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Canto Contra Reagan
Nate Speare (originally in collaboration with PanTheatre)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30PM
161A Chrystie Street
Btwn Rivington & Delancey
F to 2ND AVE, B/D to GRAND, J/Z to BOWERY, 6 to SPRING, M to ESSEX
This show blends virtuosic performance and a deep engagement with lineages of tantric Buddhism, neopagan ritual, and astrology. Speare uses these lineages to confront how a desire to ‘belong’ leads young men to join right-wing groups and idealize powerful right-wing figures. Over the course of the performance, Ronald Reagan leads young Speare, as Virgil led Dante, down a tunnel of personal and national insecurity. Speare’s extended singing ranges evoke not only the subjective lament of a man in crisis, but also the plaintive cries of a nation begging for a ritualistic enactment--or collective purging--of its shadows.