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Jane's Life Gets Wrecked

Marcel W Foster

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Please join Jane Goodall as her life gets wrecked formally by Susan Rethorst! 

Christina Gesualdi wrecks Jane's life. Photo by Kate Raines |


What? Jane Goodall is dancing now?

Marcel W. Foster studied chimpanzees with the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center for five years, and published several papers about their behavior (here's a review in Nature!). Confused & confounded with the politics that surround scientific research, he joined forces with Hyphen-Nation Arts in 2010 and co-created The Jane Goodall: Experience, a drag-parody of Jane Goodall & an examination of his experience as a researcher. This summer drag-Jane will return to her alma mater, Stanford University, and speak at the Performance Studies International Conference. Before this, however, Susan Rethorst will WRECK her lecture!!

What is wrecking?

“Wrecking” is a process where one choreographer is invited midway into the making of a piece and for a day pretends that its her's to meddle with and recreate! Rethorst wrote: “He [Tere O’Connor, the choreographer Rethorst invited to her own rehearsal] entered into the rehearsal process and looked at the piece as though it was to become his from that moment forward, changing it to his liking, imposing his own aesthetic with complete disregard for my intentions. I then took back the rehearsals, with the same attitude toward his changes……..akin to culture shock; disorienting, the center of gravity shifted.” For more detail about Rethorst’s wreckings, read this New York Times article

Photo by Kate Raines |

Join us on May 18th at Mascher Space to Wreck Jane's Life. Food & Sangria will be provided!

*Please register so Jane concocts enough to drink for everyone!*

This wrecking (as well as a wreck of Megan Bridge's/fidget's work) are the final events in the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series project Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind Choreographic Mind supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 

Have questions about Jane's Life Gets Wrecked? Contact Marcel W Foster

When & Where

Mascher Space Co-op
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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