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John Jasperse Company

Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies, Walker Commission

Part of 2009-2010 Performing Arts Season

“Entertaining. Lush. Funny. Jasperse seems here to have tapped into his inner vaudevillian. [The work] exerts its charms from the moment the lights go up.” —New York Times

One of America’s most astute and influential innovators trains his keen eye on the idea of veracity—and the lack thereof—in this exploration of the often fluid boundaries between fantasy and reality. By juxtaposing varied styles of dance, performance, and music in a collage that bounces between the sincere and the ironic, John Jasperse asks us to examine what we believe, what we don’t, and why. Seasoned with his distinct humor, Truth features movement for six performers and music composed by Hahn Rowe for a chamber ensemble (Michelle Kinney, cello; Angelique Gaudette, viola; Nicolas Gaudette, bass; and Melissa Mathews, violin) and electronics. Lighting (with Joe Levasseur), sets, props, and even oddball magic tricks are all designed by the multitalented Jasperse.

Note: Performance contains nudity and sleight of hand tricks.

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Copresented with the National Performance Network (NPN).

Coproduced by the Forsythe Company. Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies is an NPN Creation Fund Project commissioned by Walker Art Center in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, REDCAT/CalArts, PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art), and NPN, with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support provided by Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

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Additional support is generously provided by Engaging Dance Audiences: A Program of Dance/USA, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.