Author: Ben Gansky

In Performance: Alessandro Sciarroni’s FOLK-S, will you still love me tomorrow? at New York Live Arts/Crossing the Line

Performing through Saturday, October 3rd at New York Live Arts (co-presented by the Crossing the Line festival) Alessandro Sciarroni’s FOLK-S, or will you love me tomorrow? is spellbinding, exhaustive, and ultimately invigorating. Proceeding from simple terms—a straightforward if aerobic folk dance from Sciarroni’s native Italy along with a pronouncement towards the beginning of the piece that the...

Interview with Ant Hampton: representation, participation, and physicality

As a vector of performance, participation has risen in prominence over the last fifty to sixty years to become one of the key concepts in contemporary performance practices. Ant Hampton exemplifies an approach to participation that depends on subtlety, rigor, and imagination. In 2007 he and Silvia Mercuriali were working together as Rotozaza when they coined the term autoteatro. From Rotozaza’s we...

In Performance: Half Straddle’s Ancient Lives at The Kitchen (NYC)

In Tina Satter’s newest flickeringly emotional landscape a high school elocution teacher, Paula, (Elevator Repair Service veteran Lucy Taylor) absconds to the woods with three devoted students, where they establish their utopia. There they encounter Morris (Jess Barbagallo), a male witch (or tiny warlock?) who introduces them to the world of broadcast media. Our friends in the woods communicate la...

In Performance: Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE at PS122’s COIL Festival

Putting James Turrell’s immaculate neon-and-fog aesthetic through a glitched-out performance art blender, Andrew Schneider’s latest virtuoso display of light and sound athleticism is a breakneck tour of quantum physics theory with a sudden and decisive turn toward the supernatural. Schneider (who recently left his post as a performer and designer at The Wooster Group) performs with an assurance an...

In Performance: Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s The Art of Luv (Part 1) at Under the Radar Festival’s Incoming! Series

  Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble is a “musical priesthood” composed of Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, dedicated to exploring “the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship at the end of the 20th century.” Operating from within an aesthetic territory of 1970s instructional videos, New Age music, home movies, and kitsch, glossed with metallic gold paint, ROKE’s performances are fram...

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