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Rachel Ellison

DADDY'S CAVE: A project of JIMMYBROOKS + Zefrey Throwell

Thursday, August 7th 2014

"DADDY'S CAVE", is a continually developing performance calling upon an American tradition of physical control in relation to ethics of work, beauty, gender, masculinity, and sports. Performers utilize different gestures that express actions of policing forms, and the ways one breaks bonds in order to be free.

An incantation and excision of Daddy, "DADDY’S CAVE" calls upon the visionary work and worlds of Freddie Mercury, Annie Sprinkle, and Malcolm X. Moving in and out of psychological spaces that protect and harbor masculine behavior, or enable the values that keep safe American “freedoms”. The performance weaves through conjured holograms of the decadent dandy, the earth loving ecosexual whore, and the radical who lives out of strength rather than fear.

JIMMYBROOKS is a collaborative project between Rachel Ellison and Cassandra Troyan. Through performance, dance, and writing combined with spontaneity and play, they reconstruct the boundaries of female identity, pop culture, voyeurism, and spectatorship to formulate a heterogeneous subjectivity that seeks to create an identity out of the already present detritus of ever-fluctuating trends. Cassandra and Rachel reside in Chicago and met while attending the University of Chicago.

Cassandra Troyan

Rachel Ellison


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