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In Performance: In And Out Of Uniform

September 29, 2013
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002

Originally presented by the Museum of Arts and Design, In and Out of Uniform is an improvisational score by Sarah Maxfield, which investigates the histories contained by the body in uniform. This performance of the score will feature interpretations by Aretha Aoki, Jodi Bender, Laurie Berg, Peggy H. Cheng, Ursula Eagly, Carolyn Hall, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Aaron Mattocks, Anna Sperber, Jillian Sweeney, Maggie Thom, Arturo Vidich, and Emily Wexler. Improvisers perform in relay, shifting the score from one solo performer to another every twenty minutes from noon until 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th. Video of a previous iteration, edited by Maya Ciarrocchi, will be screened in counterpoint with the live event.

An exploratory opportunity, in a separate space on site, will also be conducted by some of the performing artists to interested audience members a chance to further investigate improvisation. From 12 noon-1 pm and 3-4 pm, Jodi Bender and Laurie Berg will lead choose-your-own-adventure improvisation workshops using masks as entry points.

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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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