Created and performed by Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney
July 1, 2013. Monday Live Arts, curated by Laurie Van Wieren. Ritz Theater Studio, Minneapolis, MN.
August 21, 2013. Pleasure Rebel, curated by Nastalie Bogira. Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater, Minneapolis, MN.
November 7, 2013. POSTDANCE 3×3, Panoply Performance Lab. Brooklyn, NY.
November 24, 2013. SALTA Is Dances in the Round, curated by SALTA. Aster Cafe, Oakland, CA.
November 30, 2013. The Closer Quarter: An Evening of Dance, curated by Allie Hankins. Multiplex Gallery, Portland, OR.
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nausea alert nausea alert by Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney at Monday Live Arts & Bryant-Lake Bowl.
If you want to know where the future of [performance] art is going, hang out with Emily and Billy. They are committed to investigation, and they won’t stop. Thank you for testing the water, and rocking the boat, and never looking for a life-vest. P.S. Watch out for capitalism.
-Samantha Johns, Minnesota Playlist
In nausea alert nausea alert/The Rite of Spring, two performers attempt to dance themselves to the point of vomiting, set to the second act of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring. The performers may not reach that point, but the piece requires the sustained attempt–to and beyond the key state of exhaustion–showcasing the intensity of the movement. The piece creates an incredible tension in the spectator, between biological revulsion, and a simultaneous compulsion to make themselves continue watching, not unlike a car crash.
The audience is asked to watch the piece in a fundamentally different way, reading the improvised movements of the dancers not only for aesthetics and narrative, but also for effort. They understand the movement as having an increasingly unbearable physiological effect on the movers’ bodies–each tactic the dancers employ is a contribution to their single-minded goal.
The piece works with and against the 1913 Rite of Spring. While there are clear parallels from Nijinsky’s original choreography–chiefly the summoning of motivation to force the body beyond the point of exhaustion, towards a grisly end–there is a contemporary impulse against theatrical representation. The piece features the improvised attempt to achieve a physical goal, rather than a theatrical representation of death.
nausea alert nausea alert/The Rite of Spring premiered in July 2013–in its 100th year after the original–as a 15-minute piece in the inaugural “Monday Live Arts”, a series curated by Laurie van Weeren presenting “artists with innovative and exploratory approaches to contemporary performance”. In August, Nastalie Bogira, curator of experimental performance series Pleasure Rebel, commissioned an expanded half-hour version which used the full score of Rite of Spring. This work was included on a “Best of 2012-2013”list on minnesotaplaylist.com.