LOVER. MUSE. MOCKINGBIRD. WHORE.
-a dance/theatre meditation on Bukowski’s women-

Choreographed and Directed by Austin McCormick
Lighting Gina Scherr
Set and Costumes Zane Pihlstrom
Text Charles Bukowski
Video credits:
Director, DP, Editor - Corey Tatarczuk
AC - Jonathan Argudo
Gaffer - Dorian Tocker
Hair + Makeup - Sarah Cimino
Sound Design - Austin McCormick

Expanding on a piece created during his senior year at Juilliard Austin McCormick draws inspiration from the works of poet Charles Bukowski, specifically the female characters prevalent in his works. Utilizing film, movement, and text he seeks to both examine and humanize the women in Bukowski’s work. Laura Careless inhabits these archetypes seamlessly showing that beauty and ugliness are two sides of the same coin. Playing with themes of voyeurism, sexuality, and objectification, Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore. promises to be a thought provoking, uniquely designed mediation on love and objectification -revealing what it means to be a woman in Buk’s world.

Laura Careless (Actress /Principal Dancer)-
Laura is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School, London; the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart, Lausanne; and The Juilliard School, New York City. She is a founding member of Company XIV, appearing most recently as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their sold-out New York run of Austin McCormick’s Nutcracker Rouge. She also teaches dance at Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech school for children and works as an assistant to Mr. McCormick, setting his choreography on dancers from other companies and colleges and assisting in the creation of new Company XIV productions and commissions.

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