2008 / 14 dancers/ 40 min.
Premiere: Dance New Amsterdam : New York, NY
Performers: Anna Bass, Amy Brandt, Elizabeth Brown, Jeanie Clay, Heidi Green, Han Nah Kim, Deborah Lohse, Megan McKenna, Donna Salgado, Vanessa Salgado, Tammi Shamblin, Candice Thompson, Ursula Verduzco and Amanda Waal
Music: David Lang, Stefan Weisman and Tchaikovsky
Monologue: Kobun Kaluza
Costumes: Amanda Waal
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Photos: Florence Baratay
Consumed with the task of registering for her new life, a bride is blindsided by the tragedy of losing her fiancé before the wedding even takes place. A mass of women collect on stage pouring ashes from everyday objects engaging in duets with their loss. “Monogrammed” addresses materialism, marriage and the unexpected and reoccurring nature of life altering events.
Deborah Lohse’s single, large-scale piece “Monogrammed” takes a devolutionary view of wedding planning and expectations, opening with a deft comic monologue by Lohse as possession-possessed bride-to-be and ending with an unhinged Lohse wallowing in the detritus of her wedding. “Monogrammed” seems to sink so low that the whole concept of a wedding becomes a bleak conceit, possibly even a destructive force. –Quinn Batson, offoffoff.com
2008 Excerpt at Fridays at Noon at the 92nd St Y : New York, NY
2008 Artist-in-Residence Preview at Dance New Amsterdam ; New York, NY
2008 Excerpt at Brooklyn Dance Sampler at BRIC : Brooklyn, NY
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