Saturday 27 April 07:00pm

Gavin Rayna Russom

Physicality Rev 1: One Woman Show (Rough Mix)

6:30pm doors • 7pm show


PHYSICALITY: An Exploration of Embodiment in Three Remixes

The dynamic artist Gavin Rayna Russom, who received acclaim as LCD Soundsystem’s “Synth Wizard”, has always delighted in exploding restrictive boxes of genre and discipline. Moving fluidly between the worlds of academic composition and underground dance clubs, Russom brings that stylistic open-mindedness to her series of three residency shows at National Sawdust.

Much as a recording engineer might create several different mixes of the same track, these three shows will present three different experiences centered on three interlinked questions about physicality: What does it mean to know something physically, in your body? What physical spaces can artists flourish in outside the rigid binary that separates concert hall from club floor? How can hiding in plain sight draw out the fertile potential for  stealthily playful artistic explorations despite the chronic liability of societal exclusion?

In the first of her three residency shows, Gavin Rayna Russom offers a sequence of beguiling vignettes. In the same way that her iconic Black Meteoric Star project serves as a musical sketchbook, in this performance, Russom will conjure up a set of short bursts of song, movement, film, and story-telling that capture the kaleidoscopic energy of the digital age. With an episodic continuity not unlike a traditional setlist, One Woman Show (Rough Mix) will offer self-contained building blocks that add up to a dizzying, fragmented whole.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.