True and False

The Believer asked author Lydia Davis: “How do you know a story’s a story?” Davis, whose stories are featured in Liss Fain Dance company's new performance installation, The False and the True Are One, said, "It's a hard thing to define, but to be simple about it, I would say a story has to have a bit of narrative." The ongoing battle against the proscenium, waged by lots of performers around here, finds a definite expression tonight as audiences walk from room to room (echoes of Joe Goode's Traveling Light at the Old Mint a while back) in no fixed pattern. Jeri Lynn Cohen of the fantastic Word for Word theater company reads Davis' stories, longtime Fain collaborator Matthew Antaky lights the rooms, and an original score by Dan Wool accompanies everything. Dancers Jennifer Beamer Fernandez, Private Freeman, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Alec Lytton, and Bethany Mitchell enact Fain's famously interdisciplinary choreography -- looks like the emphasis is on "a bit" of narrative, but everyone just saw something different, so you'd better go out for drinks after.
Dec. 3-4, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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