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Opportunities: Call For Artist Proposals – RECESS 2013-2014 (NYC)

Session invites artists to use one of two flexible spaces in Soho and Red Hook, New York, to realize long-term projects that take advantage of a built-in public audience. Though similar to a residency program, Session goes beyond the traditional structure to provide resources and facilitate interactions between artist and audience throughout the creative process. Sessions last 6-12 weeks. Applications will be used to fill Sessions spring 2013 – summer 2014. To apply please visit Recess’s Application Page here recessactivities.org/play/apply. Next application deadline: March 15, 2013 11:59pm. About Recess Recess is an artists’ workspace that is open to the public. Recess facilitates every-day interactions between artists and audiences in order to promote the productive space of ...

Feature: Thomas Albrecht

I first met Thomas Albrecht last year at the LEXLAKLOU – an International Live Arts Kongress in Kentucky.   A year out from LEXLAKLOU and as the Lexington Art League gets ready to launch its performance art exhibition, APPROACH, I wanted to check in with Thomas and get some of his reflections about his time in the Bluegrass. Thomas Albrecht’s performances explore ritual and language in public spaces, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. His current projects involve duration and elements of absurdist theater, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. He has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, and has initiated unscheduled interventions on sidewalks in multiple U.S. cities; his interactions with local police hav...

First Person: Brett Bailey and Berliner Festspiele (Berlin, Germany)

Earlier this month I saw a piece by South African Artist Brett Bailey and it continues to disturb me so I reckon it’s time to blog about it. The piece, part of the Berliner Festspiele Foreign Affairs festival, is a work titled Exhibit B and recreates the unthinkable “human zoos” of the 18th and 19th century with teh intent of shining a light on the ruin of colonialism across Africa. It took place in the eerie, beautiful, catacombs of the Kleiner Wasserspeicher, an ancient water tower, now haunting art gallery and performance space. The brick bunker of the Kleiner Wasserspeicher, built beneath a hill, has petal shaped rooms that curve into one another. The space is cold and dark, but was breathtakingly lit for this production. The rooms were fashioned as museum installations and spect...

Featured: Rae Goodwin (Kentucky, USA)

Kentucky is known for a lot of things (smooth bourbon, fast horses, beautiful women).  But, let’s face it, contemporary art isn’t really one of them.  That is rapidly changing.    Over the next few months, I will introduce you to some of the artists and organizations who are dedicated to performance and are helping to shape the conversation far beyond the borders of the Bluegrass state. Meet Rae Goodwin. Rae Goodwin’s work in performance, photography, and sculpture examines aspects of family history as it influences the construction of identity, as well as gender-based assumptions about freedom, the unknown and nature. Using ironic humor, repetitive methods and suggestive materials, she challenges her own concepts of identity, family, gender and society and invite viewers to examine their ...

Video: CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark ‘s Open For Everything

OPEN FOR EVERYTHING is a travel through the stagnation of Roma communities in Europe to whom chances to work like any other citizen are rather low, where itinerant traditions have been replaced by sedentary life beside the uprootedness of the group of dancers that move around the world following working opportunities. Since 2010 Macras has been researching the different ways of life, dance styles and music of the Roma in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In the course of this work she has brought together a large ensemble comprising Roma musicians and performers, amateurs of different ages, and dancers from her company DorkyPark to perform in her new show OPEN FOR EVERYTHING. It is with great aplomb that these very different people recount their lives and their dreams, their despai...

In Performance: Fitzgerald & Stapleton’s Wage (NYC)

Abrons Arts Center presents   Fitzgerald & Stapleton  WAGE   September 18-23, 2012 | 8pm  Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 Tickets available at www.abronsartscenter.org Female-identified $12, Male-identified $15 – Very limited seating Fitzgerald & Stapleton present the world premiere of WAGE. Transforming the Underground Theater into a shamanic space of solace and redemption WAGE is dedicated to the memory of relationships that perished in its making and a tribute to those that survived.  Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics tell us that in 2010, women who worked full time in wage and salary jobs had median weekly earnings of $669. This represented 81% of men’s median weekly earnings at $824. In respect of this tickets are offered for femal...

Highlights: Tanznacht Berlin 2012 (Berlin)

Since 2000 Tanznacht Berlin is paying tribute to dance made in Berlin by presenting the artists and their work. The 7th edition continues this biennial tradition, but one single night is not enough: from 22 till 26 August TANZNACHT BERLIN 2012 presents new works and current trends of nearly 75 Berlin based artists. The festival reaches its peak on the 25 August with an especially full programme of 12 hours of dance. From noon till midnight we present up to 20 different dance performances, premières, installations and one-to-one-performances. Put your own individual programme together and follow us through the festival. Use breaks to attend one of the sommer.talks, take a seat in The Waiting Room or simply relax on the extensive premises of the Uferstudios before visiting the next performan...

Contemporary Performance Turns 3 And Adds Regional Editors To Expanded Coverage

Contemporary Performance Update – August 6, 2012Welcome to this weeks Network Round Up. We’ve gathered the top most viewed, liked, and commented on members, content, photos, and videos. Warning: Some of these are NSFW. Contemporary Performance Network is a social media / community organizing network providing artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate. Invite your collaborators to share their work with 3738 global members.**Contemporary Performance turned 3 years old and we’ve expanded our coverage with the introduction of Regional Editors. These Editors are a mix of artists, scholars and curators from around the world. You can see the current list of Regional Editors here. If you would like to become a Regional Editor, ple...

Week In Review: Network Round Up Of Top Members, Content, Photos, and Video

Welcome to this weeks Network Round Up. We’ve gathered the top most viewed, liked, and commented on members, content, photos, and videos. Warning: Some of these are NSFW. Contemporary PerformanceNetwork is a social media / community organizing network providing artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate. Invite your collaborators to share their work with 3202 global members. P.S. Don’t forget! We’ve rebooted the Book Club. You can add to the discussion on the current book, Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance, or nominate a new book for the next round. also We’re planning a network wide meet up on the network chat on March 12th at 12pm midday New York Time. Keep a look out and we’ll remind...

VIOLET

Added by Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods on February 15, 2012  Five dancers reveal simultaneously and singularly an energetic landscape, a charged terrain of options. Their actions are manifestations of surging phenomena, imperceptible but always active. Violet is a steep descent into a maelstrom, a swirl of energetic patterns and kinetic sculptures full of detail, partnered live on stage by musician Brendan Dougherty on electronics and percussion. After a period of cross-breeding with other art forms and collaborations, Meg Stuart turns in Violet to movement as its primary motor, pairing choreography with an alchemy of the senses. Perhaps the most abstract piece so far in her long standing career, Violet bears Stuart’s unique signature, an art that hones a frail ‘condition humaine’ in its inte...

Triadisches Ballet / Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer

Added by Paulo Henrique on February 10, 2012  Inspired in part by Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and his observations and experiences during the First World War, Oskar Schlemmer began to conceive of the human body as a new artistic medium. He saw ballet and pantomime as free from the historical baggage of theatre and opera and thus able to present his ideas of choreographed geometry, man as dancer, transformed by costume, moving in space. Oskar Schlemmer born September 4th, 1888 in Stuttgart, Gernany. He was a painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer. He was also a professor at the BAUHAUS School. This video dance piece of the “Tridiac Ballet” is reconstruction by Margarete Hastings in 1970. This was possible with of support of Ludwig Grote and Xanti Schawinsky (Schele...

We Destroy Art/Performance of Fabryka Destrukcja / Improvisation of Destruction Factory

Added by Factory Destruction on August 6, 2012 at 1:56pm Destruction Factory – we destroy art. Performance: Piotr Filonowicz, Paweł Olejnik Video/Audio: Paweł Głogowski Destructive improvisation. I/III Who: Fabryka Destrukcja (Destruction Factory) is two performers — Piotr Filonowicz and Paweł Olejnik. Their common experience is mainly a few years of intense work on movement and vocal improvisation with the Linia Nocna group (Night Route). What: The objective of Fabryka Destrukcja is improvised destruction of art installations. The group not only creates their own installations, but also collaborates with artists who build the space for improvisation or offer their work of art up for destruction. How: Destroying a work of art is a performative act, based on the assumptions of t...