Contemporary Performance announces the festival Special Effects from January 8-10, 2015. The festival consists of artists from the Contemporary Performance Network presenting work at The Wild Project in the East Village. Curated by network editors Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson the four day festival will hold panel and artist events, launch the Contemporary Performance Almanac15 book and throw nightly performance parties in the Wild Project Bar. Artist driven and oriented, Special Effects gathers experimental performance works by practitioners exploring contemporary issues. Drawing on a network of over 15,000 artists who are part of www.contemporaryperformance.com, the festival samples the diversity and richness of the discipline of performance and presents an open forum for critical thinking on the issues of the day. Tickets are $15.
Heather Litteer curates the opening night party with performances and interviews with female legends from the downtown arts scene: Chi-Chi Valenti, Marti Beaut, and Vangeline. Coming out of the performance scene centered around Mother and Jackie 60 in the Meat Packing District in the 90s, and HOWL and Jackie Further, these artists defined, expanded and reinvented what ‘downtown’ meant. Heather Litteer is the 2014 recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship.
A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else. Adrienne Truscott, one-half of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters, dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down, undresses and dresses down the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and the awkward laughs in between. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, ducks, whistles, and enough gin and tonics to get a girl in trouble, she lets her pussy do the talking. Set to pop music. Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to, all night long.
“Truscott is always a step ahead with firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.” 5 STARS – Guardian (UK)
“A brilliantly bold and thoroughly engaging provocation.” 4 STARS – The Times (UK)
Contemporary Performance is publishing the 2nd annual Contemporary Performance Almanac 2015, an overview of live work created or presented during the 2013/2014 season. Crowd-funded and open-source, last year’s almanac showcased over 350 participating artists and companies. So often presenters do not have access to the work of artists that are outside the touring circuitâ€” this vital resource provides both artists and presenters a means to find each other and start new working relationships. Coktails!
Guest curator Ben Gansky, Cloud City. Featuring Fire Drill (Minneapolis), Peter Mills Weiss (GRANDMA), Sophia Cleary, and FlucT. An evening of new works and works-in-progress from the Contemporary Performance network revealing radical experiments in performance. From young makers breaking into and out of the performance scene, this evening event brings together vital forces that are shaping the next frontier of performativity. Existing between the black box of experimental theatre and the white rooms of the art museum, gray spaces explore the marginal zones of performance.
Vocal Test is a composition built from tonal syllabic relationships between three singers and a sampling theremin. For this performance, processes of automation and de-automation offer testing grounds for developing systems of agency in writing composition, presenting inquiry about cognitive software in relation to computer software.
Audience space limited. “group” is a full-sensory live music and video performance that engages audience members in eye contact, cardiovascular, breathing, and physical contact exercises – all techniques pulled directly from research and experience with corporate team building exercises, contact improvisation, Viewpoints training, group meditation, yoga, and sensory deprivation. However, group also plays with the absurd language, commercialism and forced intimacy of corporate team-building programs, allowing participants to be completely engrossed in the experience one minute, and to laugh at themselves in the next. For more info visit www.iamgroup.me and read our group member agreement.