Author: Stephen Eckert

Immersive Theater: In Conversation With Shasta Geaux Pop

In Conversation with Shasta Geaux Pop Interviewed by Terrence I. Mosley The Contemporary Performance Think Tank is housed in the John Wells Directing Program MFA at Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama under the direction of Caden Manson. Each year the Think Tank focuses on a set of topics concerning the fields of Theater and Contemporary Performance and conducts research and interviews to...

What Is Immersive Theater?

Immersive theater is a performance form emphasizing the importance of space and design; curating tangible, sensual environments; and focusing on personal, individual audience experience.2 The form has emerged over the past two decades as a major movement in performance and finds itself today within a mainstream moment. As a form which subverts much of the established relationships of conventional ...

In Performance – Sarah Small, Secondary Dominance (Prototype Festival)

Sarah Small Secondary Dominance January 6, 7, & 11-14, 9pm Prototype 2017 HERE 145 6th Avenue, New York In Secondary Dominance, the multi-media concert debuting at Prototype after over a decade in development, creator Sarah Smalls and director Wade McCollum build an evening at times spectacular, intimate, moving, and overwhelming. In 13 short movements Smalls combines a plethora of diverse gen...

In Performance – Britt Hatzius, Blind Cinema (COIL 2017)

Britt Hatzius Blind Cinema January 9-12, 5:30pm COIL SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street, New York “It’s white. Nothing is happening… Still nothing is happening…” a high, breathy voice begins to whisper through frequent  “ums” and pauses into a black funnel pressed against my ear. This is how Britt Hatzius’ brilliant performance piece, Blind Cinema begi...

In Performance – Juliana F. May, Adult Documentary (American Realness 2017)

Juliana F. May Adult Documentary January 7, 5:30pm January 8, 8:30pm January 9, 1pm January 10, 10pm American Realness Abrons Art Center 466 Grand St, New York What is the relationship between the form of language and it’s meaning? Can a word’s “shape” interfere with the reality of what its expressing? What does it mean to exist in this unclear, problematized space, to  dan...

In Performance – Kate McIntosh, Worktable (COIL 2017)

  Kate McIntosh Worktable January 5-7, 12-8pm January 8, 11-7pm January 9, 12-8pm COIL 2017 The Invisible Dog Art Center 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn Destruction and renewal are the central themes of Kate MctIntosh’s remarkable installation, Worktable, however the piece also inspires thoughts on legacy, process, and power within artistic expression. Simple in conception but exceptional in...

In Performance: Steve of Tomorrow (SFX)

Steve of Tomorrow / David Commander/ Rob Ramirez FRI JAN 15, 8PM SAT JAN 16, 11PM & 8PM University Settlement 184 Eldridge Street Through a combination of multimedia, puppetry, and toy theatre deliberately walking the line between high tech and low class, Steve of Tomorrow stages an apocalypse in the age of social media and corporate “news” entertainment with an absurdity that seems unsettling...

In Performance: The Holler Sessions (COIL)

The Holler Sessions / Frank Boyd If there is one theme that particularly emerges from Frank Boyd’s 80 minute solo performance, The Holler Sessions, it is listening. Not only hearing the curated selection of classic Jazz Boyd’s Kansas City DJ broadcasts, nor following his passionate and comic commentary, but really listening to a nearly forgotten American art form and the stories of the performers ...

In Performance: The Inscription Project (SFX)

The Inscription Project / Renegade Performance Group The late artist and theoretician, Rammellzee (alternatively RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ,) identified in his philosophy of Gothic Futurism the power of language and the alphabet itself as both a tool of oppression and liberation for marginalized communities. Through his practice as a visual and performance artist, graffiti writer, and hip-hop artist, Rammellzee...

In Performance: o’death (COIL)

o’ death / Findlay//Sandsmark + Pettersen A performance of seemingly opposing concepts and representations: natural and synthetic, cold and warmth, intimacy and distance o’ death is a challenge to the concept of mortality and an exploration of anxiety amidst mechanized rustling tree branches and towering, glowing monolithic sculptures of white packing styrofoam. While presenting an imposing mass, ...

In Performance: #ItGetsBitter (Under the Radar)

#ItGetsBitter /DARKMATTER Imperialism, gut flora, white supremacy, leftist nursery rhymes, the gentrification of “the” LGBT movement, and Harry Potter’s supposed Patil twins are all subjects of poetic expression and biting political satire for queer duo, DARKMATTER in their evening #ItGetsBitter.  South Asian performers Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon present a thorough and impassioned ...