Larissa Velez-Jackson
Protecting Complexity with the Star Pû Method

June 22-25, 2022
Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm

Digital collage by Larissa Velez-Jackson
Digital collage by Larissa Velez-Jackson

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

The Star Pû Method is a dance-theater technique and a corresponding theater work created by Larissa Velez-Jackson in 2012, originally known as the Star Crap Method. It is a technique in which a small ensemble of dancers improvises a work together—replete with song, text, movement, sculptural elements and digital sound—by peeling away all of the layers of the moment of performance. These layers consist of the dancers’ felt experience, emotional landscape, hxstory (personal and including their formal training) and what can be experienced in the room together with the audience. Per the title, an important factor in the Star Pû Method is the allowance of failure, anti-climax and human ordinariness as the foreground for creative expression, on equal ground with the dancer’s exceptional skill and formal acumen. Protecting Complexity with the Star Pû Method reveals the multiplicity of the cast members’ approaches to movement, their own embodiment and the task of performance. With healing as a core facet through movement, breath, communal connection and vocal sound, LVJ asks whether the performance encounter provides a space that makes healing actually possible. With an openness to the lessons accrued by failure, the Star Pû Method makes any attempt at healing and connection a form of blessing.

Choreographer/Artistic Director: Larissa Velez-Jackson. Dance collaborators: Mary Read and Angie Pittman. Lighting designer: Madeline Best.

Commissioned and Presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater. Supported by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts’ Caroline Hearst Choreographer-In-Residence Program, a Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production Stipend and a NYSCA Individual Artist Commission. Also supported by Dance/NYC’s DISABILITY. DANCE. ARTISTRY. RESIDENCY Program, made possible by the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund, and The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation.