US played from June 21th to 24th, 2007 in the Mainstage Theatre.
About the show
US blends highly athletic, sensual and dynamic movement with song, text and a layered soundscape to create a deeply personal commentary on the state of the union. This hybrid work explores issues of humanity and morality and examines the relationship between a country and its citizens. A series of cinematically woven duets with inanimate objects suggests dialogue with those who might not otherwise have a voice. By employing literal and metaphorical devices, choreographer/performer Alexandra Beller takes “us” along on her quest to build a healthy relationship with her country.
Created and performed by Alexandra Beller
Directed by Kristin Marting
- “Alexandra Beller is built like a burlesque queen and moves like a goddess.”
- — Dance Magazine
- “In Alexandra Beller's new solo show, directed by Kristin Marting, the former Bill T. Jones standout dresses herself in the American flag, uses it as a jump rope, breast-feeds it. A sound score assaults her with conservative rhetoric, circa 2004, and she enlists the audience in pointing out contradictions in Leviticus. Beller's powerful physicality conveys distress but also a rich sensuality, as she partners a blow-up doll and then a mop.”
- — The New Yorker