Punk Yankees is a provocative and entertaining dance theater work that combines live performance, video, and the internet to unpack ideas about authenticity, originality, and the ownership of dance in the digital age. With the controversial nature of dealing with issues of intellectual property, the work takes on challenging topics including sampling, mash-ups, stylistic referencing, impersonation, unconscious theft, lineage, cultural appropriation, and ideas about “fair use” in dance.
Featured in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2010” for Best Commentary on Modern Technology by a Choreographer, “the fast-paced, witty Punk Yankees” is fundamentally paradoxical, tongue-in-cheek, subversive, and, best of all, great fun.”
Registration is available today! Virtual Dance Festival is also offering online dance classes and performances by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Company Wang Ramirez and Vertigo Dance Company.
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email including a link that will give you immediate access to all festival content, including Punk Yankees. These links will be active for one week (August 8) so you can watch at your own leisure.
Punk Yankees Excerpt - Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago (2012)