Literary Nonfiction. Dance. Essay. Performance. An elegy to four critical and poetic minds—Bill Berkson, Douglas Crimp, Kevin Killian, Sam Miller—QUARTET is also a meditation on ancestors, on how those who are no longer here affect our way of being, of writing, of moving through the world. Poet, novelist, writer of and on performance Claudia La Rocco weaves fragile threads of acquaintanceship and intimacy into a chamber piece of voices, attitudes, and gestures of attention, spurred on by the restless interplay of present, past, and page. QUARTET'S motifs run unpredictably along our sociality's frayed edges, seeking connections in the questions we're left with after the passing of lives and eras, inescapably edged by legacies of privileged belonging.
Claudia La Rocco is the author of the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), the chapbook I am trying to do the assignment ([2nd Floor Projects]), and the sf novel petit cadeau (published by the Chocolate Factory Theater in print, performance, and digital editions). Her work frequently involves interdisciplinary projects; collaborators include the visual artist Anne Walsh, the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, and the musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she is animals & giraffes, an ongoing experiment in improvisation. She has received grants and residencies from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts, among others, and has writing in numerous publications and anthologies, including The New York Times, where she was a critic and reporter from 2005-2015. La Rocco is Editorial Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's live and online commissioning platform Open Space.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA