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In Performance – Jack Ferver and Mark Swanson: Two Alike May 17–19, 2009 (NYC)

Jack Ferver and Mark Swanson: Two Alike
512 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Thursday–Saturday, May 17–19, 8pm
Tickets $15

Photo: RicOrnel Productions

Two Alike, a collaboration between Jack Ferver and Marc Swanson, is a visceral and darkly humorous performance exploring the shattering effects of abused queer youth. Existing in an alter-space housing childhood fantasies and turbid adult obsessions, Ferver acts as the emotive flesh and voice inside of Swanson’s eerie mirrored set/sculpture. The performance twists and turns between past and present, with text ranging from pastoral prose to the jarringly confessional, and haunting choreography built from interviews between the two artists, improvisation, and states of trance.

Two Alike premiered as part of the first co-presentation between Diverse Works and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston.

Choreographed and Written by Jack Ferver
Set by Marc Swanson
Associate Director: Joshua Lubin-Levy
Music: Roarke Menzies
Costume: Reid Bartelme

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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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