SHOW: Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak
GROUP: Brian’s Sanders’ JUNK
ATTENDED: Sat., 8 p.m., Sept. 7
CLOSES: Sept. 15
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Creator of many of the Festival’s most popular shows, Brian Sanders premieres his newest dance sensation involving high heels, nursery rhymes, and a black portal of memory at the 23rd Street Armory.”
WE THINK: The show is inspired by nursery rhymes, so hey, let’s bring the kids, right? Not so fast. This is a Brian Sander’ JUNK production, meaning sexy stuff is likely in store.
That goes double, or maybe triple with Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak which, if not X is at least a hard R in the ratings category. There are explicit references to sexual acts; the high heels referenced in the show’s title could be from an S&M den; and the giant oak has seriously phallic branches.
This a mystical bedroom fantasy, where dreams are far from sweet. The narrative, such as it is, pertains to sex and argument.
It’s got the usual JUNK acrobatics — performers swing high in the air, from ropes and harnesses, hitting striking poses. Using just bare hands, a few guys climb up large white sheets. Tossing and twisting their feet they become ensconced in the material, looking much like a baby wrapped in a blanket. After the guys unwind and climb even higher, the sheets breakaway from their posts and drop to the ground, taking the climbers with them.
Three men sitting atop, hanging lampshades swing gently in the air to the tune of “hush little baby don’t you cry.” The men are wearing just g-strings, so there’s innocence lost on that nursery rhyme (as it is with any of the rhymes heard here).
Hush follows the familiar JUNK aesthetic, too. However, the pace is more measured, to the point of being meditative. The music dials ways down, with sounds like what you might hear while sleeping in a city bedroom (faint street noise) or the country (bullfrogs, birds, crickets).
Visceral, rapturous and, hyper-sexual, it’s an adult dream. Whether it’s a wet one is personal.
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