This is a piece I wrote for the theater artist Andrea Kleine, and performed it live at New York Live Arts in 2017.
This work began as a dance about the music deployed in the CIA’s torture program. In despair, Kleine abandoned that idea and channeled theater shaman André Gregory from his 1981 film My Dinner with André, creating a new version of the famed dinner conversation as she seeks answers on how to make a dance about torture, or how to make anything at all. The piece emerges as an amalgam of fragments: fractures of complicity, futility, and desire.
released April 12, 2020
a piece by Andrea Kleine
performed by Alison Ingelstrom, Andrea Kleine, Anya Liftig, Bobby Previte, Dan Dobson, Michael Kammers, Neal Kirkwood
lighting design by Madeline Best
Bobby Previte: dDrum electronic drums, piano, synthesizer, vibraphone, percussion, coconut shells.
Michael Kammers: Flute, tenor saxophone, electronics, keyboards
Recorded by Dan Dobson. Mixed by Bobby Previte at Three Horses in a Wood, Claverack, NY
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Mary Halvorson is a genius composer and guitarist who has developed her own musical language, and with Code Girl she has incorporated poetry into that language. Incredible compositions and lyricism (each track is a different kind of poem). Halvorson's playing is as great as usual, and all the other members of the band sound great. Robert Wyatt's singing in particular works extremely well in the tracks he's featured. Highly, highly recommend. rat