Performance works

Whenever I get off the floor I’m a total fucking Hurricane

Whenever I get off the floor I’m a total fucking Hurricane, Feb 2011

 
 

Description: The story is a mix of children’s fairy tale/allegory/ comic book pulp. The assassins steal the psychic energy of the protagonist. A group of town’s people revive the protagonist through a ritual and the protagonist gets revenge on the assassins. This was followed by a live performance of “Free Jazz”- a structured, percussion fueled  Jazz improv. The piece was also augmented by the unfinished film clips of the “Free Jazz” movie- local punk indie-pop  band Brilliant Colors .

…I remember I got the gig because the curator of the night knew of my work in the Indie Queer Electro band Gravy Train!!!- a band i was a tighty whitey clad go-go boy in (this was in my eariler 20s mind you) and she originally asked me to throw and underwear party and I asked if my dance company could perform instead and she was like “Wait. DANCE COMPANY?!?!?!?….” lol…

 
 

Choreographer: Brontez Purnell | Premiered: Berkeley Art Museum | Support from: Self-Produced


 

BAMPFA L@TE: Brontez with Brilliant Colors

Brontez with Brilliant Colors showcases a new body of work by the Brontez Purnell Dance Company that combines dance choreography with dance films shot in Super 8. Brontez keeps it punk and street, performing without costume around creative set elements. The event features original scores created by Purnell in collaboration with Taji Maalik, plus opening band Brilliant Colors, and DJ Myles Cooper.

Programmed by Betty Nguyen for L@TE: Friday Nights at BAM/PFA. Nguyen is the founding director for Living ARTS Fund and publisher of First Person Magazine.

 

The debut performance of TheBrontez Purnell Dance Companyat the Berkeley Art Museum  felt like a watershed moment. Maybe it was the physical space. A museum has a way of making things seem momentous, different from a warehouse or a punk club where witnessing unique, radical performance is expected. But on a Friday night in February, I had the feeling Brontez Purnell + dancers may have done the impossible: made “free jazz” relevant to punk. Consider this: there is nothing more punk than getting on stage and doing something that scares the shit out of people. In this case, it just happened to be dancing. [exert from  Wow, what a show! Brontez Dance Company (and friends)by  ; Maximum Rock&Roll – International DIY punk fanzine, radio show, website and record label since 1977. – See full review here