New York

Jeannie Hutchins, Gods Drop Out Of Nowhere

Dance Theater Workshop

It is the unpredictable in life that interests Jeannie Hutchins––what just happens, as opposed to what one plans. In her recent solo work Gods Drop Out of Nowhere, 1989, Hutchins smartly dances and talks her way through what she views as a current ludicrous yearning for exoticism. She seems to consider this desire to be borne and realized so self-absorbedly as to preclude all chance of discovery or understanding. Hutchins closes her performance confessing, “This is how I wanted you. . . . The way a hunter wants a young seal, who dives when it feels it is being followed.” The experience becomes about the hunter’s preconceived strategy and goal; the hunted, in a sense, becomes nonexistent. Hutchins approaches the issue of control cleverly, in terms of how our movement is often externally, subtly orchestrated for us. The piece begins with a kind of deadpan recitation of signs that suggest

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