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About lightseydarst

Originally from Tallahassee, Lightsey Darst writes, dances, writes about dance, and teaches in Minneapolis. Her book Find the Girl was published by Coffee House Press in April 2010, and her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also hosts the writing salon “The Works”.

Some thoughts about Chris Schlicting’s show

1. This is a big show. If you care about dance in the Twin Cities, go see it. 2. What’s happening: hard to say: a new state is being reached, each time, each piece. 3. Schlicting’s work is fundamentally masturbatory, … Continue reading

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“They ask her to identify certain constellations. They make her perform complicated dance steps in her wet shoes. She asks for a pair of socks and they prod her with the jawbone of a horse. It raises certain questions. The … Continue reading

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Zhauna Franks’s Her Hysterical Nostalgia (at the Open Eye, April 7-11, 2011)

I’ve been thinking of getting away. I’ll go someplace elemental: fire, water. When I get there, I won’t be me anymore, but new—the star that I am under the thing that I seem to you and myself to be. The … Continue reading

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Minnesota Dance Theatre spring 2011

Aesthetic of escape: hungry, ecstatic. The point of the rules is to propel out some limb of exception: a partnership of pure involution goes on because there’s a glimmer of light that way. You can hang there, eros revolving, or … Continue reading

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Lucinda Childs’s DANCE

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a / the / this / that

What is it with these little words? Why do I, on revision, so often find myself switching or removing these from otherwise-unaltered lines? Am I just lazy, or do these variants really change what a line means so greatly? And … Continue reading

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Exercise: Annotate

an entire book, completely, all the thoughts, memories, everything. Any book, it doesn’t matter. Give it away. This would be intimate.

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