HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE AUTUMNAL SPEWSLETTER FROM MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE
Do you feel different yet? Does the mere presence of images followed by text create an expectation of comprehension or logical explanation? ?I encourage you to let that go immediately!??This promises to be the longer SPEWSLETTER yet. But since this is only the second one who knows what the future holds?
This promises to be the longer SPEWSLETTER yet. But since this is only the second one who knows what the future holds? ?Think of this like the September 2007 issue of Vogue, bloated with page after page of seductive imagery punctuated by spurious but no less seductive content. Ahh September 2007, we were all so innocent then. To think this newsletter might be the inspiration of a thoroughly enjoyable yet forgettable documentary two years down the road!
MY inspirations for this SPEWSLETTER are the multiple downloadable TV series that carry me (and you) through the multifarious depressions that strike us throughout our cell phone radio wave laden lives. I promise to make every paragraph a cliffhanger that forces you to soldier on to the next one, against your “better judgment,” and your desire to sleep, or, god forbid, read. (By the way, I really just couldn’t figure out how to make the hyperlinks hyperlink. Entourage I curse you!)
Photo of Michelle Boulé in Last Meadow by Ian Douglas
Heaps of humble thanks to the folks who came to the premiere of Last Meadow in PICA’s TBA Festival in Portland www.pica.org/tba/tba09/default.aspx and the shows at DTW www.dtw.org in NY in September. We sold out all of our shows on both coasts, thanks to the burning fever for contemporary performance that lives inside of you despite what Gawker or a partisan loving Congressperson would say. Oh and Portland totally TURNED IT THE FUCK OUT for DEEP AEROBICS. It was a full-on pagan feast for the ecstatic past/present/future.
Photo of Daryl Hannahkokaya, Portland leader of DEEP AEROBICS, by Dorothea Lange
Oh and here are some links to awesome articles and reviews about Last Meadow.
Artforum “500 Words” by David Velasco
NYTimes review by Claudia LaRocco
Dance Magazine review by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Portland Monthly Mag review by Lisa Radon
For those of you who weren’t able to see Last Meadow, please commence a “harass your local presenter” program as soon as possible to bring us to your fair city! This summer at the Creative Capital http://www..creative-capital.org retreat I found out that there’s a website for that. Of course there is, right? Problem is I can’t remember what that is which tells you a little bit about how college went for me.
At this point, I can tell you about certain places I know we’re definitely NOT going, so email me back with the answer to the riddle of the sphinx and I can tell you that, so you can plan your next geographic shift. We in the top secret echelons of MGPP administration are trying to figure out whether we should do some kind of APAP showing with Last Meadow this year or if that’s just so much whistling into the wind. Thoughts? Write us back or just go spew some misspelled vitriol on a youtube thread or blog.
Photo of Hermes and Zeus by Michael Jackson
Luckily we do have some more dates for the show coming up at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington on January 15 and 16, 2010. ?http://www.flynncenter.org Thank you to the great Arnie Malina for that opportunity. Just remember, Burlington is a glorious pit stop on the way to your winter vacation to Montreal. By the way, please enjoy the following behind-the-scenes photo of Michelle, Tarek and me rehearsing at Oregon Ballet Theater http://www.obt.org, where the rehearsals are free but the asses are tight baby!
Photo by Terry Richardson van Lamsveerde
WE INTERRUPT THIS SPEWSLETTER TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE VENERABLE KARINNE KEITHLEY WITH HER AWESOME INDEPENDENTLY RUN 53RD STATE PRESS www.53rdstatepress.com RECENTLY PUBLISHED A COMPILATION OF PERFORMANCE TEXTS BY MG TITLED WHEN YOU RISE UP!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S THE PERFECT TREAT TO DOLE OUT TO UNSUSPECTING CHILDREN THIS HALLOWEEN. ?YOU CAN PURCHASE IT FOR 10 BONES HERE:
AND THIS IS WHAT THE FRONT COVER LOOKS LIKE:
Photo by Sylvia Plath
After the shows of LM in NYC, I got on a plane with my slave driving manager Ben Pryor and first time t.d. Enrico Wey to do Retrospective Exhibitionist in Zagreb as a co-presentation of the Perforacije Festival http://www.perforacije.org/ along with the Young Choreographers Platform http://www.tala.hr/. ?Perforacije means “perforations.” As in, subtle cleavings into the paper consciousness of your brain.
Photo of the inside of the Croatian National Theater by Ansel Adams
Well on my way to one of the more harrowing encounters with strep throat I’ve ever had, we hopped on the plane to that “City of Light” aka Brussels, to do Retrospective Exhibitionist at Latitudes Contemporaines Festival http://latitudescontemporaines.com at Les Halles de Schaerbeek http://www.leshalles.be, home to one of the most incredibly clear slow-mo VCR’s I have yet to cross paths with. After the show, B, E and I went to a gay bar and stood around awkwardly, waiting for something to happen. Of course, nothing did.
Photo by Tipper Gore
And then Retrospective Exhibitionist, the solo that would not die, was performed again last weekend at Connecticut College www.conncoll.edu/departments/dance/, by way of invitation from the illustrious David Dorfman. It was one of my favorite performances of that show ever, and there was a great discussion with the audience afterwards. Work it out, New London, and long live the PPD. DEEP AEROBICS was also foisted upon the denizens of this gentle hamlet. Lots of people came costumed as drunk, straight, hot, shirtless guys. So lifelike!
Are you exhausted yet? I am.
What more could there be? Will this play out like the cliffhanger in BSG where Starbuck returns from the dead to lead the totalitarian government and the nefarious Cylons to Earth? Or like when the morally wayward Nancy Botnik produces the in-utero image of her unborn child, spawn of her unholy alliance with a Mexican druglord in the “post PC” yet undeniably racist third season of Weeds?
Photo of baited-breath readers by Rumi
Well, to conclude this tedious barrage of information and ego, let me leave you with the FIVE REMAINING FACTS OF FALL:
I'm teaching technique class on Tuesdays and Thursday in November and December (Nov 10 to 24, then Dec 8 to 17) at 10am through Movement OCtResearch. Class will be at Danspace Project.
I'm performing Retrospective Exhibitionist in Paris in December at Le Menagerie De Verre. Dates are December 3, 4, 5.
I'm making music for the beautiful piece that Neal Beasley’s making for the Dance and Process show at the Kitchen. It features Neal, Beth Gill and Michelle Boulé. Anyway you slice it it’s a win win situation! The piece is on a shared evening with work by Renee Archibald and Steven Reker. Dates for that are Friday and Saturday Dec 11 and 12th! Check it out.
I’m helping to direct Samuael Topiary’s Landscape With the Fall of Icarus, a fascinating show involving writing, video and performance by Topiary with sound and image design by Peter Kerlin. This fantastic and vital piece weaves together monologues by characters ranging from Amelia Earhart to David Rockefeller to talk about the fall of the twin towers on 9/11 and its relationship to tricky questions that surround the longstanding equation between progress and greed. There will be some kind of work in progress showing of this in December so keep your ears pricked and your eyes ever vigilant.
A direct question does not necessarily get you a direct answer, and oh oh oh the pain of that.
In other news, MGPP is DESPERATELY looking for help overhauling its website to a CMS site. This involves re-designing the site and making it super easy for us to update it on our own. Maybe you or someone you know is a brilliant web designer with a great sense of follow through who wants to help us do that? Also we could use an intern and a bookkeeper and a president who will get us out of war.
Photo of Tarek Halaby in Last Meadow by Alex Escalante
There remain some potentially unsubstantiated facts but let's stick to those which we can CONFIRM.
Oh my you got to the end of the SPEWSLETTER. That means you get to watch this:
Wear a scarf.
Photo of MG in Last Meadow by Ves Pitts
If you don’t wanna get this anymore, obviously you’re conflicted cuz you read this far.