Jane Comfort and Company’s An American Rendition offers unsettling yet humorous insight on the moral and political paralysis of American citizens, who even in the face of torture and humiliation remain distracted by reality television shows. Blending movement, integrated text, video and extended vocal techniques, the performance shifts between two worlds: the surface world, where pop culture enslaves the entertained masses, and the underworld, where a U.S. citizen is taken hostage in a secret prison while the rest of the nation frighteningly remains unaware. “(An American Rendition) is juxtaposing these two areas of what we call entertainment or activities and both are derived from humiliation,” comments Jefferson James, artistic director of the Contemporary Dance Theater. “On reality shows, we watch people be humiliated, and that’s really what torture is. Jane is making this comparison.” 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. $22-$27; $17 seniors/students.
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