For a heroically flimsy and insubstantial video clip, here’s a performance of mine that took stamina: it’s a whole five seconds long. Centring on Danny Aiello as a detective, Dellaventura got cancelled after just one season—a resounding cancellation that I can proudly claim to have played a very small part in. This time, I didn’t get to say my usual few well-chosen words; I was cast as the strong, silent type, let’s say. But I did get to pout, while whisking a curtain open in a painfully chic fashion boutique in Soho, which was some consolation. The acting preparation beforehand required some detailed “Emotional Curtain-Whisking” work, of course.
(If you let the video-player just keep auto-repeating the five seconds, with full-screen enabled and the music volume raised, then it morphs from a cancelled TV show to a piece of video-art whose obsessive repetition may be helpful to zone out to, for someone who’s easing out of a bad trip—or it may make the bad trip worse, I’m not sure.)
I have fun memories of swishing and mincing around the boutique with its owner/empress, the venerable Hungarian designer Marianne Novobatzky, there on Mercer Street at Broome Street (now long gone, R.I.P.). IMDb listing here and Wikipedia page here. (05”)
(See video here.)