• http://www.artfagcity.com Paddy Johnson

    Patek’s use of language was just so good. For me, the whole performance hinged on the phrase “Everything happens for a reason”. It’s one of the first things you hear her say while explaining that’s she’s been raped and she’s forming a support group. It’s the most cliche of chiche idioms, and it seems to apply not just to her experience (as parody), but her practice as well. After all, by the end of the play, [SPOILER ALERT], after we’ve watched her get fucked in a consensual reenactment of rape, against a backdrop of film footage of consensual sex, she asks her dance partner, “What was that about?”. Half the time we don’t know why we do the things we do.

    Really, the pleasure of watching a piece like this (if that’s really what it is), is the careful calibration of pitch. You know she’s parodying the struggling artist identity immediately not just her awkward delivery but the ridiculous clips of her, as a struggling Brooklyn artist practicing the most artsy lunges, kicks and arm swinging. She’s a perfect stereotype of a Brooklyn artist, in a place that only occasionally looks like Brooklyn.

    That, contrasted with the kind of body flailing that takes place as her dance partner describes his own rape is pretty incredible. Suddenly, you’ve stopped thinking about cliche and you’re just watching a body does in a violent situation like that. It’s bits like these that remind me of an abstract painter’s decision to paint a hand or an object realistically. It’s a flourish meant to remind you their skill is actually very developed.

    In any event, I loved this show. I wish more people could see it.

    • WhitneyKimball

      So do I. It’s brilliant.

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