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FringeArts – Gabrielle Revlock – SEX TAPE
September 16 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 4, 2020
In a touch-deprived era, SEX TAPE’s tension between friendship and erotic love (with detailed reenactments from the artist, Gabrielle Revlock’s private life) dares the audience to imagine alternate possibilities for love, care, nurturing, and touch. For this 2020 Fringe Festival, the live performance has been reimagined for the camera by filmmaker Shawn Kornhauser, to retain the intimate and meditative quality of the original work.
SEX TAPE is the second project where Revlock has recreated a moment in her life but shifted the focus by removing the man. In 2016, she premiered I replaced him with a lamp, a solo extracted from an accidental video recording of herself receiving verbal feedback from an older, established, male artist. For SEX TAPE, the spontaneous choreography between Revlock and a male lover, documented on video, has been reconstructed by Revlock and longtime female friend, Michele Tantoco. “I wanted to complicate notions of what friendship can look and feel like, repatterning my own search for care” says Revlock. “On a visit to the National Portrait Gallery I came upon a sculpture by Patricia Cronin of two women, her and her partner, embracing. It wasn’t passionate, it was tender. And while the work is titled Memorial to A Marriage and depicts two lesbians who would not have the right to marry for another 10 years, what I saw was a depiction of care that resonated with me and transcended the politics of sexuality and legality.”
“An engaging and profound performance experience.” – The Dance Journal
Recommended for 13+.
Buyers will be emailed a link to stream the performance on Vimeo along with an invitation to the following participatory activities:
//MIXER WITH THE ARTISTS// on Zoom
Gabrielle Revlock + Michele Tantoco: Thursday, September 17, 5-5:30pm
Gabrielle Revlock + Shawn Kornhauser: Monday, October 5, 6:30-7pm
At the mixer you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists, learn more about the background of the work, ask questions, and socialize with other audience members via Zoom! There will be breakout rooms, fun icebreakers and thought-provoking prompts to get the conversation started.
//RESTORATIVE CONTACT FOR QUARANTINE BUDDIES WORKSHOP// on Zoom
Restorative Contact is a mindful touch-based empathy practice. After creating and performing SEX TAPE, Gabrielle had the desire to create a participatory experience to share the deep sense of grounding, peace, and connection that she felt each time she performed the work. Restorative Contact begins with the understanding that touch is an important part of human development and wellbeing. In the workshop, participants will be guided through a mostly floor-based sequence of touch and weight-sharing, using various surfaces of the body. These passive contact poses are designed to regenerate, replenish and reset the body and mind. We will work slowly and mindfully with care and respect for our body as well as our partner’s. Deep relaxation has been shown to help with anxiety, insomnia, digestion, fertility and high blood pressure. The effects of touch are far-reaching, including emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing and improvement. Studies indicate that touch boosts dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, the hormones associated with making people feel good, and lowers cortisol levels which are associated with stress. This workshop is for friends, lovers, family or anyone you are sharing intimate space with.
“Mindful touch and movement grounds people and allows them to discover tensions that they may have held for so long that they are no longer even aware of them.” – The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Learn more at RestorativeContact.com