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Flash Review 2, 4-25: Queer Faerie
Heron's "Tender'" Heart
By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2001 Chris Dohse
Watching Scott Heron in "Tender,"
seen Friday night at Dixon Place, is like watching a hyperkinetic teenager who
has gotten into the sugar bowl. In a series of episodes, Heron's collage of song
and dance, a collaboration with musician Chris Cochrane, rummages through a Faerie
toychest with music and mayhem. You get the feeling that you're hanging out in
somebody's basement rec room, as the dynamic duo wrecks the room. This Queer vaudeville
ludic Dada is the kind of adrenaline melee that made the East Village famous,
before it became a frat house strip mall.
Heron begins by dancing a spastic
funky chicken in silence. His movement investigations proceed through a quasi-Flamenco
routine, a Shirley Bassey ballad, and other vignettes of manic faggotry. Cochrane
sometimes accompanies on guitar, sometimes punctuates the dances with musical
interludes. Basically the two of them fart around in the most delightful way,
exposing their sweet rumps, becoming caterwauling creatures, and transforming
a stage littered with detritus (paper hearts, tin cans, lemons) into an animated,
Chaplinesque circus. They've been friends a long time, and their camaraderie enriches
the shared space. If the viewer allows them to take him away, their abundance
of imagination remodels the ordinary. And Heron throws candy to the crowd during
Deborah Hay writes, in her book "Lamb
at the Altar," that Heron has "a heart like a jewel." In "Tender,"
he and Cochrane expose some of the facets of their respective jewels as places
just to the left of expectations, filled with gaiety.
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