Results filed under: dramatic readings

Modern Love

A performative reading by Constance DeJong of her novel Modern Love; a self published series of four chapbooks printed, bound, and delivered by DeJong in 1977. The performance takes place in Western Front’s Luxe Hall where a stool is lit under a simple white spotlight providing a minimal set design. Occasionally, DeJong retreats to the shadows and eventually walks over to the piano. The piano is never played, but is used as a site for DeJong to sit down and rest her script (selected excerpts from Modern Love), taking repose from the spotlight. The simple performance site contrasts the vivid encounters, anecdotes, and prose read by DeJong which she reads in a slow and lulling drawl. Narratives, characters, and events casually slip in and out; rendering time fluid. Characters oscillate between an unnamed female protagonist, Rodrigo Cortes and sound clips re-telling the story of an old mansion built by the sea in Oregon. The reading is inter spliced with music clips by The Chanels, Bob Dylan, and a commissioned work by Phillip Glass titled “Modern Love Waltz” to build the tone. The resulting effect leaves the bulk of the performance to take place predominantly in the imagination of the viewer/reader, (Visual manifestation/projection) perhaps a testament to her contemporaries Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus. (The style of filming, as documented by Kate Craig, mimics the perspective of the viewer by matching the rhythm of the reading with specific film shots at rest.) DeJong performed many reading variations, including taking the form of a radio play. Modern Love (1977) was re-issued by Ugly Ducking Press, and co-produced with Primary Information in March 2017.

 

Openings and Closings

American Poetry Series. Kostelanetz has authored books of criticism and cultural history, and edited anthologies of avant-garde literature, social thought, art and alternative forms of

 

Mixed Metaphors

AA Bronson as Spokesman for General Idea. In the performance, Bronson, wearing a black censor bar over his glasses, reads General Idea’s Glamour Manifesto in its