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Dancenoise, Half a Brain

Performance Space 122

Lucy Sexton and Anne Iobst, known collectively as Dancenoise, create and star in big blurs of dance, spoken text, and sound-collage that critique contemporary culture while seeming to flail wildly in its maw. Maybe because their work arrives several generations into the development of performance art, it also seems to be, on one level, a kind of hyper documentary of the highs and lows thus far. In their version, deranged, logorrheic phrases and slogans, often repeated verbatim from pop music, TV commercials, and other performance pieces, are piled one on top of the other to suggest a wealth of sexual, romantic, and violent obsessions. The tone is playfully brutalist. The structure is a complex skit orchestrated with split-second timing that has the delicate tantrumesque quality of Richard Foreman’s work, mixed with the rawness of a street scene.

In Half a Brain, Sexton and Iobst brawled

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