WHISTLEBLOWER

For Mark Dendy—writer, director and choreographer of Whistleblower—our distractions and distance from the Manning controversy prove beneficial. His project succeeds as a rough, fanciful patchwork—a little song and dance, a little Brecht and Kafka, and a lot of alarming video straight out of cyberspace and the American Id.
— Eva Yaa Asantewaa TIME OUT NYC

WHISTLEBLOWER was commissioned by DIXON PLACE and co-produced by Mark Dendy and Stephen Donovan. It received it’s world premiere at DIXON PLACE, NYC in September 2015.

WHEN LIFE SUCKS JUST BLOW - Stephen Donovan

Though Manning’s case already feels like history in some ways, Dendy reminds us that its personal and political meanings are still urgent
— Lauren Wingenroth BROADWAYWORLD.COM
The dancing is visceral and athletic.
— Alexis Soloski THE NEW YORK TIMES

WHEN THE WORLD SUCKS JUST BLOW! Chelsea Manning WHISTLEBLOWER - The world premiere of a radical new dance theater work set inside the mind of WHISTLEBLOWER Bradley/Chelsea Manning as (s)he awaits court-martialing & sentencing after leaking state secrets.who/what/where/when Bessie and Obie Award Winning choreographer Mark Dendy's latest work Whistleblower takes place in the mind of Chelsea Manning at the moment of her sentencing in a controversial trial in which she was found guilty of espionage for leaking proof of US war crimes.

WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Mark Dendy

CHOREOGRAPHED by Mark Dendy in collaboration with the company

ORIGINAL MUSIC by Heather Christian

LYRICS by Mark Dendy

CAST Christopher Bell, Liv Bruce, Mark Dendy, Stephen Donovan, Rebecca Lubart and Mei Yamanaka

Even though Dendy is a choreographer, the dancing in Whistleblower is intermittent and incidental to the overall effect of the project. Costuming, set design (both brilliantly and pointedly executed by Stephen Donovan), videos (also produced by Mr. Donovan) of everything from deserts to battles to porn, and, in particular, words (many of Chelsea Manning’s) plus transcript excerpts from the trial, all trump the choreography. It didn’t matter that this wasn’t a “ballet.” It was a well-intentioned, vivid work of total theater.
— Joel Benjamin THEATERSCENE.NET