SWAN

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Jack Ferver’s QWAN Company
SWAN!!!A sexy, scary, spectacular, salacious, stunning, startling werk from Jack Ferver’s QWAN (Quality Without a Name) Company.

The same people who brought the smashing success NOTES!!! (their incredibly dramatic parodied reading of Notes on a Scandal) returns with SWAN!!! (their even more incredibly dramatic parodied reading of this years dance away smash: Black Swan).

Nina (Jenn Harris) is freaking out. She is freaking out because she really wants to play the Swan Queen in the new production of Swan Lake. She is also freaking out because she is crazy. And so is her mother (Randy Harrison). And so is the choreographer (Christian Coulson) she works under, and we mean works under. And so is the former prima ballerina Winona Ryder, we mean Beth (Matthew Wilkas).

The pressure is a lot and she finds a little release, and we mean release, when she meets hot new bad ballet girl in town, Lily (Jack Ferver). However she gets a little more than nervous when it seems Lily may want her part. Things boil up and over and there is self-mutilation and violence towards MOM and cunnilingus and jet├ęs.

Jack Ferver’s Rumble Ghost recently premiered at PS122, and was brought back for their COIL Festival in 2011. His A Movie Star Needs A Movie was commissioned by The New Museum in 2009. It was also presented in American Realness at Abrons Art Center and at Theatre de Vanves in 2010. He was the first choreographer to be presented at The New Museum with I Am Trying to Hear Myself in 2008. He remounted the work at PS122 in 2009. In 2009 he also premiered his evening length work Death is Certain to sold out audiences at Danspace Project. Death is Certain was workshopped through the Dance Theater Workshop space grant, Studio Series. Ferver was also an artist in residence from 2008-2009 at Chez Bushwick. In 2008 Ferver premiered MEAT, his second Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place. Ferver’s first Mondo Cane! commission was in 2007 for his first full length work: When We Were Young And Filled With Fear. Shorter and solo works have been presented at Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), LaMaMa E.T.C. (NYC), The Culture Project (NYC), and Envoy Gallery (NYC). As an actor, credits include Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central), Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Off-Broadway), and numerous other film and theatre projects. His writing was recently published in the magazine Novembre.

Photo by Christian Coulson

WORLD PREMIERE | THEATRE
Thursday – Saturday, March 10-12, 2011
Thu + Fri at 8, Sat at 7:30 & 10

Tickets: $15

Rumble Ghost

“Best dance of 2009” – David Velasco, Artforum (on Death Is Certain)

4 STARS – The Financial Times

Horror movies will never be as terrifying and shocking as the human psyche. They act as metaphors – scary stories that offer a release or escape from the more devastating twists and turns of an unquiet mind. Without ghosts to explain haunted houses, we are left with the pain sites of crumbling careers, failing marriages, abused children. In Rumble Ghost, as the flimsy membrane between an American horror movie classic and the fragility of the human condition deteriorates, the darkest place in the world is shown to be right up there: in your mind.

Performed in Jack Ferver’s “hyper-reality” style, seven performers reinterpret the 1982 classic horror film Poltergeist, exploring pop-psychological landscapes with movement, original music, and a highly calibrated script. The Poltergeist theme corrodes and gives way to a group therapy session, created from Ferver’s personal experience with “Inner Child Work”, in a therapy technique aptly called: Psychodrama. As the performers are overtaken by their own child selves, a disturbing spectacle confronts the audience and a fearless exploration of the company’s own personas ensues.

Written and Choreographed by Jack Ferver
Performed by Benjamin Asriel, Reid Bartelme, Christian Coulson, Carlye Eckert, Jack Ferver, Michelle Mola, Breanna O’Mara
Dramaturgy by Josh Lubin-Levy, Original score by Calder Singer, Costumes by Reid Bartelme


Rumble Ghost is made possible with a generous space grant from Abrons Arts Center, Center for Performance Research and supported in part by TestPerformanceTest and The Jerome Foundation.

PRESENTED AS PART OF COIL 2011
DANCE | UPSTAIRS at PS122

Fri, Jan 7 10PM / Sat, Jan 8 7:30PM / Sun, Jan 9 7:30PM

World Premiere Dec 12 2010

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