In order for this to ‘fit’ I will present it in 6 installments. Also. because the sound quality was overly reverbed from the size of the room where the video was shot, obscuring some of the lyrics, I’ve re-cut the video using the original LIVE@JACQUES cd audio, which, to my thinking, clarifies Maura’s choreography. What’s missing, in this version, are the thumping sounds of the dancer’s feet on the floor and the places where they sing or speak.
I went to the City last Friday, May 2, to see Maura and her dancers perform this ‘interpretation’ of my long ago
record. Looking at the video of their work, I find it more beautiful and brilliant than I remember that night (when the dancers started the night by giving out shots of Jack Daniels).
So wonderful it was for me. So grateful am I to Clint and to Maura…and to Jacques of course for that long ago
residency we did.
Check this out!!
The CD, if ya want to hear it is here:
CULTURADAR PRESENTS Live@Jacques
Music by: Rick Berlin Choreographed and performed by:
Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany Lighting Design by: Jay Ryan
Video Design by: David Gonville Costumes by: The Company Commissioned by: Clint White
NOTES FROM CLINT WHITE
I talk about confluence every day in my work as a cultural marketer; I love it and thrive on it in all forms. I have always wanted to proactively connect two true geniuses, then stand back and watch it all catch fire. It has been extraordinary and deeply satisfying in ways that defy explanation. For me, LOJ is a barnburner—all I can say is that I hope this piece, even in its infancy, transports you as profoundly as it does me. Thanks to David X. Levine for introducing Rick’s music to me; Rick, for making music that speaks to me so clearly; Maura for being open, interested, magnetic and brilliant; Sydney, for being so supportive and smart; Gina, for your genuine kindness and support. Thanks to my family for simultaneously supporting and challenging me: Mom, thanks for being there, always. Marilou, you are my muse, my guiding principle, everything; Liam and Quin, my sweet boys ... create, collaborate, repeat. And Dad: you are with me. Every day.
NOTES FROM MAURA DONOHUE
Special thanks to Gina Gibney, Jeremy Williams and all of the wonderful staff at Gibney Dance Center and for inclusion in the Agnes Varis Lab; to Jana Feinman, Jessica Nicoll, Charmaine Warren; Tiffany Geigel; Denise Mazzeferro for studio scheduling and test runs with students; to Maeve Donohue and Dave for spending the night in Boston; to Rick for the music; to Clint for the idea; to the dancers for being such creative and collaborative artists who are “never satisfied, my dears” and, of course, to Perry, Sasa and Jet for making sure this city is never empty.
NOTES FROM RICK BERLIN
I performed every Monday at Jacques Cabaret for 11 years, missing, as I recall, only 2 nights (snow, a cold). Most of the songs on ‘Live @ Jacques’ (hard copies of which I no longer have) can be heard and downloaded here: rickberlin.bandcamp.com/album/rick-berlin-live-jacques. They were written specifically for my gig there and with the venue somewhat in mind. There are too many strange, wonderful and disturbing stories to recount, but it was a terrific time for me and for my writing. They took great care of me there and helped with a benefit for the Aids Action Committee called: ‘Drags, Dicks & Dykes’ – hugely successful.