The myth of James Dean is viewed through the distorting lens of an agitator on the New York scene. The American dream debunked in a hybrid, unusual and exciting piece.
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.
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.
PRODUCED BY MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE
CHOREOGRAPHY MIGUEL GUTIERREZ IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PERFORMERSARTISTIC CONTRIBUTORS ALEX ANFANGER + NEIL MEDLYNPERFORMED BY MICHELLE BOULÉ + MIGUEL GUTIERREZ + TAREK HALABY SOUND DESIGNNEAL MEDLYN COSTUME DESIGNDAVID 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 CABADOTRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
MIGUEL GUTTIEREZ (NEW YORK)
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).