SWELL(ing) Relatives written and directed by Valeria Vasilevski and featuring the Bessie Award winning performer, Lawrence Goldhuber.
SWELL(ing) Relatives is a brief excursion into the world of one man who, in his obsessive search for a still life, stumbles into a mad Alice-in-Wonderland world of relativity, a shifting, bloating, floating world that catapults him to the brink of madness.
Goldhuber plays Norman, a man whose special condition requires the use of 1000 potatoes to hold all his possessions down so they won't float away. He struggles with this in a 45 minute monologue probing universal subjects such as the power of superstition, the madness of solitude, and the blatant inconsistencies in our everyday reality.
The company brings together some elders of the old New York "avant" community including the drag legend Hapi Phace who is making 1000 paper mache potatoes for the piece, director/writer Vasilevski, a maverick of theater and all realms of performance, music and dance, and Goldhuber -actor turned post modern dancer, back to actor! And some newer kids too: costumer Frank Krenz, here from Japan, is hand painting a stunning silk kimono and Broadway's best, Clifton Taylor will design the lights.
About Lawrence Goldhuber
Most recently: directed and choreographed the commissioned premiere of Julius Caesar Superstar at
Danspace Project in NYC for a cast of 16. Other work includes the commissioned premiere of The Life
and Times of Barry Goldhubris at the Joyce Soho, TBA Festival at PICA in Portland, OR, and PS 122 in
NY, choreographing and performing in The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony commissioned by Jacob's Pillow
Dance Festival, and creating and appearing in The Cost of Living/Can We Afford This with British
group DV8 Physical Theater at the Olympic Arts Festival in Sydney, in London and Hong Kong.
Goldhuber last appeared at La MaMa e.t.c in March of this year in a dance solo choreographed for him
by Wallie Wolfgruber.
Born in New York City, Goldhuber trained as an actor at Boston University. He received a New
York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award in 1995 for "sustained achievement as an influential
presence in modern dance" and served as the host for the 2002 awards. He is the recipient of a 2002
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Choreography, as well as funding from the
Jerome, Harkness, and Bossak/Heilbron Foundations, Manhattan Communitiy Arts Fund, and The American
Goldhuber worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from1985-95, touring worldwide
and creating roles in such landmark dances as Still/Here and Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The
Promised Land. On television, Mr. Goldhuber was featured in both Alive TV's Still/Here and PBS'
Great Performances series documentary Dancing to The Promised Land.
His company, Goldhuber & Latsky (with partner Heidi Latsky) performed internationally from
1997-2001 (including a nine city tour of Switzerland) and received many commissions for new work,
including The Joyce Theater, The American Dance Festival (Primus/Tamaris Fellowship in
Choreography), The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, and The Cannes International
Festival de Danse.
In May 2007, Dance Theater Workshop will present Goldhuber and his company BIGMANARTS in a
season of repertory performances. For more information, please visit www.goldhuber.com
About Valeria Vasilevski.
She has been writing, directing and performing in the downtown community since 1978. Ms. Vasilevski
has her roots deep in the theater, extending back to original work with Jerzy Grotowski ('74) and
evolving through performance art, dance theater, music theater and "concert theater". Her article on Concert Theater, "Pioneering a New Form or Putting a Dress on a
Tree?" appears in the Yale Theater Review.
Recently her chamber opera, She Lost Her Voice That's How We Knew , a collaboration with composer
Frances White appeared at the Rubin Museum and then in Barcelona, Vienna,and Amsterdam. Her concert "infomercial", BYOD, with composer Randall Woolf, had a Philadelphia premiere with the American
Composers Orchestra. And based on her texts for new music composers, she has been an ASCAP Rewards
recipient for the last six consecutive years.
Fellowships include a Fulbright and IREX to Poland to work with Jerzy Grotowski; a Rockefeller
Fellowship to Bellagio,Italy; a Ford Foundation Fellowship to APPEX (Asia Pacific Performance
Exchange); an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Japan and Fellow/Guest Director at The Festival
of Arab Theater in Amman, Jordan. She was a 2001 Fellow at The Mac Dowell Colony.
Vasilevski is the recipient of major awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the NEA;
the New York & New Hampshire Councils on the Arts; Walker Arts Center; Museum Of Contemporary Art,
(L.A.); The National Music Theater Conference (the O Neill); Aaron Copland Fund; Greenwall
Foundation; Joyce SOHO, Art Awareness; AfroPop; The Cary Trust for Composers and Librettists, and
Meet The Composer.
In spoken word she directed the first ever (and last) Sondheim Slam at Joe's Pub. And in yberspace- the first music theater piece on Internet 2 commissioned by Harvest Works, NYU
About Hapi Phace
Paper-mache potatoes. Hapi is happy to be working with Larry again. His most recent stage
appearance, as a Senator, was in his Bigmanarts production Julius Caesar Superstar. Hapi's gig as
the host of the popular Sunday night, Whispers, at the Pyramid Club earned him minor-cultural icon
status during the 80s. Originally, he moved to NYC as an art school drop-out. His exhibit of
paintings, The 99_ Art Show. Subsequent exhibits at Pompeii included, Anyone Can Paint: The $1.99
Art Show, Binary Reification In Art Moderne, and The $9.99 Art Show. He appears semi-regularly in
the less-than-frequent The Lucy Show as Navaho Woman Trickster, who quietly sits in the corner
weaving baskets, beading necklaces, or doing some other sort of handicraft. He began making
paper-mache props and jewelry for the theater for the late Ethyl Eichelberger in particular and then
for his own shows such as: Sara Lee Enterman: Undercover Dietician, Lincoln, I Told You These Heels
Were Killing Me, which were presented in many downtown venues including La MaMa ETC., PS 122, Dixon
Place, et al. He would like to thank his mind numbing day job for its generous pension plan,
liberal vacation policy, and so-so health insurance. Hello Pearl!
About Clifton Taylor
Broadway Lighting Credits: The Two and Only (Ovation Nomination), Hot Feet (Henry Hewes Nomination),
Frozen. Off-Broadway: The Two and Only, Frozen (Lortel nomination), Scattergood, Endgame, The
Streets of New York, Last Easter. Recent regional credits include Houston's Alley Theater, ACT
(Seattle), the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Cleveland Play House. Dance: American
Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Houston Ballet, Lar
Lubovitch Dance Company, the Elisa Monte Company and Armitage Gone! Dance. International: Maggio
Danza in Florence, Italy; Sardono Dance Theatre of Indonesia; Ballet do Rio de Janeiro; Ballet de
Lorraine in Nancy, France; London's Rambert Dance; the Scottish National Ballet; Les Grandes Ballets
Canadiens; Ballet Jazz de Montreal.
About Frank Krenz
Frank Krenz has based the "SWELL(ing) Relatives" design on the woodblock prints by KUNICHIKA
TOYOHARA (1835 - 1900). KUNICHIKA was one of the last Ukiyo-e masters to illustrate the beauties
of the Floating World. He loved the theatre, and loved drawing it's performers. Krenz current
projects include costmes for The Rockettes for the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall, "Yuming
Spectacle Shangrila III" in Japan, and a project in development for Las Vegas (Project X).