Linda Austin || Recipe: A Reading Test + Raw Material
Two solos from the 1980s
June 22 & 23 at 8pm
Tickets $12 -$25 in advance
All proceeds go to support
PWNW ||Linda Austin Dance programming
–>extra donations appreciated!<–
Advance Tickets HERE.
PWNW Founder & Artistic Director Linda Austin performs new versions of two of her earliest solos: Recipe: A Reading Test (1983) and Raw Material (1985) as a mini-fundraiser for Performance Works programming.
Both solos reveal Linda’s early fascination with puzzle-like structures and the intersections among the life of language, and the life of objects, and the life of the socialized (a-socialized) body. In Recipe: A Reading Test, Austin spells out a 3-D rebus interrogating the artist/audience relationship with objects such as soup cans, Polaroid photos and paint. Raw Material pulls apart the text of a typical porn short story and juxtaposes the words with everyday objects and arbitrarily-composed movement, in the process yielding rhythms of language and body in which the seemingly sordid spills over into the beautiful.
Recipe: A Reading Test was originally performed in October 1983 at Fashion Moda in the Bronx as part of the benefit exhibition Food for the Soup Kitchens, and subsequently reprised at Storefront for Art & Architecture (see photo).
Raw Material was first performed in 1985 at Kiva, a performance loft on Canal Street as part of a self-produced split bill.
Photos by Toyo Tsuchiya from 1983 performance of Recipe: A Reading Test