I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
Jill Rousseau is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, whose movement-based work is funny, feminist, and unpredictable. Her solo The Best Time I Broke My Arm, created soon after she really did break her arm, was called one of the highlights of the 2014 Performance Mix Festival at HERE Arts Center by the NY Theatre Wire. In 2017, the play she directed, The Big No was named Best Play of the Week at the Players’ Theatre Short Play Festival. Jill’s artistic home is the Tank, where as the dance curator she created the unique series xyz nyc, presented evening-length work by a wide range of emerging artists, performs her own work, and is a member of the Board of Directors. Jill has danced, choreographed, and/or created costumes for many independent artists and productions in NYC, including Reverend Billy, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, Emmy-award winner Moira Demos, Leyya Tawil/Dance Elixer, The Whitest Kids U’Know, Bond St Theatre, Deb Silver, and The Move Shop. She earned a BA in Theater and Dance from Trinity College and attended the Trinity/La MaMa program.
My currently untitled piece explores the very real intersection between multi-level marketing schemes and the mothers they ensnare by asking the absurd question, “What if motherhood itself were an MLM?” Through this preposterous high-pressure sales pitch, I will explore the alienating experience of modern motherhood and how it relates to capitalism and community.