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In Performance: Lemi Ponifasio/MAU’s Tempest: Without A Body (San francisco, CA, USA)

LEMI PONIFASIO/MAU: TEMPEST: WITHOUT A BODY
April 7, 2011 – April 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm
*April 7 show begins at 8:15 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Novellus Theater at YBCA
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© Lemi Ponifasio

One of the most distinctive choreographers in the world today, Lemi Ponifasio is a fearless creative force whose work provokes attention and debate wherever it is experienced. His work is an extraordinary visceral kaleidoscope of ideas and influences that touches on the tensions and politics of race, tradition, mythology, urban consumerism and environmental awareness. Part dance, part theatre, part ceremony, Tempest is a powerful, visually ravishing and apocalyptic response to the sinister escalation of post-9/11 state powers and the erosion of individual freedoms. Infused with the potent shadows of Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus, Tempest interweaves the story of Shakespeare’s Tempest with the ideas of Italian political philosopher Giorgio Agamben. The resulting work questions how readily contemporary society accepts practices that have been previously considered inhuman and exceptional.
(Running time: 90 minutes without intermission)

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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