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In Performance: Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s Everything One in the Disc of the Sun (NYC)

Everything One in the Disc of the Sun
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble
October 24 -November 2, 2013
JACK
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Tickets $10 (includes admission to Golden Karaoke Party)
Karaoke Party-only tickets available at the door for $5

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy) is a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysical terrain of self-help movements at the end of the 21st Century.

In Everything One in the Disc of the Sun, three Osirian priests gather at a pseudo-Egyptian karaoke bar at the end of time to perform their favorite tracks from the self-help repertoire. Under the cosmic glow of an LED pyramid, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble sings, chants, and recites forgotten hits from the VHS vaults of gurus, cult leaders, corporate speakers, and extraterrestrial mediums, which they channel through an embedded in-ear karaoke machine. Combined with original songs, gestural fragments of the Death Trance Dance, compulsive drinking rituals, video projection, and other cultural flotsam, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble entombs the lost relics of a future civilization in lyrical self-preservation.

Also onsite is The Prodigal Sun Spiritual Supplies Boutique, a conceptual consignment store for self-enhancement, which will be open nightly at 7:30pm and after the performance for the duration of the Golden Karaoke Party. Merchandise and services for sale include:

  • Tarot readings from Archetypal Healing System, a customized science fiction tarot system by César Alvarez (The Foundry Theater, Taylor Mac’s Good Person of Szechwan, The Lisps)
  • Pre-recorded guided meditations by playwrights Corina Copp and Sibyl Kempson (Elevator Repair Service)
  • baba youree’s “just the tips” gold-crested pyramidal chocolates and orgone-generating soaps
  • Custom talisman jewelry by Laurie Berg (AUNTS)
  • Digital aura photography by Matt Romein
  • A children’s book by Jeremy Barker (Culturebot, DeeplyFascinating.org)

All performances will be followed by a Golden Karaoke Party, MC’d by DJ Rob the Rich and The People’s Karaoke.
[Complete songlist: www.royalosiris.com/songs]

Conceived by Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy)
Featuring Tei Blow, Siobhan Gandy, and Sean McElroy
Costume Design: Daniel Blow
Lighting Design: Ben Demarest
The Prodigal Sun Spiritual Supplies Boutique Manager: Youree Jong Choi
Spiritual Suppliers: César Alvarez, Jeremy Barker, Laurie Berg, Youree Jong
Choi, Corina Copp, Sybil Kempson, Hannah Patterson, Matt Romein
Documentation by Maria Baranova
Management by Alexandra Rosenberg
Produced in association with Immediate Medium

photo © by Maria Baranova

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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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