Ga(y)ze, a collaboration with Toronto-based scenographer and installation artist Troy Hourie, tackled the world of gay male “cruising” in the early 1900s compared to contemporary times in the form of a site-specific performance installation.  

In the 1920s, 14th Street just east of Union Square, known then as the Rialto, was originally the theatre district and the center of gay culture. This devised, non-verbal work used vernacular jazz and social dance of the 1920s (Lindy Hop, Charleston), to tell the story of gay subculture within New York City past and present and featured choreography by Caleb Teicher. The piece premiered as part of NYU’s Forum on Site-Specific Performance in April 2015.

I have collaborated on over 300 shows now and I think I will always remember this as one of the most gratifying experiences in my career.
— Troy Hourie, co-creater

C R E D I T S:

Joe Salvatore & Troy Hourie (co-creators), Caleb Teicher (choreography), Keith R. Huff (online extension), Sarah Misch (dramaturgy), Márion Talán (costumes), and James Daniel Moran (production coordination). Performers: Tim Abrahamsen, Brannon Boswell, Andy Geary, Jerimiah Owens, and Maxwell Perkins. Photography by Mary Christensen and Keith R. Huff