“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.
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
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.
The 2017 production of MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS is funded generously by the Toronto Arts Council.
©2016 Alyssa Martin