Larissa Velez-Jackson's "Star-Crap Method" at The Chocolate Factory. Photo by Brian Rogers.
What if you threw it all out? The pretense, the fourth wall, the virtuosity (technical and/or conceptual), the things that make a show a show. No, this isn’t a Judson Dance Theater redux; this is Larissa Velez-Jackson’s infectious “Star-Crap Method,” which received its premiere at The Chocolate Factory. Velez-Jackson abandons the artifice of traditional performance and, with co-creators and dancers Tyler Ashley and Talya Epstein, constructs a piece in the moment.
Before entering the performing space, an earnest young man hands you an object, which you may place anywhere. I, uninspired, tilt my pink triangle against a depression in the wall while others, more ambitious, position their doodads on the ceiling’s ductwork. Bedazzled in grins, the performers, between raucous greetings of friends, warble at karaoke, their choices ranging from doo-wop to a shrill rendition of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” This pre-show revelry feels like showing up at a party and discovering the hosts have used all of the good drugs.
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