In Performance

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 interaction, Swivel Spot watches Rosenblit and Wyeth fumble blindfolded through a motley landscape of objects and sound, groping for grounding, and for one another. Alexia Welch, the “supportive performer” who also provided her gentle care for Clap Hands, trails Rosenblit and Wyeth with plastic wrap, methodically pinning a city of objects to the gallery floor at The Kitchen. Welch’s methodical atten...

In Performance: Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio – La Melancolie des Dragons (Out There Festival)

La Melancolie des Dragons Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio Walker Art Center A group of long-haired metalheads sits in a stalled vintage Citroën in a wintery forest. They fiddle with the car radio, share snacks, and chat under cover of blasting music. Then arrives their friend Isabelle, a wise Snow White figure to the metalheads’ seven dwarves. After determining (through inspection and tinkering) that their Citroën won’t be going anywhere tonight, she asks the stranded metalheads to pass the time by demonstrating the attractions of the amusement park they are developing. Here, Philippe Quesne’s penchant for using simple tools to create surreal images shines. The would-be amusement park creators display each attraction for Isabelle, often calling her away from the previous one like a child e...

In Performance: Okwui Okpokwasili – Poor People’s TV Room (Out There Festival)

Poor People’s TV Room Okwui Okpokwasili Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) As in 2014’s Bronx Gothic, Okwui Okpokwasili is in motion before the audience enters the space. In fact, all four performers (Okpokwasili, Thuli Dumakude, Katrina Reid, and Nehemoyia Young) are already present and in motion. A large sheet of plastic stretches across the stage, separating Okpokwasili from the rest of the group, and blurring her image, as if she is a ghost or a spirit. Unseen forces are a recurring theme in this work. Though Okpokwasili names two events from Nigeria’s history as influences (The Women’s War of 1929, and the Bring Back Our Girls movement sparked in response to mass kidnappings), this source material is not addressed directly or literally. The four women seem to spin through ti...

In Performance: Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Play (Out There Festival)

Thank You For Coming: Play Faye Driscoll Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) “The book of the show is not yet written,” Faye Driscoll intones as she welcomes a small group of audience members onto the stage. The show’s interactive opening sequence has the feel of a ritual: the performers sit chanting in a clean, gallery-esque space, surrounded by neatly-arrayed props and costumes. Audience members are invited to stand around an altar-like table and to contribute a word or two to be used later in the performance. Since this operation, completed in small groups, takes a not insignificant amount of time, spectators can relax into the cycle of chanting and watch the precise, repetitive tableaux created by performers as they move from their separate squares to pose at the front of the stage....

In Performance: Catch Coil III (COIL)

Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center Jan 15 – 7pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn Eleven acts participated in a special COIL edition of the CATCH series at The Invisible Dog. The series – as described by curators Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson & Caleb Hammons – is an “Obie award-winning, itinerant, rough and ready series of performance events that whirls through Brooklyn every month or two”. Performances came from groups like Aorta Films who make “lusty opulent ethical fuckery.” Aorta Films’ “Porn Theory 3 (manifesto in 10 parts)” is a thoughtful meditation on sex and queerness. Images of naked bodies of all shapes, sizes, color, and gender copulating played while the group read it’s inspira...

In Performance: M.Lamar – Funeral Doom Spiritual (Prototype Festival)

M.LAMAR – FUNERAL DOOM SPIRITUAL Friday January 13, 7pm Saturday January 14, 7pm + 10pm National Sawdust 80 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 Funeral Doom Spiritual starts in discord. Strings play wildly and we hear the drone of endless bombs. Time slows as M.Lamar glides to his place at the keys. You crave for the strings and bombs to stop. Duration and intensity are powerful tools in M. Lamar, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, and Tucker Culbertson’s exploration of a past future. Set in 2117, M.Lamar explores centuries of black death via music inspired by the negro spirituals. The restlessness of the music exposes a bleak future that looks so much like our past that you think you’re in a fever dream. Death is rest in this future. I suspect that this sentiment would also hold true ...

In Performance: Matt Marks and Paul Peers, Mata Hari (PROTOTYPE)

Matt Marks and Paul Peers Mata Hari January 5-7 and 11-14 at 7pm January 8 at 2pm PROTOTYPE HERE Arts Center 145 6th Ave Mata Hari tells the story of historical figure Mata Hari, a dancer/courtesan who was executed by the French during WWI for being a German spy. When we first see Mata Hari, she is decked in jewels and a beautiful gown—a dancer in full glory. But the glory lasts only a moment, as she is soon surrounded by five male soldiers who take everything away from her save a slip. She spends the rest of the opera exposed, in this slip, in a prison cell, talking to the nun who is her keeper and the captain who is set on sending her to her death. Through these exchanges and the recreations of episodes in her life that bloom from them, we learn about all of her exploits, from being abus...

Apply Today: French-U.S. Exchange in Dance – FUSED – Call for Application 2017

Deadline: 10 February 2017 New England Foundation for the Arts-National Dance Project (NEFA-NDP), the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation announce the 2017 call for application for the FUSED program. The goals of FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance are to foster dialogue, strengthen professional relationships, and spark creative artistry through meaningful exchanges in the partner countries. Between 2004 and 2015, FUSED has introduced choreographers and performers whose works had never or rarely been seen in the partner country. It has contributed to building numerous partnerships between French and American presenters and artists, enabling innovative collaborations and cultural exchange. It has also been instrumental in reaching out to new au...

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-distant past, while running alongside a canal in Belgium, she came upon a man throwing rocks at a sitting duck. Paralyzed by the scene, she asked herself, what should a good person do? Like any question of right and wrong, Gunn’s work is deceptively simple. Bit by bit, she carefully asks us to consider each aspect of this situation: she’s a woman, he’s a man; she’s in a foreign country, he may be ...

In Performance: Breaking the Waves (Prototype Festival)

Prototype Festival Breaking the Waves Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek (USA) NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 LaGuardia Place January 6-9 Based on Lars Von Trier’s 1996 film of the same name, the new opera Breaking the Waves offers a grand showcase for the soprano Kiera Duffy. Duffy delivers a powerhouse performance as Bess McNeill, an unstable, lovestruck girl in a religious seaside town. Von Trier’s story is a bleak one. After her beloved husband is paralyzed, Bess agrees to his demands that she have sex with other men and describe the encounters to him. Her increasing degradation, mistreatment and eventual murder at the hands of the townsmen is depicted as a kind of selfless martyrdom, with various characters continually referring to her “goodness” and “golden heart.” It ...

In Performance – Lisa Clair, What’s YOUR Problem? (SFX)

Lisa Clair What’s YOUR Problem? // A Deep Space Lounge Act January 6th at 8pm SFX The Wild Project 195 E 3rd St Once Lisa Clair went deaf in one ear. But did it mean she had a disease, or was it a sign of alien invasion? Clair explores both options and more in “What’s YOUR Problem?” a space-oriented cabaret that features personal stories, takes on classic sci-fi movie scenes, and songs of all sorts. Fantastical costumes and a set wonderfully committed to space-age gold and silver (even Clair’s water bottle was wrapped in aluminum foil to fit in) immediately put us in another world. The impressive musical stylings of performer-composer Brian McCorkle underscore Clair as she speaks and sings about medical trauma with confidence and grace. Special guest Molly Pop...

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 surgeons and I are served hot sausages (vegetarian options available) and cold beer in aluminum steins. “You don’t want to attend a hanging on an empty stomach!” quips the woman in period dress who slathers mustard on my veggie dog. The surgeons mingle. A drum sounds a militaristic beat and from the dust there appears a hulking, hooded male figure. He violently drags a woman in rags through the crowd. We...

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