Interview

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 Hands was recently presented at the 2017 American Realness Festival at Abrons Arts Center, and Jen and I sat down after the closing performance to discuss the piece. The following is an excerpt of our conversation. — Sara Lyons: Tell me about the development of Clap Hands. What were your initial questions? Jen Rosenblit: Early on I was reading a lot of [Lauren] Berlant, and she said: “The reorga...

Interview: Sara Lyons on her adaptation of “I’m Very Into You” by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark

I’m Very Into You Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark Adapted and Directed by Sara Lyons Nov. 9-11 In 1995, the writers Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark met at a conference in Australia and had a brief, passionate affair. Wark lived in Sydney, Acker in San Francisco, so after Acker’s return to the United States they continued their correspondence via the emerging technology of email. This correspondence was recently collected and published in a volume titled I’m Very Into You, and now Sara Lyons, a John Wells Directing Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, has adapted I’m Very Into You for the stage in an original production opening this week. I sat down with Sara over a cup of tea to discuss her adaptation, the limits of language, queering binaries, and spreading the good fucking word about ...

Interview: Mårten Spångberg

This spring, the Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg premiered a new performance, The Planet (late at night), created for the exhibition Six Weeks, in Time  at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, on view from March 26–May 8, 2016. The performance was part of an expanded choreography of objects—including, among other materials, a Polaroid camera, a pile of dirt, three pizza boxes, three Harley Davidson motorcycle gas tanks, and five stretched canvases left in the forest for eighteen months physically marked by the duration—that might be described as an installation within a gallery, but which Spångberg identifies as “a concept, a machine that produces indetermination.” Three times throughout the exhibition dancers became part of this field of indeterminacy, moving amongst the scattered obj...

Interview: Tina Satter – Girlhood, Adolescence and Framing Intangible Moments

  Tina Satter is a Brooklyn-based writer and director who makes plays, performances and videos. She is Artistic Director of the theater and performance ensemble Half Straddle, whose work has been presented nationally and internationally. Honors include a Doris Duke Impact Artist Award (2014), an Obie Award (2013) and being named “Off-Off Broadway Innovators to Watch” by Time Out New York (2011). Her most recent show, Ancient Lives, premiered at The Kitchen in January 2015. I spoke on the phone with Tina in October. We discussed Tina’s path to performance, the founding of Half Straddle and how Tina makes these shows that seem to capture the feeling and the essence of girlhood. This post is supported by the Carnegie Mellon University John Wells Directing Program MFA Eleanor Bishop: Coul...

Interview: Lars Jan of Early Morning Opera

Lars Jan is a director, designer, writer and media artist, and founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera, the multidisciplinary performance + art lab behind HOLOSCENES, previous works including ABACUS and A SUICIDE BOMBING BY INVITATION ONLY, and the upcoming THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (Under the Radar 2016) . His work has received major support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC; Troy, NY), and has been presented by The Whitney Museum, BAM Next Wave Festival, and Sundance Film Festival among others. Where did you grow up? I grew up outside Boston in a little town called Marshfield. It’s sort of idyllic in the sense that there are lots of marshes and fields. It’s a place that is progressively blue collar. Sort of diverse and inclusive. A little left leaning ...

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 website:             The Autoteatro series, which began in 2007 with Rotozaza’s ‘Etiquette’, explores a new kind of performance whereby audience members perform the piece themselves, usually for each other. Participants are given instruction via audio, visual cues or text for what to do or say. By simply following these instructions an event begins to unfold. Not to be confused wit...

Opportunities: LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab and an Interview with LACMA’s Amy Heibel on the Art and Technology Program

 “[A]ny technology gradually creates a totally new human environment. Environments are not passive wrappings but active processes.”- Marshall McLuhan The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) recently announced the revival of its seminal Art + Technology Program on the heels of the New Museum’s launch of an Incubator for Art, Technology, and Design. LACMA’s original Art and Technology (A&T) program ran from 1967 through 1971 under the direction of Maurice Tuchman, and paired major artists from the United States and Europe such as Claes Oldenberg, Robert Irwin, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg, with companies such as the Rand Corporation, Garrett Corporation, Disney Corporation, and Cowles Communication. The A&T program culminated in an exhibition of the artworks at the US Pa...

Interview: the Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa

  On the occasion of their USA premiere of EYES, a theatrical-musical journey based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, this weekend at Between the Seas Festival, we are discussing with Lily Ovadiah, member of the Jaffa Theater – The Arab-Hebrew Theatre Center. Excerpts from an interview to Flavia Zaganelli Tell us more about the performance you are bringing at Between the Seas Festival. How was it created? What inspired it? Jaffa Theatre is a theatre that deals with the question of meetings between the Jewish culture and the Arab culture. The idea is to meet “the other” through culture. Mahmoud Darwish is the most popular poet among the Palestinians. The Israeli Jews don’t know his poetry; they only know that he was a member in the P.L.O. 15 years ago, one of his poems was in the high ...

Interview: Y LIVER (Paris)

Artists Rugiada Cadoni and David Liver have worked in the video and performance field for over ten years in Paris. Y Liver is a contemporary art duo created in 1999 by David Liver (born in 1977 in Le Havre) and Rugiada Cadoni (born in 1977 in Lecco, Italy). Y Liver’s work spans video, performance, spoken word, writing, drawing and installation. In addition to its guerilla-style artwork and its unorthodox performance pieces, which involves everything from interacting with strangers to graffiti, Y Liver is well known for its manipulation and perversion of languages, inspired by politics, ancient religious scriptures and other personal hand-written texts. www.yliver.com Opie Boero Imwinkelried: Could you explain the name of your duo Y Liver? Y LIVER: Yes. The name came up with our first perfo...

Interview: Liisa Pentti and Full Moon Dance Festival

Finnish dancer Liisa Pentti discusses some aspects of contemporary dance, her own work as a dancer and choreographer, as well as her recent position as the artistic director of Full Moon Dance Festival on 21-25th, 07, 2013 (www.fullmoondance.fi). Liisa Pentti is one of the key visionaries of the Finnish dance scene. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Finland and abroad since 1986. Website: www.liisapentti.com Opie Boero Imwinkelried: You are the artistic director of Full Moon Dance Festival on 21-25th, 07, 2013. Could you tell us about the festival? Liisa Pentti: The festival is the oldest contemporary dance festival which happens in the small, remote mining town of Pyhäsalmi in the middle of Finland. It started as a summer camp for Finnish dancers and was run by chor...

Agnes Nedregard and Tomasz Szrama Performing in France

Artists Agnes Nedregard and Tomasz Szrama are two of the artists to be performing at the event “La désinvolture de nos gangsters” in the Parisian suburbs on June 7-9, 2013 (see interview with co-curator Arianne Foks on CPN.). In these interviews, Agnes Nedregard and Tomasz Szrama discuss their performances at “La désinvolture de nos gangsters” and other aspects of performance art.  Agnes Nedregard will be performing on June 8th and Tomasz Szrama on June 9th. Tomasz Szrama, independent artist from Finland, has chosen performance art as the best language to express himself. Opie Boero Imwinkelried: What is LA DESINVOLTURE DE NOS GANGSTERS? Tomasz Szrama: I don’t know. It seems google translates it clumsily. OI: Could you please present your own work, career or background? TS: I prefer ...

Interview: Performing Barthes, an interview with Arianne Foks (Paris)

On June 7-9, 2013, Arianne Foks and Laurent Quénéhen will present a program of performances, videos and installations at Les Salaisons in Romainville (Paris suburbs). Inspired by Roland Barthes, “La désinvolture de nos gangsters” will question “Who are our gangsters?  Our politicians, our lovers, our enemies, our philosophers, our experts in genetics, or our golden researchers?” In the interview below, curator Arianne Foks discusses the content of the event and some of her views about performance art. Coming up next, an interview with Norwegian artist Agnes Nedregard, who will be performing at “La désinvolture de nos gangsters.” Arianne Foks is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Paris. Her work investigates identity and displacement, focusing on the question of desire and how desire prod...

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