May 19: Rachael Dichter and Larry Arrington

Rehearsal photos by Hillary Goidell

In this photo above: Oscar Tidd in Larry Arrington’s We/AoA

A Portrait of Me as You
(Everything is copy)
A solo by Rachael Dichter
We/AoA, by Larry Arrington
a solo in collaboration with Oscar Tidd

Writing about a rehearsal seems doomed: like drawings on an Etch-a-Sketch, images and ideas may disappear before anyone sees this performance.

Maybe this is precisely what makes these images so intriguing and valuable: observing an artist at work is an unfolding and revealing. Witnessing how layers of material accumulate and transform, how senses are activated and challenged, and how “making” is more akin to keeping and questioning than creating or fashioning.
Larry and Rachael are friends and roommates and colleagues. Rachael has performed in works by Larry for 6 or 7 years. They are both brilliant and compelling artists. This performance on May 19th is the first time Rachael has presented her own choreography, a solo:
A Portrait of Me as You
(Everything is copy)

The pieces present a stark contrast to one another, yet in other ways they feel like siblings–like people who share certain genetic traits, but express them in wildly different ways.

At Rachael’s rehearsal this week, I was fascinated by her forms of address, by modes of presentation, and by the multiplicities of a person or experience. Some moments felt intimate and exposed and others intensely assertive and commandeering. These vacillations between being drawn into her worlds and her imaginings, and then pushed back, exposed both her agency as well as my own projections. Are our experiences of one another merely screens onto which we assign roles and characteristics? Is any encounter presuppositionless?
Larry’s work may emerge from a similar place of questioning, but the scale of these questions takes on an expanded realm. Watching Larry and Oscar Tidd in rehearsal there were images of centaurs, minotaurs, and cyborgs. A theme of hybrids and multiplicities emerged through the entwining of materials and performers, generating a sense of ongoing change and transformations. Speaking about the work, Larry described systems of polarization (man/machine, living/dead, human/animal) and the effects of mediation on our bodies. The purview is cosmological.HGoidell-05_6511
Held in common by both works is these artists’ palpable commitment to performance as dialogic and investigatory. Our experiences in theaters are not meant to separate us from the worlds outside their walls or produce some kind of universality or commonality: these performances are more akin to calls to action than objects to be observed at a distance.

text by kate mattingly

The performance happens on May 19 at Joe Goode Annex at 8pm.

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