West of Eden
Impudently attacking the myth of James Dean on a virtually bare stage that evokes a Hollywood soundstage, the New York choreographer Miguel Gutierrez undermines the image of a powerful, God-fearing America. Catapulted in turn into the empty space of lost illusions and onto the silver screen of fabricated dreams, the characters of Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant reveal their shortcomings and their contradictions. Sensuality, sexual ambivalence, thwarted desire and power struggles are the motivating forces for this explosive trio.
A hybrid piece with a queer aesthetic, Last Meadow clouds the very issues being pursued by means of skilful use of deconstruction and distortion. Eras, genres, texts and music are mixed, blended and superimposed on each other. Bodies are pushed to the point of exhaustion, and the audience is caught up in a whirlwind of offbeat conceits. Unclassifiable and exciting.
Rebel, with Cause
An award-winning agitator on the New York scene, this 39-year-old choreographer, dancer, musician and performer has created over twenty works – all part of the baggage of this versatile artist for whom voice is movement and the body a vector of emotions and ideas. Identity, desire, longing and a search for meaning are at the heart of hybrid works that resist pigeonholing. These include Nothing, No thing (inner turmoil and ephemeral feelings), dAMNATION rOAD (the body in terror) and Everyone (the individual in society).
Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People
Based in Brooklyn since 2001, the choreographer alternates between solo projects, performances and ensemble pieces, working with a group of some fifty dancers, musicians and visual artists. His explosive style commingles genres and toys with conventions. His political protest freedomofinformation performance events (continuous movement for 24 hours while blindfolded and ear-plugged) are a striking example of his commitment and intensity. Works such as I succumb or performances pieces like myendlesslove and Retrospective Exhibitionist explore questions of identity. In the case of Last Meadow, he places national identity in the hot seat in a piece that was honoured with two Bessie Awards.
« Miguel Gutierrez est l'un des artistes les plus passionnants de l'effervescente scène new-yorkaise. (…) [L]a danse court-circuite les scènes dramatiques, brouille les styles, les références avec un humour irrésistible, sans atténuer la densité sentimentale des personnages. »
« [I]l faut adresser un énorme salut à ces artistes américains pour leur double capacité à porter d’une part un regard lucide, décapant, hyper-efficace, sur l’Amérique du désastre. (…) Réjouissant. Hyper-intelligent. (…) Hollywood est mis à nu. »
Gérard MAYEN, Mouvement.net, 16/03/2010
« Michel Gutierrez en fait un spectacle explosif. (…)Tout est là, tout est expression. »
Morgane Nagir, Le clou dans la planche.com, 18/11/2010
“A pinball machine—for obsessive, manic thoughts about gender, sexuality, violence, and being fed up with America.....His political and creative restlessness —his refusal to settle and to settle down—makes him one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices.”
Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Dance Magazine
“Th[e] disjuncture of sound and image-track is a powerful move on Gutierrez (…) The word that kept running through my head (…) was “cinematicalness.”
Thom Donovan, Poetry Fondation.org.,01/13/2010
PRODUCED BY MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE
CHOREOGRAPHY MIGUEL GUTIERREZ IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PERFORMERS ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTORS ALEX ANFANGER + NEIL MEDLYN PERFORMED BY MICHELLE BOULÉ + MIGUEL GUTIERREZ + TAREK HALABY SOUND DESIGN NEAL MEDLYN COSTUME DESIGN DAVID TABBERT LIGHTING DESIGN LENORE DOXSEE
PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION
PREMIERED AT THE PORTLAND CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, SEPTEMBER 2009
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
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