American Realness

Adrienne Truscott


Co-Presented by Abrons Arts Center & Gibney Dance

Sunday, January 14, 4:00pm
Monday, January 15, 5:30pm
Tuesday, January 16, 8:30pm

Run Time: 55 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan
Single Tickets $25 / Abrons Festival Pass $20 /

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THIS is “a dance about dance without any dance”. The work choreographs text through the intersections of memory, narrative authority, truth, fiction, performance and memoir. Mining Truscott’s body of work to thieve and repurpose material, THIS investigates liminality and the experience and evaporation of time as parsed with memory and trauma. The work explores the “dancer” and the role of the female body, recognizing that our personal narratives live in our flesh and bone. THIS is a small or large or medium act of artistic survivalism and an inadequate attempt to reflect new context brought by the performance and climate at hand. THIS is a run-on sentence. THIS is a grift. THIS is a piece of cake.

THIS was supported by the Live Feed creative residency and commissioning program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. THIS received additional support from the National Performance Network. Additional residency for the development of THIS is provided by the Watershed Lab residency at Mount Tremper Arts
Photo by Paul Goode

Created, Written & Performed: Adrienne Truscott
Direction: Ellie Heyman
Set/Sound/Video Design: Carmine Covelli
Light Design: Mary_Ellen stebbins

Adrienne Truscott has been making multi-genre, multi-platform work for over 20 years. She’s a choreographer, comedian, writer, performance maker and has been one half of The Wau Wau Sisters, a 15-year long collaboration and boundary-busting cabaret/circus act. Her group choreographic works (they will use the highways, Genesis, no!, Ha! A Solo, Bermuda/Disappearance (Never Performed), make, I mean and Too Freedom) have been presented by The Kitchen, PS122, Dance Theater Workshop Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Project Arts Centre (Dublin) and American Realness among others.

Her critically-acclaimed Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! won the Edinburgh Foster’s Panel-Prize and is considered a critical impetus to the evolving conversation about rape culture. She is a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Artist, 2016 FCA Artist Grant recipient (Theater), a 2017 Adelaide Fringe Artist Ambassador and a 2017 Bessie-nominated artist for Outstanding Production for THIS. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas, on cult story-telling series The Moth, and is an occasional writer for The Guardian. Her essays have been published in two Australian anthologies – Women of Letters: Between Us and Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex. THIS premiered at New York Live Arts in April 2017 and is currently touring widely. Wild Bore, a project she spear-headed as a commissioned collaboration with UK and Australian artists at The Malthouse (Melbourne) will be at Soho Theatre (London) for month in Nov/Dec 2017. As an artist, she wears many hats and is attracted to the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor.