Aging Prelude

October 20-28, 2023
Friday and Saturday (October 20 + 21)
Wednesday through Saturday (October 25-28)
Special Benefit Performance on October 26

Performances will take place at The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th Street, Long Island City.

View the show program.

Aging Prelude – chameckilerner’s first live performance since 2007 – explores co-creators Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner’s shared experiences with their aging bodies, and their shifting relationship to a visual landscape that idealizes the “perpetuation of youthfulness,” where bodies are eternally young and beautiful, where any sign of the passage of time is not an option, and where the aging process erases any signs of histories and futures. With Aging Prelude, chameckilerner aims to make visible “the body that registers time through its skin.”

Aging Prelude will use a physical vocabulary appropriated from paintings and sculptures of famous nudes throughout art history. These well-known nudes will be reenacted by a community of nine performers of different ages, genders, and racial backgrounds, denying any “default body” to take the power of the visual landscape. Instigated by personal histories, chronology, and sediment deposited in these bodies, Aging Prelude activates a space where time is elastic, and no one true self is defined by age; one is defined by a continual pulsation between its older and younger self.

Andrea and Rosane will be joined by a cast of performers and collaborators that includes Bria Bacon, Anne Gridley, Ted Johnson, Cristina Latici, Bobbi Menuez, Jody Oberfelder, Jailyn Phillips-Wiley, Viviana Rodriguez, and Fabio Tavares..

“Review: These Art-Historical Nudes Become Bodies in Time” – Siobhan Burke, New York Times