Embodied Anthropology is a term coined by award-winning artist Gabrielle Revlock to describe the process of examining human behavior by stepping into and recreating familiar, and at times seemingly unspectacular scenarios. You are invited to witness these two provocative and contrasting solos, and reflect on the microstories present in our everyday lives.
For I Replaced Him with a Lamp, the movement material was extracted from an accidental video recording of Revlock receiving verbal feedback from an older, established, European, male theater director. In her line of gaze (where he would be) is placed an object. Shifting focus away from the dialogue, the work isolates the artist’s nervous gestures, searching gaze and feminine posture. Underlining the repeated movement motifs with a repetitive sound score, her subconscious movements become both a structure and a portrait of gender and status.
Nuptial Blitz examines the visual tropes and clichés of contemporary wedding photography. Sourcing images from the internet, weaving it with personal narrative and optional audience participation, the result is a relatable, provocative, and joyful experience for all.
While a previous draft of Nuptial Blitz involved hugging, hand holding and photo-taking with costumes, Covid-19 precautions have provided an opportunity to do something different. While there will still be opportunities for audience engagement in the form of tableaux vivants, participants will remain masked and socially distanced. Nuptial Blitz is where soulmate and stranger overlap, where intimacy and distance collide.
The Nuptial Blitz project has generated thousands of images of Revlock with past volunteers/beloveds. Join in on the fun at the MAAS Building or tune in virtually, and don’t forget to follow the photo series as it unfolds on her Instagram.
Want to know more? Read a review of the New York showing here: https://thinkingdance.net/
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021 – 8:30pm Livestream
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 – 6:30pm
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 – 6:30pm Livestream
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 6:30pm
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 6:30pm Livestream
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this and all Cannonball Festival events. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
Concept & Direction: Gabrielle Revlock
Performers: Gabrielle Revlock, Bonnie Friel + Audience volunteers
Photographers: Ryan Collerd (2021), Dave Ratzlow (2019-2020)
Costumes: Gislane Maldonado, Gabrielle Revlock
This show is presented as part of Cannonball Festival, an independent satellite festival produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and the Maas Building featuring over 150 events including performances of 27 original shows, nightly cabarets, and more. Learn more at cannonballfestival.org.
Appropriate for all ages.
FOR IN-PERSON AUDIENCES:
Audience interaction is optional and participation will occur masked and socially distanced.
FOR VIRTUAL AUDIENCES:
Purchase a ticket for the streaming performance on Wednesday, September 22 and you will be sent links to watch the show remotely on any or all of the performances dates for maximum flexibility and enjoyment.
About the Artists
Gabrielle Revlock is a Bessie Award winning dance-maker working out of Philadelphia and NYC whose work depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships using a vocabulary that embraces pedestrian movement, abstracted by degrees. Described by the press as inventive, mesmerizing, and a gifted comedian, Revlock has performed in Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Hungary, India, Russia, and across the USA. Philly venues include The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and FringeArts which presented the sold out and critically acclaimed Show No Show.
Her work has been supported by the Independence Foundation, PA Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, LMCC, American Dance Abroad and the US Department of State. Choreographic residencies include Chez Bushwick, Elizabeth Streb’s GO!, LiftOff, Dance Omi, Fresh Tracks, Catwalk, and the Orchard Project’s Liveness Lab. In 2018 she was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the performance journal Tanz. As a dancer, she has performed for Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, jumatatu m. poe, Susan Rethorst, Vicky Shick, Leah Stein, Almanac, and Jane Comfort. Revlock is the creator of Restorative Contact, a mindful touch-based empathy practice, co-founder of The Apocalypse Singles Club and she created the online video So You Think You Can’t Understand Contemporary Dance?,”a two-minute conversation with her favorite five-year-old which has 20.6K views.
Learn more at GabrielleRevlock.com