Madaus // Myslajek+Marks

June 9 - 12, 2016

One evening, two performances...

Read My/Lips Don’t Lie by Theresa Madaus is an investigation into lip sync, drag personae, dance, and hidden desire. Madaus delves into a world of  imagined dance where lip sync is choreography, lips are limbs, lip sync is abstract, lip sync is narrative, and lip sync suggests character – characters that consider masculinity, longing, and the deconstruction of real and fake.

Peripheries is a new multimedia work by Crystal Myslajek and John Marks that delves into the liminal spaces between resonance and dissonance, analog and digital, composition and improvisation. Utilizing piano, voice, projections, found sounds, and installation, the duo ventures out toward blurred perimeters, missing words, and an unraveling of the unobserved.



Theresa Madaus is a Minneapolis-based dance-maker and performer. Best known for her work as 1/3 of the choreographic collaboration Mad King Thomas, she also moonlights as drag sensation Rock Scissors, performs for others and individually creates dance investigating identity-construction and trapped queer longings. Working at the intersection of drag and dance, Madaus often employs camp, larger-than-life personas and deadpan while relying on the intelligence of the body as a primary investigator. With Emily Gastineau, she co-founded the Criticism Exchange, a peer response writing mechanism. She is also chair of DanceMN and a practitioner of Don’t You Feel It Too?

Crystal Myslajek is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sound artist who blends looping, ethereal vocals, and effects with minimalism, classical piano, and pop. She collaborates across disciplines including experimental film, performance art, theater, and dance. In 2016 she composed and performed music for Rachel Jendrzejewski's play, ENCYCLOPEDIA. In 2015 she debuted multimedia compositions commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center’s 416 Club and presented in the MONO NO AWARE international film exhibition in Brooklyn, NY. Myslajek's improvisational piano work was featured in the Soap Factory's 2013 Minnesota Biennial. Myslajek was vocalist and bass guitarist in Brute Heart. The trio was awarded City Pages’ 2012 Best Female Vocalist, featured in filmmaker Doug Aitken’s Station to Station project, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center to compose a score for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Other projects include accompaniment for SuperGroup collaborative, piano for musical theater by Cynthia Hopkins, and singing with the Anonymous Choir.

John Marks is a Minneapolis-based artist, performer, and curator working at the intersections of  media, music, and visual art. John’s work has been presented at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Mono No Aware (Brooklyn), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Slamdance (Park City Utah), Minneapolis / St. Paul International Film Festival, Cellular Cinema (Minneapolis), Roman Susan Gallery (Chicago), and Northern Spark (MN). He served as co-curator of The Soap Factory’s 2013 Minnesota Biennial, The Tuesday Improvised Music Series, and co-founded Art of This Gallery, and MirrorLab (Twin Cities).


Photos: Top: Crystal Myslajek and John Marks, Bottom: Theresa Madaus, Credit - Sean Smuda,

Support for New Works 4 Weeks is provided by Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.