The Best Most Useless Dress by Claudia La Rocco available now

Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce the release of The Best Most Useless Dress by Claudia La Rocco. Widely known as an incisive critic for The New York Times and Artforum, Claudia La Rocco is also a poet and performer whose hybrid texts are as mercurial and imaginative as her criticism. The Best Most Useless Dress reveals the breadth and depth of La Rocco's work, encompassing a decade's worth of poetry, essays, performance texts and reviews. These writings explore how movement and rhythm—in time, through space, across bodies, on the page—engender experience itself. Jay Sanders, curator of performing arts at the Whitney, writes: “Claudia La Rocco’s impactful writing sketches its performing subjects in real time, depicting not only the character of work, but the conditions in which it collectively forms and exists. Here the spaces of New York performance and the spaces of critical writing reveal themselves anew.” The book includes an introduction by poet Elizabeth Robinson. The book is also illustrated with La Rocco’s photographs and notes from her collaborative work with choreographers. The enhanced ebook for Apple includes audio and video that La Rocco has made especially for the book. To celebrate the release, Badlands and The Kitchen will be presenting a book launch and reading on September 8th, 6pm, at The Kitchen. Stay tuned for more events and readings by La Rocco in New York and elsewhere. The Best Most Useless Dress: Selected Writings of Claudia La Rocco Paperback, 5 x 8 in. / 161 pgs / 16 black and white illustrations Ebook with multimedia content Publication date: September 2014