A very short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of June 23, 2019.
The Shay Ishii Dance Company again stages its brilliant collection of reconstructions, restagings and reimaginings of the masterworks of early modern dance pioneers like Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Erick Hawkins. Produced with more contemporary technology, “Dancestry” proves how bold and contemporary such choreographic groundbreakers really were.
June 29-30, Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, thelongcenter.org
“High Crimes: The Impeachment of the Worst President in U.S. History”
Get in on the creative development of new theater as the Rude Mechs hold open rehearsals for their latest devised work, an examination of the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Drop by between 7 and 9 p.m. June 24 and 26, Crashbox, 5305 Bolm Road. rudemechs.com/events/highcrimes
Reading: Polly Rosenwaike, “Look How Happy I’m Making You”
The women in Polly Rosenwaike’s debut story collection want to be mothers, or maybe they aren’t sure they want to be mothers.
7 p.m. June 25, Book People,
Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings. And Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed aesthetically audacious films, including a 1984 documentary on Gaudí that’s a stunning visual poem.
June 25 & 29, Austin Film Society Cinema, austinfilm.org/screening/antonio-gaudi-2/
Who doesn’t want a wonderful little dark comedy in the heat of summer. In Lucas Hnath’s latest, Maxine has weeks to live — and she thinks her daughter is paying her nurse to make sure she dies before new, higher inheritance taxes kick in after the first of the year. Maxine is wrong — but she offers the nurse a good chunk of change to keep.
June 27-July 27, Hyde Park Theatre, http://hydeparktheatre.org/site/index.html
“Mathieu Grenier: Expanded Nomenclature”
Mathieu Grenier deconstructs photography focusing instead on the modes of photographic capture and the presentation of the image.
Opening: 7 to 9 p.m. June 29. Exhibit continues through July 14. Grayduck Gallery, grayduckgallery.com