Marissa Niederhauser

Most of us have a trophy stashed somewhere, recognition of time spent on a soccer team or at a chess tournament. Marissa Niederhauser is looking at darker versions of the term in Trophy, a performance event examining gender stereotypes and “identity erosion.” From the relatively benign idea of the trophy wife to gruesome images of female dismemberment, this evening of dance, film, and theater gets progressively more disturbing until it climaxes in a sleepover with a Hitchcock film festival. Niederhauser’s capacity to appear physically strong but emotionally fragile brings a fresh intensity to classic issues of male/female relationships -- it’s a tableau vivant of spousal abuse. SANDRA KURTZ

Sat., Sept. 24, 7:45 p.m., 2011

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