TORN PAPER TEARS EASY & OUI DE DEUX
A Shared Evening of Dance, Trapeze, Theater and Mixed Media Performance Art by Dominique Zeltzman & Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen

Thursday – Saturday, June 5th – 7th 8:00pm
SomArts Theater

Tickets: $12 advance; $15 at the door

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Dominique Zeltzman Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen

Photos © Chloe Sherman

Torn Paper Tears Easy is mixed genre show by Dominique Zeltzman, combining dance, narrative, video, aerial trapeze, sewing and installation, to humorously address suicide, isolation and fantasy. Oui de Deux – the world of artistic duos becomes disturbing and new with a series of three duets. Adult contemporary singers, movement specialists and comediennes are on the menu for deux, interspersed with the sincere and beautiful musical stylings of Katy Davidson. Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen share a comic take on the earnest teaming of artists, bringing to the stage two of their most popular duos – Carole Murphy and Mitzi Fitzsimmons, comediennes at the blunt forefront of Estrogen Comedy, and Sharol and Barol Claussen, movement specialists ousted from an angry dance community. The opening duo is a never-seen-before surprise, sure to please those with sensitive ears.

Artist Biographies:

Dominique Zeltzman is a queer genre-blending solo performer, choreographer, dancer, teacher, and aerialist. Her work has shown in the Bay Area, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island and Baltimore since 1991. Venues include The Bay Area Dance Series, Footwork Dancers’ Group, Dance Mission, New Langton Gallery, The Lab, Headlands Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, The Flynn Theater and Movement Research at The Judson Church (among others). She collaborates extensively in duo with Kathleen Hermesdorf and Selene Colburn. Her work seeks to expand the dance audience by introducing mixed disciplines, multi media, and stories that capture the imagination and appeal to common experience.

Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick have been collaborating since the Pabst went down at the Michigan Womyn_s Music Festival in 1999. Their first two-woman show Fumbling Toward Rock: The Miriam and Helen Story premiered at Venue 9 in San Francisco to great enthusiasm and was awarded a Pick of the Week in the SF Bay Guardian. They took the show to the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington the following August and performed to a sold out house at the Midnight Sun. Four months later the show was made into a twenty minute short movie by the same name, produced by Steakhaus Productions (By Hook or By Crook), which debuted in the Frameline Film Festival. Since then Beth and Tara have been hatching a small army of female artist duos and trotting them out at Ladyfest San Francisco, Homo-a-Gogo, Spanganga and more. Beth and Tara are currently at work on a feature-length screenplay titled Rusty Citation.

Katy Davidson has been writing and performing music for seven years. She recently toured Japan with her band, and toured part of the U.S. with Mirah and Mates of State, performing solo. Her third record, tentatively titled Keep the Vibe Alive Again, will be released this September on Magic Marker Records.