Chez Bushwick Presents: 2Night Show April, Comedic Dance Nights

Tickets: $12 in advance or $15 at the door (cash only)

Chez Bushwick proudly presents its first celebration of comedic dance with four talented artists: Jonathan Royse Windham, Sarah Foster, Kaley Pruitt, and Hannah Schwadron. Join them for two nights of laughter, adventure, and new territory. Curated by Caitlin Dutton.

Hannah Schwadron

Blueface is a current series of solo dances made in relation to the artist’s research on “Jewface” performance tropes; those bodily excesses of too much (talking, needing, wanting) and not enough (dancerliness, feminine appeal) that become the recognizable “things” of performing Jewishly. The improvisational score is at once a self-incision into the autoexotic – the performance of self as un/sexy other—and a movement reflection on the joke-work of a “funny girl” body.  A tribute to Jewish stage women of yore (think Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968)) and an effort to take those tropes apart, Blueface morphs between blatant and abstracted movement reference to an American century of Jewish female comic stars and their dancing shtick.

Jonathan Royse Windham

An unknowing audience member is asked to perform on stage unprepared. While intimate details of his character are narrated, the audience gets an intimate look at his secrets, quirks and idiosyncrasies.

“a thoughtful and engaging spatial composition of light, sound, movement, story, participation, emotion and energy. It was by far one of the most unforgettable solo performances I have seen in a while!” -Dance Enthusiast

Kaley Pruitt

Super looks at the icons of the super hero, and sidekick through the impressions we carry of those roles from childhood to adulthood.  The characters change through the piece to accept what bravery is in reality, apart from emulating fantastical comic strip personas.  The piece takes a journey from reality, into a fantasized comic book adventure, and back to reality again.  The scenes travel from friends are meeting after work, to the slapstick, action-packed play world of our childhood super heroes, and back to the day-to-day world the characters become more accepting of.

Constantly shifting between dance and theater, the piece is kept comically upbeat and achieves its goal of blurring what is expected of dance performance.  My aim in making Super is to create a world of escape and fantasy and, at the same time, bring the characters closer to confronting reality with the optimism of youth.  Ultimately, the figures rediscover how to be brave in the face of anything, imagined or real. Super will depict how bravery may really be nothing more than having a powerful and convincing imagination.

Sarah Foster

Helga is a simple woman who lives a simple life, secluded in the American backcountry with her pink bb gun, hair rollers, and high heels.  Raised by her grandfather, who during her childhood suffered from dementia and taught her that the Civil War was still raging, Helga stays on her land, isolated from modern society, with only her books to read and her crops to sow.  One day, however, she receives a letter that propels her and her greek chorus of Helgas on an epic adventure of love, loss, and revenge. This movement piece combines clowning, classic modern dance, quirky hip hop, and farm tools to portray the innocent, yet strong life of Helga as she deals with the universal quandary that is love.