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A Ridiculous Look at the History of American Song

A Ridiculous Look at the History of American Song ART & PERFORMANCE NOTES Emma Fält, On loneliness and contact—togetherness in drawing, one-hour workshop held at Draw to Perform 3, Crows Nest Gallery, London 31 July 2016. Photo: Courtesy Loredana Denicola. © 2016 Draw to Perform. A Ridiculous Look at the History of American Song Kelly Aliano Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Conceived, written, performed, and co-directed by Taylor Mac, co-directed by Niegel Smith, costumes by Machine Dazzle, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY, September 15–October 9, 2016. his is my subjective take on history,” Taylor Mac reminded the audience during the third part of A 24-Decade History of Music. This incredibly ambitious theatrical project takes subjectivity to the extreme, allowing Mac to tell the history of American culture not only through its popular music, but also through a very particular hybrid performance style: one built on a combination of rock concert, stand-up comedy show, cultural studies lecture, and the rich legacy of queer performance. Despite the varied tapestry that is woven together to create the show, this epic work ultimately transcends any individual legacy of which it may be a part. The show is performed in an eight-part cycle with each “act” approximately three hours http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

A Ridiculous Look at the History of American Song

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 39 (1) – Jan 1, 2017

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2017 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
Subject
Art & Performance Notes
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_a_00349
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ART & PERFORMANCE NOTES Emma Fält, On loneliness and contact—togetherness in drawing, one-hour workshop held at Draw to Perform 3, Crows Nest Gallery, London 31 July 2016. Photo: Courtesy Loredana Denicola. © 2016 Draw to Perform. A Ridiculous Look at the History of American Song Kelly Aliano Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Conceived, written, performed, and co-directed by Taylor Mac, co-directed by Niegel Smith, costumes by Machine Dazzle, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY, September 15–October 9, 2016. his is my subjective take on history,” Taylor Mac reminded the audience during the third part of A 24-Decade History of Music. This incredibly ambitious theatrical project takes subjectivity to the extreme, allowing Mac to tell the history of American culture not only through its popular music, but also through a very particular hybrid performance style: one built on a combination of rock concert, stand-up comedy show, cultural studies lecture, and the rich legacy of queer performance. Despite the varied tapestry that is woven together to create the show, this epic work ultimately transcends any individual legacy of which it may be a part. The show is performed in an eight-part cycle with each “act” approximately three hours

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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