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Theatre Asylum
between N Cahuenga and Vine 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
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Extended as Theatre Asylum’s Best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival


Poor Dog Group’s NANO NATION is an investigation of the American Myth.  As with many folkloric creations, the piece deals with the creation and dissolution of power.  In the performance we encounter a woman who, after having managed to free herself from Male-centric forms of domination, begins to scrutinize her own origins by considering her female heritage.  She realizes that her descent, her own folklore and derivation, have attached themselves to her as a physiological inscription of the past and that if she is intends to explore that mythic formation she must focus on their resting place: her own body.   

The piece is performed by dancer/choreographer, Jessica Emmanuel, who has strategically crafted a series of physical tasks that work to fragment and reflect on the story told within the performance.  The story comes to us by way of blues master Jelly Roll Morton as his ‘Murder Ballad’ is played throughout, tentatively describing events in which Jessica is the personification. 

Video provides a portion of the mise en scene, along with a stark collection of objects that people the space.  Shot on an iPod Nano directed through an old Nikon, the projected images allow for a whole ‘female imagery’ to take shape behind the performer as she executes her tasks.   

The movement, sound and video design were constructed independently of one another until the workshop production of NANO NATION at the Hollywood Fringe Festival allowed them to interact and come alive.

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