May 27, 2017
May 28, 2017

Shared Evening: Brendan Drake | Jasmine Hearn

a black arrow pointing downward


The Big Finish

two performers in a white studio

This work for 3 performers uses camp, humor, and the American Musical Theater Songbook to examine the paradox of depression and isolation amidst boisterous self-expression. Sanity requires a certain level of impersonation. What we project out into the world as our most authentic self is often nothing more than a glossy varnish, but what would happen if we truly “let our freak flag fly?” Through text and movement, framed by thoughts on vanity, insecurity and suicide, The Big Finish subverts the very thin veneer of public decency and envisions a collective unraveling of sanity.


blue, sable, and burning

performer bending over backward

This solo work uses memories of home, travel, and the waters that we visited and that have visited us, as source for a collage of dance, song, and story-telling. Taking inspiration from Robin Coste Lewis’ poem The Voyage of the Sable Venus, the piece revisits imagery from an ongoing collaboration with visual artist and activist Jennifer Meridian, and is a map that follows where the sable venus has been in past, present, and future.

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival


La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists’ engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.

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