Author: Sara Lyons

In Performance: Jen Rosenblit & Geo Wyeth – Swivel Spot (The Kitchen)

A companion piece to Rosenblit’s Clap Hands, which ran most recently at the 2017 American Realness festival, Swivel Spot continues Rosenblit’s line of performative inquiry into pairing and relationships, and marks a new collaboration between Rosenblit and music/performance/installation artist Geo Wyeth. Comprised of gently accumulating scored movement punctuated by surprising turns of music and in...

Interview with Jen Rosenblit: Performing Process and Problematics

Jen Rosenblit has been making performance in New York City since 2005. Her Bessie Award-winning work questions intimacy inside of problematic spaces, uniting choreographies, text, and design towards philosophical quandaries. Her work has been commissioned by The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace, and others, and she has been a resident artist with Movement Research, LMCC, and others. Clap Hand...

In Performance: Nicola Gunn, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017)

  Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017) Nicola Gunn Jan 11 – 8:30pm Jan 12 – 8:30pm Jan 13 – 7:30pm Jan 14 – 5pm The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LaMaMa – 66 East 4th Street, NY NY Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is Australian performer Nicola Gunn’s subversively funny moral quandry-turned-solo show. At the outset, Gunn recounts directly to us a true story: once in the not-too-...

In Performance: Anatomy Theater (Prototype 2017)

Anatomy Theater (Prototype 2017) New York City Premiere January 7, 8 and 10-14 at 8 PM Composer: David Lang Librettists: Mark Dion & David Lang Director: Bob McGrath Conductor: Christopher Rountree It is sometime in the nineteenth century, somewhere in the western hemisphere. Upon entering the theater I am declared a “surgeon” and led to a lantern-lit holding room where other so-called surgeon...

In Performance: Jen Rosenblit, Clap Hands (American Realness 2017)

CLAP HANDS Jen Rosenblit Jan 6-10, 2017 Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater Metal bleachers line the walls of the Abrons Experimental Theater at the top of Clap Hands, the latest movement-text mashup from creator Jen Rosenblit. With only a breath of separation between audience and performers, and bathed in designer Elliott Jenetopulos’s diffuse white light, the room is part theater, part gym,...

In Performance: GHOST RINGS by Tina Satter/Half Straddle

At the top of GHOST RINGS, the latest from Brooklyn-based company Half Straddle, director and playwright Tina Satter walks onstage, grabs the mic, and introduces herself. For years, she explains, she has been creating plays about her sister. This time, she wanted to do something different, so she created a band and learned to play the drums. Then she remembered that she was in a band once before, ...

In Performance: Gray Spaces (Special Effects)

SFX’s one-night grab bag of discourse-in-performance, GRAY SPACES features new works engaging contemporary questions of technology, identity, ritual, and more by an impressive lineup of emerging performance makers. “Gray” is the operative word of the evening–these artists and their work exist explicitly in the liminal, exposing new performativities between the embodied and mediated, performe...

In Performance: Destruction (American Realness)

In Destruction, composer and countertenor M. Lamar floats into the intimate Underground Theatre at Abrons Arts Center to the sound of death bells, draped in a black leather coat. With an androgynous, otherworldly presence reminiscent of Prince or Bowie, his haunting voice shepherds us into a vortex of grief and suffering. Drawing inspiration from Negro spirituals, Lamar has paired his dark origina...

In Performance: Durch Nacht Und Nebel (American Realness)

Yvonne Meier is a veteran downtown performance artist–she has been performing in New York City since she left Zurich, Switzerland in 1979 and made work at P.S. 122 in its infancy. In the U.S. premiere of Durch Nacht Und Nebel (that’s “By Night And Fog”), she really does feel like a seasoned pro, the wizened anti-mother of American Realness. Nearly naked in powerful ownership of her middle-ag...

In Performance: Yesterday Tomorrow (COIL)

In the remarkably elegant Yesterday Tomorrow, director Annie Dorsen has created a poignant meditation on what it means to be present, particularly in our contemporary screen-obsessed world.  The third in Dorsen’s trilogy of algorithmic theatre pieces, Yesterday Tomorrow tasks three extraordinary singers in sight reading an algorithm-driven journey from the songs “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney to “T...

In Performance: #negrophobia (American Realness)

#negrophobia / JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO ABRONS ARTS CENTER Underground Theater 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, United States FRI JAN 8, 5:30 PM SAT JAN 9, 8:30 PM SUN JAN 10, 5:30 PM MON JAN 11, 8:30 PM Running time: 75 minutes Tickets: Ticket Price: $20 Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s #negrophobia is a performance, a provocation, an autobiography, an outcry, and a lesson to all (particularly the white folks...