Star Crap Method solo with Illogical Jazz Ballet

Friday, October 9
Segal Theatre
SCMIII by Brian Rogers

Photo by Brian Rogers

Star Crap Method is Larissa Velez-Jackson’s improvisation practice that blurs composition, performance and research through body-based disciplines. SCM embraces technical brilliance and failure in equal measure, ushering in a form of interdisciplinary creative limitlessness with opportunities for great humor, vulnerability and absurdity. In this demonstration made especially for the Prelude Festival, the dancer acts as a filter between language and movement while exploring aloud the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center for the first time. “Illogical jazz ballet” is a language prompt to orient the practitioner(s) in the task of instant dance composition onstage.

Each performance will run approximately 15 – 20 minutes. Larissa Velez-Jackson is presented within the 3:45pm – 5:30pm set. Follow by a short discussion, moderated by Noel Allain.

  • Larissa Velez-Jackson
    Photo Courtesy of the Artist

    Larissa Velez-Jackson is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and hybrid artist who uses improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, focusing on personhood and the dancing/sound-making body. She employs a deep humor to grant audiences universal access to contemporary art’s critical discourse. She has presented work at numerous NYC venues such as: Roulette, PS 122, New Museum of Contemporary Art, (former) Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Fall Platform ’10, American Realness Festival ‘11 at Abrons Arts Center and Chocolate Factory Theater ’14. In 2011, she launched a song-and-dance collaboration with her husband Jon Velez-Jackson called Yackez, “The World’s Most Loveable Hip Hop Duo.”

    Velez-Jackson was a Movement Research Artist in Residence ’12-’13, a SPARC resident ’13 with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and most recently an El Museo Del Barrio Artist in Residence ‘14. In 2012 she attended the danceWEB scholarship program of Impulstanz Int’l Dance Festival by way of the ’12 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. She will premiere a full-length commission at New York Live Arts in 2016 that incorporates her multimedia collaborative, Yackez with her senior aerobics students onstage.

    Upcoming: Star Crap Method, American Realness Festival at Abrons Arts Center January, 2016.