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In Performance: Arturo Vidich’s The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas (NYC)

The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas (NYC)
Arturo Vidich
Friday, November 6-10, 2012 (varying times)
$5 suggested donation
The Theater at MAD

Exploring the edges of personal risk within performance, Arturo Vidich uses MAD as a site for the development of his newest improvisational work, The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas.

A young voice in the use of improv within performance, Vidich draws from the mythical persona of Daedelus, creator of the labyrinth where he was later imprisoned with his ill-fated son, Icarus. Vidich offered micro-commissions to performers, writers, engineers, architects, and other artists to make or design objects to serve as improvisational scores for a solo performance. He uses these objects like puzzle pieces, manipulating and combining them to generate physical dilemmas that prompt strings of full-body gestures. Vidich interacts with the objects as though they were animate, leading The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas to evoke warmth and playfulness—tinged with danger and deceit.


The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas is commissioned by New York Live Arts and made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is given by contributors to The Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts. The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas will premiere January 24-26, 2013.

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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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