Stacy Grossfield
metamorphosis 2

March 20-30, 2024

photo by Maria Baranova

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

The sequel to metamorphosis – which was presented at The Kitchen as part of the Dance and Process program in 2019 – Stacy Grossfield’s new dance/theater work is a blunt, graphic, macabre and vulnerable dissection of female pain, both physical and spiritual; centering the female body as a site for personal and artistic rebirth.

metamorphosis 2 is a collage of striking interludes: Nola Sporn Smith aerobically spews anti-feminist rhetoric; a nude figure’s experiments with feminine skincare products gets darker (complete with realistic bodily fluids by J&M Special Effects); long time collaborator Alexandra Albrecht endures an aching performance of womanhood. Situated throughout The Chocolate Factory’s industrial space, for an intentionally limited audience, these moments are punctuated by the appearance of three surprise guest performers whose presence answers the question: “where is the dance in this ‘dance’”?

“This is the most personal piece I’ve made to date. I’m pushing toward the things that disturb me. It’s like an uncomfortable autobiography.”

Choreography by Stacy Grossfield. Performed by Alexandra Albrecht, Tuva H. and Nola Sporn Smith. Video Design: Gil Sperling. Special Effects: J & M Special Effects. Sound design: Ryan Gamblin. Lighting design: Madeline Best.

metamorphosis 2 was created, in part, through the Space Grant Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.