Marissa Perel
More Than Just A Piece Of Sky


September 17-20, 2014


Choreographed, written and performed by Marissa Perel with dancers Lindsay Reuter and Jumatatu PoeMore Than Just a Piece of Sky is a multidisciplinary performance that mines personal and cultural exile as a site for the exploration of gender and sexuality, knowledge and power, and ability and disability.

As Perel lies in bed, Reuter and Poe emerge as dream figures that embark on a journey to uncover their own definitions of identity and intimacy against their childhood belief systems. Dance accesses a form of presence that lies between the subjectivities of the performers and their embodiment of personae drawn from Yentl, the 1983 movie musical that is based on the story by Isaac Bashevis Singer. As the episodic dances unfold, Perel creates a cut-up of poetic monologues and quotations of the movie to make a commentary on the place of queer identity and difference. Relics from the 1980’s: a Fisher-Price record player, slide projector, and musical covers from the era by Miguel Gutierrez, form a pastiche of cultural artifacts that build strange worlds just outside of the cognitive references of pop culture. The bedroom becomes the Yeshiva, which then becomes a planet where difference can create new terms and ways of seeing self and other.

Choreographed, Written and Performed by Marissa Perel with Lindsay Reuter and Jumatatu Poe. Composers: Jon Moniaciand Shawn Hansen. Cover of Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy by Miguel Gutierrez. Video: Nicholas Steindorf. Video interview editor: Kristiana Weseloh. Production Stage Manager: Lillie De. Lighting design: Elliott Jenetopulos. Costume design: Stephen May. Bed design: John Taylor.

“In a Daze, Reaching for Clarity” – Brian Seibert, New York Times