Performance Art

Amanda Palmer As The Nude Patron Saint Of Children’s Literacy

by Ash M. Richteron August 28, 2015
  Amanda Palmer strikes again.    The indefatigable avante garde whirlwind refuses to let her pregnancy slow down her art.    At eight months pregnant, the artist, musician, modern philosopher and ultimate Renaissance woman-of-the-future stripped down, painted up, and stood nude in front of the New York Public Library for the day as a living […]

North Korea’s Instructional Dance Video

by Claire Meyeron June 26, 2015
   A recently released video of North Korean traditional dances has surfaced. But it doesn’t stop there: instructions are provided! While public dancing used to be a much more frequent sight, open performance in this strict region has been seen less and less in the last decade. The songs that the dances are performed to are […]

“Cuddles”: Two Sisters’ Bloodsucking Trials

by Claire Meyeron June 25, 2015
   In Joseph Wilde’s ultimately creepy sibling relationship (creepy in a different way, Lannisters) that unfolds in Cuddles, sisters are propelled in different directions because of one very distinct power play. Older sister, Tabby, is holding younger sister, Eve, as prisoner because she is a vampire. Hoping to morph her into a semblance of a human, […]

Teaching With The Stars: Hollywood’s Dance Studio

by Claire Meyeron June 16, 2015
   There are certain things that are so ingrained in our current culture, we nary might be able to think of life without them. One of the grandest of all is, of course, the Internet: endless capabilities for research, information, viewing pleasures, music, human connection, and the list goes on. How different life would be […]

How to Do Battle Onstage

by Claire Meyeron June 9, 2015
   Ever been watching actors do battle (literally) in a scene and think, that looks so real!? While keeping in mind that your favorite Hollywood muse hasn’t actually been stabbed through the chest with a sword, there is a lot of training and preparation before a faux weapon is put in the hands of the fighters. From many […]

When Hertiage Stands in the Way

by Claire Meyeron June 4, 2015
   Creativity and the things that are produced from it typically stems from the familiar. What could be more recognizable to one’s self than where they came from and what their culture celebrates? However, does the heritage from where one comes hinder the ability to create and expand pieces beyond just that scope?    Dancers, […]

A Sign of the Times: Musicals for the Deaf

by Claire Meyeron June 2, 2015
   Music and singing seem to be a realm that American Sign Language (ASL) would have a hard time penetrating. For Deaf West, a partly deaf, partly hearing guild of actors, the musicals are a mixture of signing and singing with the aforementioned group of actors. The recent production of Spring Awakening demonstrated the talents of both […]

Ghost-y Standup: Comedians in Hologram Form

by Claire Meyeron May 29, 2015
   There’s a lot of great comedians that have fallen off the radar. As more time passes since many of these great performers have passed on, their legacy falls and their greatest stand-ups from the varying eras are buried, as well. The National Comedy Center, set to open sometime in 2016 in Jamestown, NY, will feature […]

The World of “Boylesque”

by Claire Meyeron May 29, 2015
   In a hidden world that he never imagined, photographer Magnus Arrevad has captured the amazing underground world of male burlesque dancers in a series of photographs in a collection called “Boy Story.” Beyond the vibrant stages of drag shows, male entertainers are able to freely express themselves and get the opportunity to “just be […]

Desert Dancer Shows Iran’s “Footloose”

by Claire Meyeron May 21, 2015
   Footloose, Dirty Dancing, and a touch of Billy Elliot have been taken to the streets of Iran in a movie that serves as a sort of protest of the illegality of public dancing throughout the country. Desert Dancer follows the true story of a group of Iranian twentysomethings who indulge their love of dance, despite the consequences of being […]