As the 1990s wunderkinder arrive at midlife, their preoccupations change even as their creative chops ripen. Actor-dancer David Neumann, son of experimental performers Frederick Neumann and Honora Fergusson, lost them both in 2012, one before and one soon after Hurricane Sandy. His meditation on death and disaster, I Understand Everything Better, combines personal detail with traditional Japanese Noh theater and Neumann’s own idiosyncratic movement, supported by members of his Advanced Beginner Group and a clutch of first-rate collaborators, including playwright Sibyl Kempson, sound designer Tei Blow, and set designer Mimi Lien, plus lights and video by Chloë Z. Brown and Christine Shallenberg, respectively. How to prepare? Maybe read King Lear.
April 15-25, 8 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2015