XPN Welcomes Ann Liv Young
Sept 14 2015
La Peg at FringeArtsMap
“It is not hard to find a therapist in the city, but it is hard to find a good match–someone to help you drop your guard and pinpoint what’s bothering you.
Enter Sherapy: A character therapist, Sherry, in a roaming retro truck, who gives free, on-the-spot sessions to anyone curious enough to walk inside her domain, which she describes as safe and “elegant trashy,” not kitschy bad taste. ” – Natalie Rin, Brooklyn Magazine
The Sherry Truck is a mobile boutique, a cafe, a therapy office, and a flexible performance platform. Sherry has grown too big for the churches, theaters, and galleries of the bourgeoisie, and is now taking her messages of presence and self-awareness to the streets. The Sherry Truck can traverse the social, political, and geographical restrictions of the art worlds and allow Sherry to help people who often do not have access to help. Sherry and her helpers serve pink lattes, offer manicures and pedicures, individual or couples Sherapy sessions, performance relics, and much more. Sherry also invites other artists and artisans to display their works in collaboration with her.
Ann Liv Young‘s creations are essentially a reflection of her life, inspired by her experiences with her dancers, family, collaborators and passersby. The ultra-personal becomes the material she molds for performance. Young’s mission is to create work that is honest in its inception, creation and execution. Her work combines text, music and choreography to build scenes that set up ideas, images and relationships and then destroy them. Young’s text is explicitly sexual, emotional and blunt, but it is always delivered in a manner that is not. The overt drama of her work is subdued by the realness of this text. Her work exemplifies constant contrast in all its layers. Audiences are provoked and forced to examine their role in the presentation of dance and performance. They must determine their place as supporters, mockers, posers or subjects.
Young creates fantastical sets for the comfort of her dancers and in an effort to take the audience to a unique space that is not necessarily the stage. She often works with live animals on stage, forcing natural and odd relationships between these animals and the performers. A key component of Young’s process maintains that all rehearsals must take place in her apartment. The stage is then set in the manner of her apartment with its atypical decor. In this way, the work is created with life surrounding it; her dog is walking around, roommates are doing laundry and the phone rings. The sense of focus for the performers and the work is more immediate and real than that created in a studio.
Ann Liv Young’s work, creation process, titles and intentions are forward and literal resulting in layered, provocative, contrived and thoughtful work that breaks barriers in dance performance. (Source)