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Friday, April 3, 2015

"Daily Life Everlasting": For weekend fun, relocate to La MaMa

Vanessa Koppel in Daily Life Everlasting
 (photo: Kaz PS)

Easter season finds a trio of bunny-costumed people bopping around La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre in a set that looks like someone's poorly-furnished studio apartment. It's never clear why, but don't mind that. After all, it's Witness Relocation. Just follow those bunnies down the rabbit hole of Daily Life Everlasting, the latest collide-oscopic collaboration of writer Charles L. Mee and director-choreographer Dan Safer.

Although one seeker of meaning will mouth the words "Things can't just happen for no reason at all," don't believe it for one minute. With Mee and Safer, things happen for no reason at all all the time to delirious, sometimes delicious, effect. Daily Life Everlasting sends love and sex and Mee's verbal exuberance through Safer's trusty blender along with the usual helping of quirky gestural movements, all-out ensemble dance numbers, video hallucinations, and other playful distractions. There's action front, back and at the sides, there's same-sex canoodling, and there's singing. If divided attention (or strobe-lit orgies) stress you out, don't go.

Performed by Alexa Andreas, Aziza Barnes, Nikki Calonge, Philip Gates, Tori Khalil, Vanessa Koppel, Mike Mikos, Dan Safer and Chinaza Uche

Original songs: Heather Christian
Video and projections: Kaz PS
Set: Jay Ryan with Andrew Bordwin
Lighting: Jay Ryan
Sound: Michael DeAngelis
Costume: Brad Callahan

Daily Life Everlasting continues through April 19: Thursday through Saturday performances at 8pm; Sundays at 4pm. For information and tickets, click here.

La MaMa (Ellen Stewart Theatre)
66 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), Manhattan

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