Only Company XIV could make a sexy dance piece out of Bukowski

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Austin McCormick and Charles Bukowski may come from two completely different artistic backgrounds, but they have at least one thing in common — women are their muse.

And this month, the choreographer turns to the iconic poet for his own inspiration in the provocative “Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore,” a one-woman show starring Laura Careless.

Using movement, video, music, including pieces by Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and recordings of Bukowski reading his poems, the show explores the female archetypes present in the famous womanizer’s work (lover, muse, etc.), as well as tackling themes of voyeurism, sexuality and objectification.

Typically, the Carroll Gardens-based dance troupe has a strong baroque influence and over-the-top flair, so things should get interesting when it strips down — in more ways than one — to explore the women in Bukowski’s poetry. And with Careless, whom we loved in the company’s last production, “Nutcracker Rouge,” at the helm, you can’t go wrong.

“Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore.” at 303 Bond Street Theatre (303 Bond St. between Union and Sackett streets in Carroll Gardens, no phone), April 15-May 8, Fridays-Sundays at 8 pm. Tickets $30 for adults, $25 for students and seniors. For info, visit

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Henry from Park Slope says:
I think Bukowski would have hated this.
April 11, 2011, 9:42 am

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