JACK & considers re-entry into society after prison; focusing not on the time one has served, but the measure of one’s dreaming that is given to the state. “Jack” works the night shift at an industrial bakery. He returns home to bake a cake for his wife “Jill.” “Jack” ends up whirling through a dance – part dream, part ritual – re-entering his own internal life. The performance draws on aspirational class stories like those in The Honeymooners and Amos & Andy; the paintings of Agnes Martin, Ellen Gallagher and Ruth Azawa; tigers in Harlem; real and imagined entering society ceremonies like Cotillion balls; and markers of transition from John Canoe traditions, to the mirroring and mimicry found in African American dance pageantry of the late 19th Century.
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JACK & premiered at Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in 2018.
New York Live Arts
New York, NY
April 17 – 27, 2019
Walker Arts Center Out There Festival
January 17 – 19, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
November 15 – 17, 2018
BAM Next Wave Festival
October 17 – 20, 2018
Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts
Catskill, New York
Sept 29, 2018
TBA Festival: PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art)
Sept 7 – 9, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art
May 24 – 26, 2018
On the Boards
May 10 – 13, 2018
Contemporary Arts Center
February 15 – 16, 2018
JACK & was co-commissioned by Walker Arts Center, REDCAT, On The Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Hartford Stage. JACK & is supported by a 2017 MAP Fund award, 2017 National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund Grant, 2017 NEFA National Theater Project Award, 2016 Creative Capital Award, Project& with Jane Saks; and was developed through residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, BRIC, and New York Live Arts. Kaneza Schaal is a 2019 USA Fellow.
Creative Team and Collaborators
Christopher Myers, Cornell Nate Alston, Rucyl Mills, Stacey Robinson, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Cheyanne Williams, Clarissa Ligon, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Megan Lang, Naomi Saito, Rachel Silverman, Jane Jung, Daphne Gaines, April Matthis, William Hyman, Robert Chapelle, Ashley Vellano.