Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be

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Date/Time: 15/12/2009 12:00 am

Light Industry
220 36th Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, New York


Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be
Curated by Sharon Hayes and Brooke O’Harra
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:30pm
“It took me a long time to make up my mind to commit my memories to paper.
My memories aren’t my exclusive property. They are life. I’m convinced that
we are all fashioned by one another, and when you start telling the story of
your life, you’re telling the story of others. Even the options we decide on
throughout our existence are always caused by someone else; a chance
encounter, or perhaps because you’d like to be esteemed by certain people.
Not many, in fact. I’m well aware that the thing I call my conscience is, in
reality, what some half-dozen people consider me to be. Not necessarily
those I see often–and people who have no idea they are my conscience. But I
know they’re watching me!”
– Simone Signoret, Chapter 1, Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be
Staged at different venues throughout the city, this 11-part series focuses
on dance, theater and performance works and proposes speculative artistic
lineages by putting artists who have been working for 30-plus years into
dialogue with those who have been working for two years. Additionally
bringing works that are theatrically-based into a dialogue with those that
specifically challenge the conventions of theater, we argue for more looking
by more people and a resistance to ensconced disciplinary burdens such as:
“I don’t go to theater” or “I hate art.”
Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be at Light Industry presents performance
documents and documentation of performance, with an interest in how the
medium moves, distributes and communicates in and through documentation.
Works to be screened in full or in excerpted form include: the Wooster
Group’s Brace Up!, Jeff Weiss’ performance of Gertrude Stein’s As a Wife Has
a Cow: A Love Story, Joan Jonas’ Left Side Right Side, the Five Lesbian
Brothers’ Brave Smiles, John Jesurun’s Chang in a Void Moon, Emily Roysdon’s
Social Movement, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy’s BACKSANDEDLUTZKINOY, Faye Driscoll’s
Loneliness and a work by Andrea Geyer.
Tickets – $7 suggested donation, available at door.
Photo by Rich Wandel, courtesy of The National Archive of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender History.

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