church, MoMa among others. She’s an occasional writer for The Guardian and her essays have been published in two Australian anthologies. Shows currently on tour are THIS
(2018 Bessie Nominee for Outstanding Production, Wild Bore (Green Room Award (AU)), Adrienne Truscott’s A One-Trick Pony. She’s currently working on new work with Le Gateau Chocolat (UK/AU), Split Britches, brokentalkers (IR) and a new solo piece about genius. She’s taught at Wesleyan, Barnard, Bard, Princeton and NYU. She wears many hats and is attracted to the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor.
Photo by Ian Douglas.
A screening and discussion series, Sorry I Missed Your Show highlights dance works from the recent past to explore their relationship to the dance canon and contemporary practice. All events are free and open to the public.
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