Almost a week after the first performance, Dystopian Distractions refuses to recede from my mind. It seems to have taken up permanent residence, insinuating itself whenever I’ve got an unoccupied moment. Mark Dendy and his fabulosa dancers/actors won’t let go.
Never have I had a performance affect me so deeply; in ways both pleasurable and in ways disturbing. Mark’s genius will lead you to the precipice, but he never lets you fall off the cliff. You can trust him, because you’re in the hands of a very savvy pro. He knows well how to provoke, but never gives you more than he believes you can handle. His multi-layered and fast-paced work gives multiple options within each complex frame as well as from scene to scene.. One moment you are horrified by the world he presents, yet the next moment, his piercing wit provides the relief you need to laugh at the not- so- funny world we live in. The tug of war between evil and the absurd is unrelenting and fascinating. It continues throughout the work, gripping you in its powerful and masterful hold.
All photos by David Bazemore.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the premiere of this work.
Thanks to the Lobero for their trust and belief in their partnership with DANCEworks. Thanks to the Lobero stagehands and everyone who had a hand in creating this production.
Thanks to the remarkable artists who gave 1000% to make the performance of this work possible in one month’s time. Thanks to all community performers.
Thanks to our donors and all funders. Thanks to my Board.
And most of all, thanks to Mark Dendy for having the courage, the talent and the vision to carry it off. I do believe he hit the vulnerable center of our collective hearts.