Nate Yaffe

SLippery SLit

Nate Yaffe

Photo by Eve Stainton

Audio Recording of SLippery SLit:

Call in (numbers below) at:

3pm & 9pm EST for English
4pm & 10pm EST en français

touch the wood. which tree did it come from? touch yourself.

feel your sinus gasp open. nobody chooses their body. leave your self, don’t look back. great job. you are very good at this.

…I’ve been waiting for your call for so long. the air between us sizzles, our mouths perched above the receivers.

I want you to move with me. no one cares what it looks like anymore, it feels good to be forgotten. just follow my breath. your house, your rules; you can’t be wrong. I’m proud of you. you’re doing great.

Call me here at 929-436-2866 or toll free at 833-548-0276 (use webinar ID 891 8894 6512) and I’ll talk to you. relieve yourself from your intelligent thoughts. You deserve it. Come with me and we’ll move beyond.

SLippery SLit is a new telephone performance by Nate Yaffe to incite intimate dances within. Please dial in from anywhere you’d like to join this group call. It is recommended that you use headphones, perhaps bluetooth, and that you find a place where you can be alone, no eyes on you.

The performance lasts 30 minutes.

This work was created as part of the 14th edition of OFFTA, live art festival (Montreal).

Nate Yaffe is an American experimental dance, theatre and video artist, based in Montreal who researches queer strategies to create relational choreographic structures, placing performance as fundamentally a social exchange. His tactile dances are an attempt to dismantle movement shame by un-correcting the self-censored body.

Nate initiated and curates the residency series, This is actively built, which brings together queer artists to attack the question ‘what is queer dance?’ challenging the classic residency structure by restituting the artists’ autonomy to allow a cross-pollination of  knowledge and practices.

He is a member of the cooperative dance company Je suis Julio, which develops community-centred alternatives for being a dance artist in the face of an uncertain future of global capitalism and ecological collapse.

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Facebook: Nate Yaffe + Je suis Julio
Instagram: @nateyaffe + @jesuisjulio

the_johnsons 00:11:56 (2014)

“Suzy,” he said, urgently, “should we call someone?”

The surveillance camera never blinks. Malicious or benign? From the sidewalk, the TV set makes blocky shadows dance across the wall, blue, drowning the figures frozen on the sofa with it’s soft strobe. What is seen can never be unseen. It’s got everyone talking, everyone knows.


Producer, Direction and Photography | Elisha Yaffe
Choreography, Editing and Sound | Nate Yaffe
Performance | Nate Yaffe, Chelsea Yarnell, Mary-Kate Martin, Elisha Yaffe

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