Book Reading | Claudia LaRocco Nov 5, 2014

by Monique

Sat, Nov 22 | pre-show poem & Secret Mary
6 - 7pm | OtB Studio Theater

Claudia La Rocco reads from and discusses her new book, The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), a selected writings featuring poetry, criticism and performance texts. How do different types of writing inform and diverge from each other, and what it is to be working in these various modes and disciplines in 2014, in relation to art forms like dance and theater? She will be joined in conversation after by the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, with whom La Rocco has been collaborating in recent years.

Widely known as an incisive critic for The New York Times and Artforum, Claudia La Rocco is also a poet and performer whose hybrid texts are as mercurial and imaginative as her criticism. The Best Most Useless Dress reveals the breadth and depth of La Rocco's art, featuring poetry, essays, performance texts and reviews written over the past decade. These writings explore how movement and rhythm--in time, through space, across bodies, on the page--engender experience itself. Jay Sanders, curator of performing arts at the Whitney, writes: "Claudia La Rocco's impactful writing sketches its performing subjects in real time, depicting not only the character of work, but the conditions in which it collectively forms and exists. Here the spaces of New York performance and the spaces of critical writing reveal themselves anew." The book includes an introduction by poet Elizabeth Robinson.

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 Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014) a selection of writings encompassing a decade's worth of poetry, essays, performance texts and reviews. Her recent and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include projects with the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark and the composer Phillip Greenlief. La Rocco founded, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and focuses on criticism as a literary art form. She is a member of the Off the Park poetry press and contributes frequently to theNew York Times and ARTFORUM. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, teaches at such institutions as Stanford University and Movement Research and has performed and read at such places as The Kitchen, Danspace Project, the Center for New Music, Abrons Arts Center and the Mount Tremper Arts Festival. She serves on the board of the Poetry Project and is the guest artist curator for Danspace Project’s PLATFORM 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets (February 11-March 28, 2015.)