Greenpoint Gazette

TOTALLY OTHER an evening-length dance theater duet


Triskelion Arts is proud to present TOTALLY OTHER, a premiere collaborative work by the creative duo Abby Bender and Cassie Tunick. Drawn into a first alliance in a room that will soon be destroyed, the performers investigate what they really want from each other and what they are missing. With dances stolen from ritual, songs borrowed from nature, and a vow of simplicity, secret exchanges grounded in physical humor become a social event. Join them and their multiple personalities at the end of an era as they are lit by random flashes of a playful mind and held together by stubborn perseverance.

Abby Bender has developed ten evening-length shows and more than fifty shorter works over the past twenty years. Her dance company, Schmantze Theatre, a playful spin on the over-used, catchall “dance theatre,” is dedicated to developing and presenting shameless (and oftentimes meaningful) work. Bender attempts to redefine what constitutes a dance and who can be a dancer, while welcoming viewers and participants into the strange depths of her imagination. She is the Artistic/Executive Director and a co-founder of Triskelion Arts and the Built on Stilts Dance Festival on Martha’s Vineyard. In addition to performing with numerous choreographers in NY and on Martha’s Vineyard, Bender has choreographed for several theater pieces and music videos for artists Harrington & Kauffman, Beautiful Small Machines, and The Hazzards, as well as for Rosetta Stone.

Cassie Tunick is a performer, writer, and teacher. Her physical improvisations have been seen on stages across the US and in Estonia, France and Germany. Theatrical collaborators include inkBoat (Butoh), Reflex Ensemble (experimental music-theater), David Finkelstein (video), and Katie Yates (poetry. She regularly performs in Second Nature with Heather Harpham and Danny Tunick. She has danced for Tracey Rhoades’ Exploding Roses, played keyboards with The Mad Scene, acted the title role in Eric Kozial’s film The Duchess, and vocalized with the band Barbez. In New York, her work has been presented at Triskelion Arts, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Ontological Theater, Brooklyn Museum, Irondale Center, Dixon Place, Movement Research, and Roulette. She is a Senior Teacher of Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theater, devoted to the study and development of Action Theater for the last 25 years. She holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa Institute and recently finished editing a book on improvisation by Ruth Zaporah due out in September.

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