Author: Sara Lyons

Performance Cabaret: In Conversation with Erin Markey

Erin Markey makes music, shows and videos. She has shown work at Under the Radar Festival, A.R.T., New Museum, PS 122, New York City Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, UCBeast, Bard Spiegeltent, Tasmania's Festival of Voices, San Francisco Film Society and frequently at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.  She is the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant, a NYFA Cutting Edge Ar...

What Is Performance Cabaret?

Performance Cabaret queers the classic cabaret refrain “Let me entertain you!” towards work that engages high and low culture together, uniting crisscrossing roots in musical cabaret, variety, comedy, drag, burlesque, and performance art. Performance cabaret is typically driven by an auteur who acts as writer/performer, utilizing formal training in one or more of the aforementioned traditions and ...

In Conversation with Jen Rosenblit

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 produce a paper as a resource for practitioners. This year’s topic is c...

In Performance: Michael Clark Company, to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song. (Tanz im August)

to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song. Michael Clark Company Tanz im August, Haus der Berliner Festspiele August 17-19, 2017 The deliberate, elegant precision of the title of this latest piece from British dance mainstay Michael Clark is apt. Over three distinct acts, Clark moves us from Erik Satie, minimalist turn-of-the-century composer, to legendary rocker Patti Smith, to the late g...

In Performance: Sasha Waltz & Guests, Kreatur (Tanz im August)

Kreatur Sasha Waltz & Guests Tanz im August, Haus der Berliner Festspiele August 21-24, 2017 Kreatur is an expansive undertaking from the venerable Sasha Waltz, a human origin story of epic proportions packed into just ninety minutes. Vibrating constantly between formal precision and unsettling rupture, Kreatur taps into basic building blocks of life and consciousness, painstakingly building a...

In Performance: Jen Rosenblit & Geo Wyeth – Swivel Spot (The Kitchen)

A companion piece to Rosenblit’s Clap Hands, which ran most recently at the 2017 American Realness festival, Swivel Spot continues Rosenblit’s line of performative inquiry into pairing and relationships, and marks a new collaboration between Rosenblit and music/performance/installation artist Geo Wyeth. Comprised of gently accumulating scored movement punctuated by surprising turns of music and in...

Interview with Jen Rosenblit: Performing Process and Problematics

Jen Rosenblit has been making performance in New York City since 2005. Her Bessie Award-winning work questions intimacy inside of problematic spaces, uniting choreographies, text, and design towards philosophical quandaries. Her work has been commissioned by The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace, and others, and she has been a resident artist with Movement Research, LMCC, and others. Clap Hand...

In Performance: Nicola Gunn, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017)

  Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017) Nicola Gunn Jan 11 – 8:30pm Jan 12 – 8:30pm Jan 13 – 7:30pm Jan 14 – 5pm The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LaMaMa – 66 East 4th Street, NY NY Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is Australian performer Nicola Gunn’s subversively funny moral quandry-turned-solo show. At the outset, Gunn recounts directly to us a true story: once in the not-too-...

In Performance: Anatomy Theater (Prototype 2017)

Anatomy Theater (Prototype 2017) New York City Premiere January 7, 8 and 10-14 at 8 PM Composer: David Lang Librettists: Mark Dion & David Lang Director: Bob McGrath Conductor: Christopher Rountree It is sometime in the nineteenth century, somewhere in the western hemisphere. Upon entering the theater I am declared a “surgeon” and led to a lantern-lit holding room where other so-called surgeon...

In Performance: Jen Rosenblit, Clap Hands (American Realness 2017)

CLAP HANDS Jen Rosenblit Jan 6-10, 2017 Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater Metal bleachers line the walls of the Abrons Experimental Theater at the top of Clap Hands, the latest movement-text mashup from creator Jen Rosenblit. With only a breath of separation between audience and performers, and bathed in designer Elliott Jenetopulos’s diffuse white light, the room is part theater, part gym,...

In Performance: GHOST RINGS by Tina Satter/Half Straddle

At the top of GHOST RINGS, the latest from Brooklyn-based company Half Straddle, director and playwright Tina Satter walks onstage, grabs the mic, and introduces herself. For years, she explains, she has been creating plays about her sister. This time, she wanted to do something different, so she created a band and learned to play the drums. Then she remembered that she was in a band once before, ...

In Performance: Gray Spaces (Special Effects)

SFX’s one-night grab bag of discourse-in-performance, GRAY SPACES features new works engaging contemporary questions of technology, identity, ritual, and more by an impressive lineup of emerging performance makers. “Gray” is the operative word of the evening–these artists and their work exist explicitly in the liminal, exposing new performativities between the embodied and mediated, performe...

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