Smashworks Dance – CITY STORIES at Center for Performance Research


Smashworks Dance (Taylor Jordan, Louisa Pancoast, Haley Williams, Tyler Choquette, Laurie Deziel), CITY STORIES, 2022, Photo by Elyse Mertz, courtesy of Smashworks Dance

Though I saw Smashworks Dance’s CITY STORIES over a month ago, it still lingers in the back of my mind. As a New Yorker, how could it not? The images from the show are the images of my daily life. Flashes of scenes and movements weave their way through my commute and my coffee run, popping up like absurdist smash-cuts in early-2000s sitcoms. That’s where Artistic Director Ashley McQueen’s magic lies: the source material is everyday, the execution is something else entirely.

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