'A Movie Star Needs A Movie'
A Movie Star Needs A Movie, which premiered last Oct at The New Museum in New York City, comes to the contemporary dance and performance festival Artdanthé in Vanves on Thursday, as part of their Focus New York program. A darkly satirical new work by choreographer Jack Ferver about the relationship between shallow ambition and fame, A Movie Star Needs A Movie critically engages the tricky issue of culpability in a viewer’s gaze and the inescapable self mythologies that emerge when calling oneself an artist (i.e., the performance of identity). With every emotional nuance enlarged to grotesque proportions and projected onto a wall via live-feed, Ferver approaches these concerns head-on and without shame, challenging you to watch and daring you to look away. The New York Times wrote ‘While he constructs and subverts identity, presenting and manipulating images of sexuality, abuse, and self love, those of us watching are implicated in his physically raw, violent works. We can’t look away, and naturally, we don’t want to’. The piece features music by Sebastian Tellier and Chris Lancaster.
(Thu 25 Mar, 7.30pm, 15€/12€. Salle Panopée, Théâtre de Vanves)