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Miranda July Performs Her Work Onstage at the ICA

by Michael  Cox
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Thursday Sep 19, 2013
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"I was not familiar with Miranda July until I picked up this New Yorker with her story in it," said David Sedaris on the New Yorker fiction podcast, "and I felt like I was a different person when I finished reading the story."

When Sedaris bought her book he made certain to buy it as an audio book, because as he said, "She’s a great reader of her own work."

"I felt so completely mysteriously shaken up by it," continued Sedaris, "and I thought, ’How have I lived without Miranda July in my life?’"

Now New Englanders have the opportunity to see Miranda July perform her own work, live onstage, at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston.

She’ll be performing two different shows in one weekend: "Society" on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and "LOST CHILD!" on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater.

Independent film fans know July from her movies. She’s written, directed and acted in two feature films, including the award-winning critical hit of the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals "Me You and Everyone We Know" (2005) and the Boston Independent Film Festival feature "The Future" (2011). Television fans may know her from her cameo on "Portlandia".

"I felt so completely mysteriously shaken up by it," said David Sedaris, "and I thought, ’How have I lived without Miranda July in my life?’"

As a performer, writer, and filmmaker, Miranda July mines the banal and mundane elements of our lives for humor, lyrical beauty and surprising poignancy. Her work encompasses nearly every expressive platform, from filmmaking to writing to performance.

Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Harper’s, and in 2007 she released the collection "No One Belongs Here More Than You", praised by the New York Times as "funny and insightful, offering moments of utter heartbreak."

"Society" blends fiction and real life, intertwining the histories and talents of the audience with a startling chronicle of time, love, and group faith. On this very special one-off night, July will be debuting new material and playing with the limits of what is possible given two hours and a room full of strangers.

Part retrospective, part artist lecture, and part interactive performance, "Lost Child!" hilariously spans Miranda July’s extraordinary trajectory, from fledging artist in Portland, Oregon, to award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author.

Miranda July at the ICA, One Weekend, Two Different Shows
Society, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
LOST CHILD!, October 6 at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets are $30, $15 for members and students

100 Northern Avenue
For more information, call 617-478-3103
Or visit www.icaboston.org

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