Jude Landsman: So It Goes
Gabrielle DeCristofaro • August 21, 2016 • Boulder Fringe Festival •
The thread that runs throughout So It Goes is that of family. Comprised of multiple pieces of monologue, poetry recitation, song, prayer, and improvisation, and accompanied by dance and projected photography, Jude Landsman’s performance is heartfelt and enthusiastic. Dancing to a song called “Crossroads” by Taya Shere, she then changes into a two-piece black outfit with a full-body skeleton on it, in which she recites a monologue about getting into a car accident, one block away from picking up her five-year-old daughter from school. Lying in an intersection, the theme is less of regret, and more of unfinished business.
She speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement from the point of view of a parent, and about the conflicts in the Middle East, specifically Israel and Palestine, in regards to war, peace, and how hatred causes errors and lack of reflection. Despite the, at times, morbid topics and themes, there are moments in which we are invited to the celebration of life.
Landsman describes the piece as Vonnegut-inspired, and besides the seemingly non-chronological transitions, I didn’t see much Vonnegut. And while the pacing of these transitions was a little slow, the moments that Landsman is on stage are moving and intriguing. At times it is casual and conversational, allowing for genuine engagement by the audience. I would have liked to have seen more original writing, as most of her recitations were written by other people, but she did have a mastery of her subject matter. At any given moment, Landsman seemed truly happy to be sharing her piece with anyone coming to see it.
You can experience So It Goes by Jude Landsman at the Community Dance Collective