Contemporary Performance is hosting an online video festival of performance works and excerpts from 06.14.2010 to 07.02.2010. We’ve curated some of our favorite user submissions and online videos from today’s leading contemporary artists and embeded them here. The videos range in purpose and content and include rehearsal videos, process videos, performance documentation, lectures, made for video, dance on camera, video art, and vj.
Anat Spiegel & Thomas Myrmel STEIM 2009
Controllar, art-pop duo of Thomas Myrmel & Anat Spiegel, spent two weeks in residency at STEIM, studio for electro-instrumental music in Amsterdam. The focus of this residency was to further develop the unique combination of vocals and electronics used in their live performance. Filmed and edited by Vivian Wenli Lin.
John Jahnke/Hotel Savant (USA)
The Archery Contest
The Party: Two teenagers are invited to the Reverend Kendrick’s home to celebrate an unnamed festivity. The Reverend’s wife does her best to entertain in a wholesome fashion, though the purpose of their invitation seems oddly licentious. Filmed at Performance Space 122, October 2009. Developed at 3LD Art and Technology Center. The document was filmed in performance and features Alexander Borinsky, Hillary Spector, Richard Toth, Carey Urban and Jeff Worden. Script, Direction, Design by John Jahnke. Set Design Peter Ksander. Sound Design Kristin Worrall. Lighting Design Miranda Hardy. Video Design Andrew Schneider. Costume Design Carlos Soto.
The Hotel Savant, a theatre company based in New York City, explores the livid, the uncertain, the magical and sublime: the seminal ideologies of history and mythology and their impact on contemporary narrative. Committed to mounting or developing one original work per year, they utilize a variety of performance techniques that include pageantry, dance and tableau. In addition they are dedicated to reviving obscure and rarely performed texts that correlate to present day topics. Utilizing visuals to explore the inherent root of a text, the company actively employs artists and designers with visionary interest, whose goal is to redefine standards of theatrical language and design. Works include The Archery Contest, Performance Space 122, 2009; Antonin Artaud’s The Cenci, The Ohio Theatre, 2008; Susan Sontag’s A Parsifal, Performance Space 122, 2006; Funeral Games (performance workshop), The Public Theater, 2004; The Shady Maids of Haiti, Walkerspace, 2002; Mercurius, HERE, 2001; and Lola Montez in Bavaria, HERE, 1999.