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Featured: Big Art Group’s Broke House (NYC)

Photo: Joan Raspo

“Big Art Group is a live performance collective created by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson that uses language and media to push formal boundaries of theatre, film and video. There are a score of companies that do just this. What’s different about Big Art Group is how they design a performance that is so exacting in its chaos. Caden designs worlds falling apart. His pre-planned precise choreography of both the actors and the large bank of video screens makes the performance appear natural and almost unrehearsed.

Big Art Group’s latest work, Broke House, is a multimedia performance with live actors that explores the instability and uncertainty we are facing in our fractured world. What a perfect title—Broke House—is for our cracked society. Credit crises, foreclosures, homelessness and the collapse of whole countries.”


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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, 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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