Split Britches January 2 for 1 Sale: Desperate Archives & RUFF

Peggy Shaw RUFF
La Mama Theatre in New York kicks off 2014 with
Split Britches January 2 for 1 Sale
featuring 2 very special events

Desperate Archives, an exhibition based on 20 years of Split Britches archival materials

RUFF, the critically acclaimed solo performance by Peggy Shaw, directed and co-written by Lois Weaver

Desperate Archives,
deposited somewhere between land and sea, between proliferation and devastation
La Mama Galleria
Opening January 3, 2014 | 6-9pm
then Wednesday – Sunday 1pm -7:30 pm
with special pre-show appearances by Peggy Shaw and Man Meat Collective

In this exhibition, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches re-purpose their own archival material from the last 20 years of work together in order to explore the issues of having, holding, and letting go. These interactive installations playfully critique a current archival frenzy that is occurring at a time when many of our worldly possessions are being swept out to sea. And just as a storm exposes what’s underneath the surface of a once bright and shiny thing, Desperate Archives reveals the infrastructure of the Split Britches creative process by highlighting the individual contributions made by collaborators: Vivian Stoll, Stormy Brandenberger, Susan Young, Lori E Seid, Matt Delbridge, Helaine Gawlica, Eva Weiss, Saskia Scheffer, Jo Palmer and many others including our audience. As collaborators on our intergenerational future, the Man Meat Collective will be populating the gallery with occasional live interventions.

The exhibition is the result of initial explorations in preparation for the development of a live performance entitled Desperate Archives funded in part by the MAP Fund’s Creative Exploration Grant and with assistance from the Hemispheric Institute.

RUFF
co written and performed by Peggy Shaw
directed and co-written by Lois Weaver
La Mama First Floor Theatre
January 9-26
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 2:30pm

New York City just can’t get enough of downtown performance legend, Peggy Shaw. Following her critically acclaimed run at the 2013 Coil Festival and an extremely popular European tour, Ruff is returning to the NY stage by popular demand at the La Mama Theatre.

After suffering a stroke in 2011, Shaw’s entire world had to be rebuilt from the bruised, but surprising pieces. RUFF exposes the host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members who once effortlessly melded to form Shaw’s seductive, captivating personality. Guided by longtime collaborator Lois Weaver, Shaw throws off the stigma of age and embraces the joy—and necessity—of creating new work, post-stroke. Like a skilful striptease, Shaw unashamedly exposes the emotional and technological accommodations she now requires to perform, and in so doing, offers a rare glimpse at the art in ageing and infirmity. RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept Shaw company these past 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke, and a celebration that her brain is still able to fill the blank green-screens with new insights to share with her favorite confidants – the audience.

“Shaw’s supremely transgressive art explodes every box which might be used in some vain attempt to contain her: language, societal norms, sex, romance, art.”
—playwright Craig Lucas in BOMB magazine

Performed and co-written by Shaw, and directed and co-written by Weaver, Ruff features choreography by Stormy Brandenberger, music and sound design by Vivian Stoll, set and media design by Matt Delbridge, and lighting by Lori E. Seid.

La Mama
74A East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
212.475.7710
See more at: http://lamama.org

For more info contact: SplitBritches@gmail.com

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About Split Britches

Split Britches was founded 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Since 1980 we have transformed the landscape of queer performance with our vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics – feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone, and lesbian because it takes the presence of a lesbian on stage as a given.
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