Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton of DANCENOISE in Lock 'em Up at New York Live Arts. Photo by Ian Douglas.
The name — all caps, no space — tells you everything you need to know. Manic and loud, DANCENOISE has been sounding off for 35 years. Lock ‘em Up, which made its world premiere at New York Live Arts, sticks with its time-tested formula of biting political commentary, ribald wit, and plenty of fake blood. Yet the piece still manages to surprise.
Founded by Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton, DANCENOISE has enjoyed a weeklong presentation at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2015 and received laudatory notices since its inception. Here, the audience knows what to expect and chortles in glee when the performance begins on the sidewalk. In the bone-chilling night, seven black-clad dancers razzle dazzle their way through A Chorus Line’s “One.” At the end, they twerk on their hands and knees.
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