Used Car Salesman – 2000
“A romp … for two reeling, cartwheeling and occasionally pugilistic fellows (who) mime a narrated text’s pitch about selling cars and winning their customers’ trust and money.” Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times. With equal doses of vaudeville, sales pitch and high kicks, the staging draws on the athletic and theatrical gifts of its two male performers.
Music for Used Car Salesman is by the contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty and was commissioned by the Ethos Percussion Ensemble, who accompanied its premiere in New York in 2000.
Tadej Brdnik and Maurizio Nardi will make their debut in Used Car on Battery’s 2002 Baltic Tour.
Hollander’s Used Car Salesman is just for fun, a duet for two flashily dressed characters who compete in deviousness. Dancers Bafana Solomon Matea and Sean Scantlebury deliver such playful sales pitches that viewers may be tempted to overlook some obvious irregularities – but let the buyer beware!
“…two reeling, cartwheeling and occasionally pugilistic fellows. They boxed, formed a two-man kick line and mimed a narrated text’s pitch about selling used cars and winning their customers’ trust and money.”
“Hollander shares with Paul Taylor and Martha Graham an uncanny ability to create a tongue-in-cheek parody of distinctly American characters.”