Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
December 5, 2010
Closing:
December 19, 2010

Theater: La MaMa E.T.C. / 74A East Fourth Street, New York, NY, 10003

Synopsis: 

Conceived, directed and choreographed by John Kelly, Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte is an ensemble work for five performers.

The piece employs dance combined with film, onstage drawing, and recorded and live vocal music to contemplate the nature, circumstances and process of Schiele's creative genius. The film sections are by Anthony Chase, lighting design by Stan Pressner and props and furniture by the late Huck Snyder.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Egon Schiele Seen From Many Angles

    Ben Brantley

    December 13, 2010: Egon Schiele is dancing with himself again. The Viennese Expressionist artist — who died in 1918 but has been regularly reincarnated by the American performance artist John Kelly — can once more be found performing an angular pas de trois with two mirror images at the Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa. And if you haven’t ever seen Egon and his Alter Egons (that’s what they’re called), you have missed one of the sweetest testaments to artistic self-involvement ever staged.

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  • AFTERELTON REVIEW OF Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Mitch Montgomery

    December 7, 2010: The key events in Viennese painter Egon Schiele's short life may easily fit on a cue card, but it seems that his work's aesthetic and detached eroticism can be endlessly expounded upon without ever saying a word. Known for his gnarled, twisty figure work and some pornography charges, the early-20th-century expressionist is the subject of John Kelly's acclaimed "Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte," which returns to La MaMa after 15 years.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Dan Bacalzo

    December 6, 2010: Sharp, angular movements characterize much of the choreography within John Kelly's Obie Award-winning dance-theater piece, Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte, now being revived at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre. The visually arresting performance is based on the life and work of Austrian painter Egon Schiele, an early 20th century Expressionist.

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  • NEW YORK MAGAZINE REVIEW OF Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Scott Brown

    December 19, 2010: About a quarter-century ago, the unclassifiable performance artist John Kelly—trained dancer, untrained singer, an exuberant collagist but a scrupulous avoider of camp—debuted a nearly wordless multimedia show based on the life and art of the pioneering Expressionist painter Egon Schiele. He’s performing it again, for the final time, and I’d recommend you take a look, even if the title sounds like a joke to you, an Onion-headline version of performance art at its most obtuse.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte

    Stunning Egon trip doesn't paint full picture

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    December 7, 2010: Sausage, anybody? Actually, John Kelly's "Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte" has nothing to do with meat products and everything to do with Austrian painter Egon Schiele.

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