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Press cuttings:

A SLIGHT HEADACHE
"Pou has devised a concept rich in metaphorical and mythological resonance…"
"the vision that under girds the event is prodigious."
"an amazing job of re-creating these now-extinct (19th century) institutions"
--Village Voice

"There is originality and lyricism in Pou’s writing…"
--Backstage

"Drawing on a fusion of history, dream and imagination, and on her visual and performing skills, Pou transforms herself into a woman who births a daughter from her head (and) plays both roles… the transformation is simple and astonishing"
"…shadow puppets haunt the tiny stage, building detail into a story of magical powers and mythic dimension."
"Bauman directs this remarkable undertaking with a sure hand."
--Metro News

INTERVIEW WITH ALYSON POU, "A SLIGHT HEADACHE"
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Press Quotes of Past Works by Alyson Pou

TO US AT TWILIGHT
“Pou’s well-timed performance told stories: stories about women in her family; stories about the women represented by the black dresses on the walls; eccentric stories; funny stories; stories that made me and others around me teary-eyed.”
- Elizabethe Lide, Art Papers

“The performance and the installation are eerie and captivating, exhibiting what my companion called ‘that slight cast of perversion you get when you mate the artificial with the organic….
A lot of thought has gone into every detail, much care into the execution of dresses and the task-oriented performance…. The result is a marriage of exquisite craftsmanship with natural, down-home speech patterns and movement, of black silk crepe with ginkgo leaves and tangled vines.”
- Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

“For years Pou has explored women’s relationships, the sensuality beneath the surface of ‘woman as sex object’ and the power and self knowledge in that sensuality. In To Us at Twilight, she also explored women’s power to create, to literally give birth and to destroy themselves and others: the sticky and awkward moments. These genealogical explorations are striking metaphors of women’s collective history.”
- Jerri Allyn, High Performance

BLACK ROCKS, PEARL BUTTONS
“A mixture of humor, nostalgia, and quirky, obscure relics from the artist’s past made the evening a universal, emotive experience.”
- Candice Bennett, The Source

“The visual art is, in a modest, delicate way, quite wonderful. Pou has an eye, a palette, a consistent coherent vision; her domain is worth a visit.”
- Tobi Tobias, The Village Voice

“Pou’s performance piece illuminated her gallery work, focusing on her own life and another assortment of personal items and idiosyncratic acquisitions charged with the power of memory and association.”
- Calvin Reid, Reid me

THE JUNIPER TREE
“…the piece has the powerful simplicity of simple actions performed slowly and deliberately. There is a compelling stillness at the center of The Juniper Tree…”
- Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

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