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Alamanac 2013: Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Brooklyn, USA)

[alert heading=”The Contemporary Performance Almanac13″ type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from last year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2013, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2012/2013 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2015, you can join the project here. DEADLINE NOV 14, 2014 [/alert]

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Brooklyn, USA) 

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy) work with video,  sound, and performers to create installation-based performances.  The ensemble uses VHS tapes and the internet  to create multidisciplinary shows centered around the re-performance of  media archives of human experience.

Disciplines: Performance, Video, Sound, Installation, Karaoke, Theater

Everything One in the Disc of the Sun

In Everything One in the Disc of the Sun, three gold-clad Osirian priests gather at an Egypt-themed karaoke bar to re-perform songs and video clips from the lexicon of self-help.  Under the 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, accompanied by original songs and video collages.   The audience sits beneath the LED pyramid with the ensemble, taking part in song, drinking ceremonies, ritual fist-pounds, hugs, and handshakes as the performers re-perform fragments of text from found media in a form of ritual sermon.

Keywords: Pyramid, Cult, Performance, Karaoke, Ritual, Party

Production History: The James A Farley Post Office,  JACK, Arts@Rennaisance, Aunts, Prelude13, Kate Werble Gallery

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Website: http://royalosiris.com

Twitter: @royalosiris

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/royalosiris

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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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