Any Size Mirror is a Dictator

Photo by Robert Zott.

3 years of interdisciplinary processes theorizing that “any size mirror is a dictator.” A collaboration between Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff) and drearysomebody (Lindsey Drury).

Emphasizing and intentionally highlighting the paradoxes and problems that arise from attempts to reflect, we practice futile and tragic acts of construction. We play out inevitable decays of social groupings into fascistic systems as the result of any closed mirror for “a” culture, regardless of its methodology for closure.

Performances/processes during Governor’s Island Art Fair, chashama’s Harlem Art Factory Fest, at CORA dance, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, ISSUE: Project Room during the Movement Research Spring Festival, 2014, during AUNTS, at Flux Factory, Firehouse Space, and in sketch form as duo performances by Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle at IV Soldiers, Grace Exhibition Space, songs written for and through performance practices 2012-2014.

In culmination, 7 weeks of processes were performed at Momenta Art, September 5-October 19, 2014, all free and open to the public.

Opera Book:
Audio (unmastered):
Informational Video:


Nichols, James. “Any Size Mirror is a Dictator Dance-Opera Running in Brooklyn.”
The Huffington Post. September 30th, 2014

Cata, Li. “Closing Today: Holy Roughness// Acceptable Objectives for Watching This Opera.” Posture Magazine. October 19th, 2014

Ruder, Dave. “Why Make a Piece in the First Place?” You Coo Coo You Coo Coo Too Blog. October 13th, 2014

Alexander, Baxton. “Any Size Mirror is a Dictator is a Petri Dish.” Lepidopterism Blog.  October 13th, 2014

Barnacle, Jay. “This Opera Doesn’t Need You,” Hyperallergic. October 9th, 2014

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