He & Him/She & Her
June 6 -9, 2013
Flipping the idea of a perfect wedding day upside down, Nick LeMere and his dancers aim to sweep you off your feet. Come be seduced by a gay boy's dream of big dresses, pretty men and flamboyant non-stop choreography.
Last summer the on-line magazine, l'etoile, aptly described the impulses behind this piece when it was first being developed:
"The cultural celebration of all things fabulously gay and the restrictions on same sex couples is one of the strangest sociological contradictions of our times. Movies and television shows have taught us that everyone needs a gay best friend, as long as you don’t have to see him kissing another dude! Or, you know, give them equal rights and stuff. Exploring themes of same sex relationships and marriage, as well as the glorification of queer culture, Nick LeMere’s “He & Him/She & Her” – part of the month-long emerging theater series New Works 4 Weeks – aims to explore and challenge this disconnect."
Fast-forward a year and not only has the work been extended from 15 minutes to a full hour, it's now less of a commentary and more of a celebration. My, how things change!!!
Reviews & Press
"Gay Shows at New Works 4 Weeks Festival," arts writer John Townsend spotlights the pieces by Sam Johnson & Nick Le Mere in his column, Lavender Magazine, 5/30/13
Nick LeMere is a po-mo homo & fashion stylist, who developed the initial ideas for He & Him/She & Her in Red Eye’s Works-In-Progress program last year. A University of Minnesota Dance graduate, and Bryant Lake Bowl regular, Nick has worked with local artists Max Wirsing, Emily King, Jennifer Arave, Karen Sherman, Morgan Thorson, The Bodycartography Project, Paula Mann, Mad King Thomas, Taja Will, Jessica Briggs, Chris LaPlante and more!
PR images - video stills from the 2012 version of He & Him/She & Her
New Works 4 Weeks is supported with project funding from Jerome Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature. Red Eye’s 29th season is made possible with general operating support from the Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.