“Star Crap Method”
American Realness Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY
January 15, 2016
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman
Larissa Velez-Jackson unabashedly claims “Star Crap Method” as the summation of her life’s work and philosophy. In “Star Crap,” Velez-Jackson improvises around a few set movements (“problematic unison dance phrases,”) with her excellent dancers, Tyler Ashley and Talya Epstein. Their goal is to be entirely real and in the moment. In this version, they were also shadowed by a masked wraith who hugged the walls, and was later introduced in the head-scratching role of “Cisgender Illuminatrix,” Kathy Kaufman. As in many American Realness presentations, Velez-Jackson's work is projected through a lens of humor (much of it dark) with the audience invited in as co-conspirators.
Photo: Talya Epstein, Tyler Ashley, and Larissa Velez-Jackson in “Star Crap Method.” Photo ©Ian Douglas.