Rita Felciano | SF
Bay Guardian | July 12, 2006
Erika Shuch is a Bay Area wild child. She is running, always.
Where to? She
probably doesn't know.
she usually ends up in some unusual places. She'll step
on a crack just to see whether it will break her back. She'll
search for other universes in the smallest existing particles.
contemplate the ways love and cannibalism feed off each
In her latest piece, Orbit (notes from the edge of forever),
she is really stepping out. Last fall, she discussed extraterrestrial
life during a packed panel discussion at the Intersection
for the Arts. A rough head count showed that a good 80 percent
the audience believed that ETs exist, about a third had
encountered something otherwordly, and the vast majority thought
was an intelligence guiding life. Wow. Orbit examines that
for connection between us and whatever — if anything — is "out
there." While the questions that form the basis for
all of Shuch's works are always, at the very least, intriguing,
ability to shape them makes her the artist she is. Fortunately
for her, she has been able to hang on to the same team of
dancers, musicians, and designers who have made her previous
and so often theatrically compelling. (Rita Felciano)
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