Husiak // Johnson
June 15 - 17
One Evening / Two Performances
FEET ON THE GROUND by Laryssa Husiak
In this new work, playwright and performing artist Laryssa Husiak listens to voices of past pioneers and protesters to help illuminate this current moment. Like much of her work, Feet on the Ground weaves memoir, history and fantasy, to create unabashedly emotional characters living in heightened realities. Husiak’s plays and solo performances focus on the formation of identity, family and intergenerational relationships from a queer point of view. At this moment of political upheaval, Feet on the Ground is a theatrical exploration of resistance, liberation and the tension between them.
isthmus ellipsis by Sam Johnson
isthmus ellipsis is a dance. It might be a love letter to dance. Subject and object. Explicating and creating ourselves. isthmus ellipsis is two bodies in space, on stage. Two bodies made up of so many. Note structure. Note bodies. Note dissolution. Dance as movement. Technique as habit. Note. Note. Note. An acknowledgement of history and a question about knowing. A duet.
Featuring dancers Sarah Baumert and Alanna Morris-Van Tassel
Laryssa Husiak is a Minneapolis-based playwright and performing artist with roots in New York City. Her original play She Is King which reenacts interviews with Billie Jean King, premiered at Incubator Arts Project in New York, 2014, and toured to Boom Arts in Portland. She has written numerous short plays and solo performances that have been performed at venues throughout including Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis and La MaMa ETC, HERE Arts Center and Dixon Place in New York. In 2016, Laryssa was awarded a Forecast Public Art grant for the development of her interactive performance project Free Speech Karaoke. Other grants: Iowa Arts Council, Art Matters, Yip Harburg Foundation. Fellowships: MacDowell Colony, Yaddo. Laryssa was a finalist for the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for her play The Forgettable Saga of Donna Wanna. She is a member of the Obie Award-winning theater company Two-Headed Calf.
Sam Johnson is a performance-based artist living in Minneapolis. He holds a BS in dance performance from Skidmore College and an MFA in performing arts: dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the performance collective SuperGroup, with whom he has created many works and performed with across the US. As an independent performer in NYC and Minneapolis he has worked with a range of performance makers, including: David Gordon, Daniel Linehan, Mariah Maloney, Natalie Green, Angharad Davies, Morgan Thorson, Chris Yon, Body Cartography Project, Chris Schlichting, Nick LeMere, Judith Howard, and Justin Jones.
Support for New Works 4 Weeks is provided by IBM, Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.