Choreography by KATHRYN ROSZAK
Lissa Resnick, Kathryn Roszak, and Michael McClure at the Jazzschool
Dances that travel through the visceral, sensual, jazzy and political terrain of Michael McClure's poetry... images of social justice erupt along with intimate visions of the natural world...
Michael McClure is well-known as a key poet of San Francisco's Beat Generation. Mysteriosos uses selected poetry from McClure's book of the same name.
Mystery and metamorphosis are evoked as dancers move amongst visual artist Amy Evans McClure's horse sculpture. Featuring live music by jazz saxophonist and McClure collaborator George Brooks, the work premiered at the Jazzschool in Berkeley on March 2, 2012. Dancer and Danse Lumière guest artist Lissa Resnick joined Roszak for the premiere performance.
Kathryn Roszak wrote: "I first encountered Michael McClure when I was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to create an interactive performance exploring Bodhisattvas of Compassion. The program included Maxine Hong Kingston's writing, and I selected a poem on Kwannon by McClure, which was read next to a beautiful Kwan Yin statue. Ever since, I've wanted to set dances to his visceral, muscular poems, which are filled with possibilties for movement. Nothing is what it appears in Mysteriosos... everything changes, everything morphs. Characters emerge from the poetry - the Old Woman, a Young Girl (waitress), horses and other animals. An arc appears, from youth to middle age to wisdom and old age. I am fascinated to find new ways of working with the beat synergy to create a dance-theater cabaret."
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