A Movie Star Needs A Movie
Choreography and Text: Jack Ferver
Performers: Jack Ferver & Liz Santoro
Film and Photography: Jason Akira Somma
Costumes: Reid Bartelme
Music: Sebastian Tellier & Chris Lancaster
A Movie Star Needs A Movie is a darkly satirical new work by Jack Ferver about the relationship between shallow ambition and fame. As Ferver and performer Liz Santoro explore themes of self exploitation and cavort for attention, spectators enable the spectacle and, through their attendance, validate the thesis. This work critically engages the tricky issue of culpability in a viewer’s gaze and the inescapable self mythologies that emerge when calling oneself an artist (i.e., the performance of identity). With every emotional nuance enlarged to grotesque proportions and projected onto a wall via live-feed, Ferver approaches these concerns head-on and without shame, challenging you to watch and daring you to look away.
2010 Théâtre de Vanves. Vanves, France
2010 Abrons Art Center. American Realness. New York, New York.
2009 *The New Museum. New York, New York.
A Movie Star Needs A Movie premiered at The New Museum in 2009 and returned as part of American Realness at Abrons Art Center in 2010. A Movie Star Needs A Movie was originally developed with a commission from The New Museum as part of the RE:NEW RE:PLAY residency series, curated by Travis Chamberlain.