SHOW/TELL by Christine Shan Shan Hou

In an effort to represent diverse processes and means of reflection, Critical Correspondence asked poet and artist Christine Shan Shan Hou to submit responses to the work she is seeing according to her own creative practices.  This is part of our ongoing interest in soliciting alternative materials from the performance community highlighting the intrinsically subjective nature of creation and observation. This page will be updated often as a series in as many parts as can herein be contained.




Response to Trajal Harrell’s Judson Church Is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (M2M)

October 11-13, 2012 at Danspace Project

Trajal Harrell - Judson Church Is Ringing in Harlem - CC

Photo of Ondrej Vidlar, Thibault Lac, and Rob Fordeyn by Miana Jun



Response to DD Dorvillier’s Danza Permanente

September 26-30, 2012 at The Kitchen

Photo of Walter Dundervill, Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, and Naiara Mendioroz by Paula Court



Response to RoseAnne Spradlin’s beginning of something

September 26-29, 2012 at New York Live Arts

Photo: Ian Douglas Performers pictured: Rebecca Serrell Cyr (foreground); Natalie Green (background)




Response to Two Evenings with Carolee Schneemann

September 21-22, 2012 at Danspace Project


Untitled (after Carolee Schneemann) – gouache and collage on paper

7.25 x 8.25 inches

Untitled (after Carolee Schneemann)




Response to Brian Rogers’s Hot Box

September 13-15 and 17-22, 2012 at The Chocolate Factory

Photo of Madeline Best by Paula Court




Response to Clarinda Mac Low’s 40 Dancers do 40 Dances for the Dancers

September 13-15, 2012 at Danspace Project

Photo of Simone Forti by Ian Douglas



Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet, artist, and critic living in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include Accumulations (Publication Studio, 2010) and C O N C R E T E  S O U N D (Norte Maar, 2011), a collaborative artist’s book with Audra Wolowiec. Additional poems appear, or are forthcoming, inWeekday, EOAGH, Parallelograms, Bone Bouquet, and A Science. Awards include The Flow Chart Foundation/The Academy for American Poets and the Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship. In 2011, she completed a residency at Mount Tremper Arts in partnership with The Brooklyn Rail. She is currently the Managing and Program Director for iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance), and writes on performance for The Brooklyn Rail, The Performance Club, Hyperallergic Weekend, and Idiom.