MAGNUM OPUS: Retrospective by Celine (née De La Croix)
MAGNUM OPUS: Retrospective
A multidisciplinary performance project featuring Celine (née De La Croix)
Thu-Sat, April 11–13, 2019, 8:00 PM
All About Celine
Through a developmental residency at BkSD, The People Movers’ choreographer and artistic director Kate Ladenheim and performer–designer Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs devised a collaborative project titled OH, CELINE and its heroine, Celine (née De La Croix). This fictional Brooklyn-based avant-garde dancer was conceived as a hilarious yet sincere caricature of a downtown artist.
Through a sequence of events – sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny – the clueless New Age-y diva evolved into a provocative, Borat-like figure through whom her creators set to unmask the power structures in the contemporary art scene and our society at large. Over the last few months, they've unveiled Celine’s experiences through a long series of disarmingly pretentious social media posts, a mystifying art film, and surprising live appearances— all of which inspired unexpected reactions from the audiences.
Now, Ladenheim and Lynn-Jacobs present a look at their heroine’s journey in MAGNUM OPUS: A Retrospective, a multidisciplinary evening of solo performance combining theater, dance, and scenic installation, presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance.
Celine's narrative is centered on a sincere but flawed character whose shortcomings might get in the way of the audience’s understanding of her latent talent and unique perspective. MAGNUM OPUS: A Retrospective dives into what Celine has learned — about herself, her absurd experiences, and the world she lives in.
Photos: Lady Deryn