Adrienne Truscott completed a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University and has been making diverse work in NYC for fifteen years, spanning many different genres. She has created several short and evening-length dance theater pieces. She has presented these pieces in NYC: they will use the highways, Genesis, No!, Bermuda, and Ha!: a solo at PS122, Dance Theater Workshop, and Dancespace’s PLATFORM series, respectively, and will present a new piece at The Kitchen in November 2012. She was recently commissioned to make an original piece for Irish Modern Dance Theater for the 2012 Dublin Fringe Festival. All sets, sound, video, original music and costume design have been developed by the choreographer in collaboration with the company of performers of which the piece is comprised. Wearing another hat, her neo-vaudevillian collaboration with Tanya Gagne, The Wau Wau Sisters, has shown at The Edinburgh, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brighton and Perth Fringe Festivals, as well as The Sydney Opera House, winning Best Cabaret at Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe 2007 and Best International Act at Brighton Fringe 2009. She has taught at the Wesleyan University Dance Department as a visiting artist, as well as Sarah Lawrence College in the Theater and Dance Departments. For better or worse, she finds that humor eventually, where perhaps she shouldn’t.
During her Process Space residency, Truscott will develop a piece that allows a duet and various interruptions to exist alongside one another, competing for attention while letting the physical, visual, sonic and anti-narrative logic of each interrupt and inform one another. Simultaneously, she explores the ways we extract and demand meaning even in the face of it refusing to be made. The performers will allow her to investigate the value or significance of the individual performing artist within the work. This question is exploited most thoroughly, perhaps, by the employment of day laborers which also brings to light the degree to which the performing arts community exists, somewhat, outside the political conversation regarding the imagined threats of immigration to the American workforce. Her work will be presented at The Kitchen in November, 2012.
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