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Reflecting Bodyfields

Posted September 20th, 2012

Bodyfields Performance Collective reflects on their work so far:

And I’m pretty sure a couple of ’em came over for BBQ once; Jonathan and Bobby, I’m looking at you. Enjoy the rest of the fest, kids!

Experiencing people as really kind of huge runs tonight at 7:00 pm and Friday at 9:00 pm, at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse Square. $10 in advance, $5-$20 sliding scale at the door.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Ticcing the Stage: A Conversation with Sutie Madison

Posted September 4th, 2012

“There’s something very primal about Tourette Syndrome,” says Sutie Madison, an artist and the impresario and director of the 2012 Philly Fringe show Tourettes: A Dancing Disorder.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Tourette syndrome is “a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations,” more commonly, and collectively, called tics. Sutie herself has Tourette’s and is working to transform the movement of tics into a kinesthetic language.

“There’s something very surreal about having Tourette’s in general. You don’t see people doing stuff like this,” Sutie says, repeating one of her tics for me, in the crowded Center City coffee shop where we’re talking. “The show is about sharing and celebrating the surreal quality, and allowing people to take a look at the qualities of Tourette’s, and just stare at us. We allow people to look, to stare, to give the audience that gift.”

At the same time she wants to introduce audiences to the mundane surreality of life with Tourette’s, Sutie is trying to make a performance that isn’t only about the mundane.

“The work is a combination of art and science, at the intersection of research and creative expression. We use tics from medical footage, study the movements, and use them as the foundation for the choreography.”

After the jump: training performers to tic, and turning tics into art.

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