Deborah Jinza Thayer creates dance theater that is both smart and architecturally sound. This time out, she unites politics and patterns of greed and hierarchy with provocative visual installations to take on four dilemmas of an “advanced” nation—with original live music to boot. “Meet the Nation” translates the political machine into a hive-like hoop structure and culminates in debate gibberish, while “All That Glitters” tackles our instinctual attraction to shiny objects of desire. If all this sounds a bit heady, Thayer is known for work that delivers a visceral punch. Take “Bizarre Mating Ritual,” a species-bending work that plays out in a forest of toy baby limbs.Linda Shapiro
Choreographer Deborah Jinza Thayer recently visited South Beach, Florida, the glitzy playground for the rich and famous—and found inspiration for All That Glitters, premiering in early October at the Southern Theater. Thayer had been considering a work about aging when she noticed the women wearing “little shorts, dippy tops, and heels” and conspicuous “bling” while displaying their latest plastic surgery results. “It’s not just superficial,” observes Thayer in a recent interview. “It’s profoundly disturbing.”By Caroline Palmer
With Deborah Jinza Thayer, you know youre going to get a spectacle. Women romping in shreds of glitter wrap, women bouncing around in a forest of plastic baby limbs, women squawking in imitation of politicians while wearing a sort of spinning hula hoop hive contraption that you would just have to see to understandalways women, and always a situation of equal parts verve and cringe, attraction and repulsion. Thayer has an original vision, certainly; shes one of those artists compelled to lift up the edges of things, and what she uncovers is worth looking at.Lightsey Darst- October 8, 2007
Now this sounds intriguing. Deborah Jinza Thayer, who creates theatrical, movement-based performances that investigate space (her company is Movement Architecture), is celebrating Twin Cities art icon Douglas Padilla with two weekends of work. Titled “Dougieland 60 in Seven Dances,” the performances are both a tribute to and a collaboration with Padilla, who’s turning 60 years of age this year.Camille LeFevre- Sept 15, 2009
Choreographer and dancer Deborah Jinza Thayer explains the philosophy behind her dance company, Movement Architecture, specifically her choreography and concepts for My Little Cyborg and Ode to Dolly, for which she received a 2010 Sage Award for Outstanding Concept and Design.