Maev Beaty and Erin Shields
You never know what's going to crop up at Buddies in Bad Times' festival of new and experimental work. Keep your eye on these ever-growing artists. See continuing.
The dynamic duo
MAEV BEATY and ERIN SHIELDS
They've channelled their inner Victorians in Goblin Market and clowned around in Dance Of The Red Skirts. Now, in Montparnasse, these two writer/performers deliver bare truths about artists and models in 1920s Paris. (February 4-8)
Performer? Writer? Director? Dembski's all of the above, as he proves throughout the festival. First up, he helms What's It Like? (February 4-8), David Bateman's new solo show; then he writes and directs Wet Dream (February 11-15), a blend of Shakespeare, Freud and sex flicks; and finally he moves and grooves in Ame Henderson's /Dance/Songs/ (February 18-22). Then let's hope he gets some sleep.
The campy rebel
CHY RYAN SPAIN
Buddies' youth program coordinator, Spain was part of the Ecce Homo ensemble for the headline-grabbing SummerWorks hit The Pastor Phelps Project. He rejoins the outrageous company for Leni Riefenstahl Vs. The 20th Century, which pits the Nazi propagandist against the late New York intellectual Susan Sontag. Quite the showdown. (February 18-22).
The dancing queen
It's been a couple of years since Burpee's terrific dance/theatre hybrid The Spinster's Almanac. She's sure to bring her whimsical stage presence to her half of a late-night double bill shared with Diana Lopez de Soto. (February 13).
As an actor, Balkan always digs up a character's emotional truth. In Out The Window, she draws on her own experiences - and court transcripts - from an incident several years ago involving the police and the death of a man. (February 11-15).