A House To Call Our House
An empty room, a grapefruit, the night sky, a prosthetic arm.
Bring out the the plywood trees.
Fade to pink.
Are we on a film set? Combining elements of dance, theater and sculpture to create a living installation, A House To Call Our House is simultaneously the creation of and the event. Scenes and meaning shift in a kaleidoscope of dancing bodies, banners, houseplants and infinite gyrating.
Inspired by the the Czech film Daisies and Philip Iosca's book, Blush, Mrozowski and Calabrese create a surreal world that is both flat and transformative. The piece posits a poetics of the 5th dimension, a hypothetical mathematical dimension where space and time converge. In their third collaboration, the ladies are developing a distinct dialect in visual language that feels a bit like old American musicals reimagined in a contemporary art context. There's no singing, but there are definitely dream sequences.
Concept/Choreography/Sets/Performance /// Julia Calabrese + Layla Marcelle Mrozowski
Video 1 /// Jackson Hoose
Video 2 /// Matt Underwood
Styling /// Sarah Baker
Music /// Perry Pfister
Publication Studio /// Portland, Oregon
Fertile Ground Festival 2013
A solo created and performed by Layla Marcelle Mrozowski
Reading is a voguing term; it’s the verbal art of insulting someone through a descriptive, hyperbolic attack on a flaw in her appearance. This social and artistic one-upmanship is the same competitive force underlying much of rap and hip hop culture.
Reading Rainbows is a piece concerned with performative competition, cultural appropriation, and double entendres. Decked in a gold sequined blazer, red underwear and cowboy boots, Mrozowski constructs a mashup of music video, monologue and strip tease. In a fierce yet vulnerable performance, the audience is engaged directly and intimately. At times strangely menacing and at others silly, Mrozowski inhabits the peculiar liminal space of sexy and awkward.
Text (in performance) by Zebra Katz and Njena Redd Foxxx