It’s official: I am doing shows again. The chest seen in the above photo belongs to Theresa Columbus. I used a photo of Theresa’s chest once before on this site. It accompanied an explosive text , which announced that although the site had lain fallow for many months, it was in fact not dead. It was very not dead.
Stop thinking about boobs. Back to the point: The Blow is performing. I announced this fact months ago, and my dad commented here and gave me the thumbs up. Thanks dad!
I am working on an idea. I have a vision of a performance that I want to make, and the vision is bigger than what I am capable of realizing at this moment. So the plan is to start small, and slowly add, piece by piece, until it gets to the place that I am imagining. Imagine the leap in size from an infant to a teenager. It happens slowly. Let’s imagine it as a timelapse photography sequence: start with a shot of the thigh bone of a newborn. See it stretch rapidly over the span of fifteen seconds until it becomes the full grown size of a 20 year old’s leg. Gross! Imagine it was shot with a special X-ray camera, with the baby clamped into something that makes it hold still. That much growth in one organism doesn’t seem possible. Instead of using the image of the growth of a leg, we could have imagined a little baby chest growing from infancy to 20 year old size. We even could have kept the cameras rolling all the way into old age. However, that might have been inappropriate, and it would bring up notions of growth which then extend into decay and eventual expiration. And I don’t want to talk about expired boobs right now. I don’t want to talk about boobs at all.
To summarize: Nothing is boobs. Nothing is dead. (Unless you want to think of breasts as a symbol of growth and fertility, in which case everything is boobs.) The Blow is doing shows, and each show builds on the one before. Last month The Blow performed at Glasslands in Brooklyn. This month we will have a show at Joe’s Pub, in Manhattan. In August we will visit the primary English speaking cities of Europe. We have cooked the material since the last time we were out. We added a chapter and gave one of the characters a sex change. We are building something here, and anyone who wants to can watch as it grows.
**The person seen in the above photo is Melissa Dyne. She is an installation artist, and she is collaborating with me on the look and the sound of the current show. Her additions to the show are growing incrementally as well.