Michelle Ellsworth: Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome

June 19 & 21, 2015

Friday at 8p and Sunday at 3p
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057


“Cheerfully wacky … both hypothetical and very real.” —The New York Times

In an inventive and humorous unscripted live performance, Michelle Ellsworth prepares audiences for the end of men. Her “man archive”—a vast compendium of science, non-science, procedures and possibilities—provides the foundation for a hyper-linked tour through the modern mind and the future of our species. Committed both to conservation and archival efforts, Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome employs web technology, choreography and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT to ask a random sampling of humans what it might mean if, as some scientists have predicted, men disappear from the scene. Under the steady watch of her male gaze simulator, Ellsworth demonstrates her one-of-a-kind replacement apparati, shares her idiosyncratic research and works to expand an inventory of artifacts that may just become irreplaceable.

Presented in association with Bootleg Theater.

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BWLogoLACACMade possible with generous support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Michelle Ellsworth, Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome, 2015. Photo: Ian Douglas, courtesy of American Realness.

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Michelle Ellsworth is a dancer, choreographer, video maker, writer, cartoonist and web designer. In her often humorous and always thought-provoking performances, Ellsworth combines dance with technology, creating performable websites that exist as independent sites as well as live pieces. She is a 2013 Creative Capital and New England Foundation for the Arts’ NDP Grantee and a 2011 United States Artists Knight Fellow and has performed at venues throughout the United States including Jacob’s Pillow, P.S 122, Dance Theater Workshop, On the Boards, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and The American Realness Festival in New York. She has performed and taught at Brown University, Columbia College, Naropa University, The University of Costa Rica, the University of Colorado, and in Ireland. Her drawings and spreadsheets have been published in CHAIN and her screen dances have been seen around Europe and throughout the U.S.