“MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS” is inspired by the classic 2004 indie romantic comedy “Garden State.” It is a gleeful pop­culture mashup featuring 90’s female singer­songwriter karaoke, athletic dance ­breaks, and plenty of dialogue from the film itself. Imagine if Zach Braff directed Zooey Deschanel in a psychedelic Fleetwood Mac music video, and Dido and Jewel were interns. It is one hour trip through precise dance breaks, karaoke, fantasies, inflatables, desires, femininity and tropes of the dancer and the dream girl. The work is an absurd prance through the pretend world of the “manic pixie dream girl,” to satirize the term coined by Nathan Rabin in 2005 to describe "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” The work is a non-linear and non-narrative in structure with very little text.

The first excerpt of "MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS" was performed at Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend at The Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto 

The second excerpt of "MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS" was performed at Spring Movement at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. 

Choreography Alyssa Martin 

Dramaturgy David Bernstein 

Performers Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Josh Doig, Samantha Grist, Natasha Poon Woo with Kaleb Horn 

New York Excerpt Performers Drew Berry, Samantha Grist, Adrienne Lipson and Natasha Poon Woo 

Costume Design Kelsey Wilson 

Lighting Design Noah Feaver 

Stage Management Christopher Brackett 

Fish by Emily Butters 

Music & Text Bee Gees, Bjork, Carly Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Grimes, Jewel, Kesha, Rihanna, STARFIN, Zach Braff 

Photos by E.S. Cheah

AWARDS: Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Best Ensemble

©2016 Alyssa Martin

The 2017 production of MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS is funded generously by the Toronto Arts Council.