Ali Castro

"Nothing Gold"
Artistic Discipline: Dance
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2020
Location: Clinton Hill

Described as “a group of fierce, funny, talented women" by Culturebot, cakeface is an all female-identifying dance company, now in its eleventh year. Threading together intricate choreography and original, abstract scripts, cakeface projects contemplate the uncomfortable through the use of grim themes and an inherently wry female wit. Empathy is the driving principle behind the company’s endeavors. As The Village Voice noted, cakeface “cast members, for their part, are nothing but talented, and are capable of getting into the minds of their audience with bitterly truthful life stories. Even better, they make you laugh along the way.”

“Nothing Gold” is a grimly humorous dance-theatre piece by cakeface that will be performed by a multi-generational, all-female cast at JACK in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn March 4-7, 2020. The piece examines aging: How we adapt as we mature and society changes around us. Nothing Gold, a nod to Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” adopts the philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect, and draws upon the aesthetic of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which involves repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. As a company of women who revere the aging population, they find the Kintsugi practice of treating breakage and repair as part of the history of an object rather than something to hide as inspiring and extremely relevant both culturally with respect to the perception of value, or lack of value, of the elderly as well as personally with respect to how each of us deal with the physical and psychological experience of aging.

cakeface will be creating and performing in this work alongside senior citizen special guests.