Dad Rock

Dad Rock is an episodic solo performance with poems and movement that contemplates the relationships between personal information, media, surveillance, and United States remote violence.

The second in a triptych of works from Antigravity and Lead Artist poet-performer Kyle Dacuyan, this hybrid performance piece fuses dance, performance monologue, video collage, and drone music to contemplate the ways that our daily lives and comfort are inflected with realities of unseen violence in the name of national safety and security – and specifically how vastly torture and drone violence abroad are engrained in the architecture of American notions of truth, information and self-justification.

“Dad Rock” is a texture in the piece – musically, sonically, choreographically – because we’re interested in its seemingly benign manner; and in the space of performance, we look to queer this texture by reconsidering the layers of buddy-buddy, militaristic machismo we perceive as deeply connected to the aforementioned content. We consider “Dad Rock” to be an essentialized subgenre of “Classic Rock”; a subgenre that is decidedly male, Anglo, and American in spirit, featuring musicians from 1969-1989.

Kyle Dacuyan – Lead Artist, Poet and Performer

Michael T. Williams – Director

Kate Liebman – Video Designer

Michael Costagliola – Sound Designer and Composer

Phoebe Osborne – Choreographer

Antigravity Performance Project – Producer

The development of Dad Rock is made possible through a creative research grant from Georgetown University’s Office of the Provost, awarded to director Michael T. Williams.