Sunday, August 3, 2008

Red-Checked Life
by Penelope Cake
chashama performance window
Between 7th and 8th Avenues, A/C/E/1/2/3 to 34th Street, N/R/Q/W/7 to Times Square; M16, M34 buses to 8th Ave, M10, M20 to 36th St.

Opening reception and performance: Sunday, August 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Additional performances:
Tuesday, August 5th, 1:00pm
Thursday, August 7th, 5:00pm
Saturday, August 9th, 7:00pm
and open to the public.

The beauty of a public window is how haphazard the audience is. Men draw back shy of the sudden movement of genuine dancers behind glass. Women lean forward, attracted to the ten year old girl who dances with Miss Cake completely deadpan. They balance books on their heads, set the table with fork and knife, and perform other domestic rituals with ironic gestures. In the background is Cass Collins, ironing red and white checked napkins. Sometimes she irons the wall, which has its own white and red checked cloth.

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