Performance Response Journal
It’s always great to see the lunatics take over the asylum and that’s exactly what Joanna Furnans and Hope Goldman’s Performance Response Journal attempts: dance artists writing about each other’s performances. Unedited and published open-submission, it’s as democratic as it gets and circumvents any pesky notions of dispassionate criticality or, at times, even coherent sentence structure. But, while ultimately the long-term issue to avoid for such publications is the crises of reader confidence that comes from friends writing about other friends’ work, hearing from the artists themselves about the challenges, joys and struggles of the process is in itself a worthwhile pursuit. Kicking off the effort with a panoply of reprints and first-person accounts, including that of N. Sharp’s personal essay describing the joys of exploring her sexuality by wearing a strap-on in public at the recent The Fly Honey Show, makes for a dishy, intimate read.
Best of Chicago 2016