Invasion of the New Grrrl Order

April 25, 2012

The Terrace of the Long Center
Directed by Allison Orr with Musical Direction by Emily Marks
Live Music by the Coathangers with DJ Mahealani 
Commissioned by the Fusebox Festival
Inspired by the Riot Grrrl and women’s punk movement, Invasion of the New Grrrl Oder featured 100+ teen and pre-teen girls in an outdoor performance on the grounds and terrace of the Long Center to kick off the 2012 Fusebox Festival. Accompanied by the celebrated punk band The Coathangers and Austin-based DJ Mahealani, the performance featured original poetry and performances by the participating girls. The dance concluded with a grand finale to Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl after which the girls reveled in smashing 100 homemade paper mache guitars.
Listed as a Top 10 Dance of 2012 by the Austin Chronicle. Reviewer Jonelle Seitz writes, “Allison Orr’s sweaty crush of girl-rockers and disparate groups thwarted attempts to approach it from a single perspective.”
“To kick off Fusebox 2012, choreographer Allison Orr (of Trash Project renown) recruited a slew of girls to rock out with The Coathangers on the Long Center lawn for a performance called Invasion of the New Grrl Order. The result was cute, messy, and interesting with regard to context: Doting parents wielding iPhones to capture their daughters’ 15 minutes (see Fame, below) likely had a different experience than those who came for the grunge-punk and performance art. If you straddled both perspectives, the girls were sweet and alien, powerful and bratty. I was struck by how American these grrls were.” – Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle