Blue Palm brings wacky comedy to Alpine County |

Blue Palm brings wacky comedy to Alpine County

Staff reports

Blue Palm, the dance/theater duo of Jackie Planeix and Tom Crocker, will perform their original work, “Millennium Stories,” a series of satiric, romantic and life-altering encounters in March in Alpine County.

The Alpine County Arts Commission will present the quirky skits related to and laughing at Y2K by one of America’s premiere funny couples. The show will take place on Saturday, March 4, at the Turtle Rock Park Community Building on Highway 89, just two miles north of Markleeville, at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket are $6 for adults, $3 for children and are available at the door.

The duo met when soloists with the Bejart Ballet. Crocker grew up in the Bay area, while Planeix was raised in France. They met at the MUDRA Arts Institute in Brussels, directed by French choreographer Maurice Bejart.

Since forming Blue Palm in the 1980s in L.A., they have gone from being dancers who use words to writers who use dance. They study human nature and, with a large dose of humor, portray the quest for truth and understanding in the idiosyncratic behavior of the dual American and French cultures they share.

“Millennium Stores” consists of vignettes beginning at midnight on Dec. 31, 1999. A lawyer, about to announce his engagement to the senior partner’s daughter, gets stuck in a Manhattan elevator with a very pregnant cleaning lady. At a mosque in Ankara, a women who gets her “religious philosophy from ‘The Lion King'” confronts an academic Muslim who wonders “why you Westerners call it the millennium and you expect the rest of the world to do the hokey-pokey.”

While in a telegraph office on the Normandy coast, a French woman and a British man mourn the death of dash-dot and the rise of dot-com. And two young lovers, one in Berkeley and one in Berlin, wax poetic on a limited vocabulary. These riffs will have you smiling at chaos, even yours.

For further information, call (530) 694-2787.