There was a good reason that The New Animals' latest show, "Ego, Dismantled," was one-night-only. The May 28 event was a "durational smashing together of dance, industrial fashion and a kinetic art installation" and the endgame was destruction. Local designers Charles Spitzak, Estee Clifford, Eric Eugene Aguilar, Pia Johns and Sean B. Cormack fashioned custom creations for the group, out of materials like plants, yarn and wood. The audience at Capitol Hill gallery/event space TMRW PARTY moved freely around the room, observing, engaging, helping, drinking, interacting with dancer/performers Sarah Lustbader, Melanie Ann, Ryan Vinson, Victoria Jacobs, Georgio-Armani Pacheco and New Animals artistic director Markeith Wiley. A world was created and over the course of the evening it was destroyed as the dancers shed their outer layers and laid waste to their earlier selves. - Gemma Wilson
Posted signs set the tone:
"We might ask for your help.
You can come and go as you please.
You can touch, just please be gentle.
We cannot help you but you can help yourself."
Georgio-Armani Pacheco and City Arts columnist/TMRW PARTY co-proprietress Amanda Manitach.
Georgio-Armani Pacheco and Markeith Wiley
Georgio-Armani Pacheco, Ryan Vinson, Melanie Ann and Victoria Jacobs
Melanie Ann and Markeith Wiley