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Rooster and Snowball, Two Crazy Mofos Come To Jumpstart!

Posted May 8th, 2013

On May 13 and 14, FringeArts presents our second annual Jumpstart, a showcase designed to identify new and emerging talent in the field of live performance. 2013 will feature six artists/companies performing short works, and we here at FringeArts Blog thought we’d catch up with them. Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan will be performing their dance-theater work Rooster & Snowball, in which, as they explain, “Two crazy motherfuckers try to change the modern dance world right before your very eyes.”

Well, let’s find out more!

The Snowball and the Rooster. Photo by David Brick.

The Snowball and the Rooster. Photo by David Brick.

FringeArts: Why is your show title Rooster & Snowball?

Magda: The title is the names of our characters and the names came from the hats: I found this hipster looking hat with a mohawk made of yarn and Chelsea’s is a round white thing. We wore our hats during tech and afterwards I was talking to David Brick [of Headlong Dance Theater] about the characters and the names came from the shapes of the hats. But in a great way the hats influenced the characters, crystallized their essence into this direction they were already going. The hats made the men, so to speak.

Chelsea: You keep saying “characters” but when people have called them “characters” in the past we’ve corrected them. I don’t think they are characters what we are doing. They’re more like . . . what’s that word?

Magda: Personas? Personalities? Essences?

Chelsea: I just think there isn’t any acting involved in this situation. These are the goofy, exhausted, angry-about-stuff versions of ourselves that come out when we are in rehearsal together.

Magda: Right, but to differentiate between the two: Rooster is more aggressive, explosive and Snowball has this icy exterior and weapon metaphor going on. Rooster throws the Snowball.

Chelsea: Why didn’t we think that??

Magda: I just did, I just did think of it.

Chelsea: Okay, but we also wanted to talk about the shared character trait between them: the “failed Rebel” we call it. Both of our performances are about this failed rebel.

Magda: Someone who projects rebel but follows all the rules on a daily basis.

Chelsea: Or not even that they project the rebel image, but other people perceive them that way.

Magda: But they still get nervous about jaywalking.

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