Your Cakehole

Betty Crocker was a feminist and loved foreigners. That's our interpretation of available information about the television face of Betty Crocker from 1949 to 1964, Adelaide Hawley Cumming, anyway: She called herself the "incarnation of a corporate image," and spent her later years teaching English as a second language. The lady was, in stark contrast to the trademark she embodied, interesting. At "Cake in My Face," contemporary dancers take on the myths and realities of our lady of the aprons; the HudsonDance company promises to make a nice mess in homage to the ur-housewife icon. Choreographer Melissa Hudson Bell has focused her extensive academic studies on the connections between food and dance – we thought those connections were limited to something along the lines of "Those who practice the latter better not have any of the former." Hudson Bell digs deeper than we do; she's already produced a dance called "Dessert First." Betty would approve. So would Cumming. So do we.
June 20-21, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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