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Featured: Drodesera Festival Supercontinent, The 5th LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award (Dro, Italy)

DRODESERA is a contemporary art festival currently at its 37th edition This year is taks place from 21st to 29th July at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento), which has been hosting the festival exclusively for last 17 years. The Art Work Space has opened its doors onto its artistic production, pursuing and fomenting its nature of multiform reality and its mission of presenting artistic and cultural biodiversity. SUPERCONTINENT is the title chosen for this year’s edition, for a modern Pangaea sewn back together by new technologies and migratory routes, in symbiosis with a constantly mutating land. Tradition and innovation intertwine together in order to generate a balance based upon diversities. The 5th LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award will launch the Festival this year, with its new productions in...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover

Immersive theater has been proliferating throughout the contemporary performance and theater fields in the last 10 years. Discover 10 immersive theater companies working today. 1. PunchDrunk (London/NYC) www.punchdrunk.com “Since 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game changing form of theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Punchdrunk has developed a phenomenal reputation for transformative productions that focus as much on the audience and the performance space as on the performers and narrative. Inspired designers occupy deserte...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 4. Fruit for the Apocalypse (London)

4. Fruit for the Apocalypse (London) www.fruit-for-the-apocalypse.eu “Fruit for the Apocalypse create and present new audio-kinetic adventures in Opera, Ballet and Composition working with emerging artists and forging new collaborations in a site-responsive context. We are a diverse collective of artists and producers who make experimental work. Our name comes from a tin of peaches – our adopted symbol of an eternity of ephemeral potential, locked within a cautious, nihilistic and consumer packaged society. We like to think of ourselves as romantic tin-openers – working to free the fruit from the redundant cold war stockpile. We collaborate with many different people – our main aim is to make and do rather than wait and do nothing. One of our productions, The Surrea...

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 Hands was recently presented at the 2017 American Realness Festival at Abrons Arts Center, and Jen and I sat down after the closing performance to discuss the piece. The following is an excerpt of our conversation. — Sara Lyons: Tell me about the development of Clap Hands. What were your initial questions? Jen Rosenblit: Early on I was reading a lot of [Lauren] Berlant, and she said: “The reorga...

Up Coming: Simone Aughterlony & Jen Rosenblit -Everything Fits In The Room (1.19-1.22.17 Berlin)

Aughterlony and Rosenblit navigate current forms of feminist politics ­beyond manifestos. Unpacking the phenomenology of utopias solicits the fear that all things will not fit in the imagined path. A free-standing wall sits in the middle of the room offering possibilities to adjust, fix and reattach materials. Crushed nutmeg and pine needles entice the senses. Rhythmic sorcery drives the effort to organize the ingredients, despite their un-governability. Is this a cooking show or a construction site? The room offers an expanded horizon, encouraging disruptive practices by way of leaks and cracks inside architectures for gathering. Thu 19.01.2017, 20:00 / District Berlin  TICKETS/Calendar Fri 20.01.2017, 20:00 / District Berlin  TICKETS/Calendar Sat 21.01.2017, 20:00 / District Berlin  TICK...

Featured: Contemporary Performance’s PFORM App16 Available for Download

Contemporary Performance's PFORM App16 is now available for download. PFORM is a companion app tailored to the spectrum of performance events and festivals held Januarys in New York. Now in its 4th year, PFORM provides listings, maps, calendars and ways for users to network about the festivals and shows they attend while integrating with established social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Contemporary Performance’s site of performance-makers from around the globe.

Interview with Ant Hampton: representation, participation, and physicality

As a vector of performance, participation has risen in prominence over the last fifty to sixty years to become one of the key concepts in contemporary performance practices. Ant Hampton exemplifies an approach to participation that depends on subtlety, rigor, and imagination. In 2007 he and Silvia Mercuriali were working together as Rotozaza when they coined the term autoteatro. From Rotozaza’s website:             The Autoteatro series, which began in 2007 with Rotozaza’s ‘Etiquette’, explores a new kind of performance whereby audience members perform the piece themselves, usually for each other. Participants are given instruction via audio, visual cues or text for what to do or say. By simply following these instructions an event begins to unfold. Not to be confused wit...

Featured: Special Effects Festival (Jan 8-10, 2015 NYC)

SPECIAL EFFECTS January 8 – 10 2015 The Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St at Ave B A Contemporary Performance Festival sfx.contemporaryperformance.com   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...

Featured: LAX – Live Arts Exchange (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Live Arts Exchange (LAX) A high-voltage performance series featuring work made in LA. September 10 to September 21 The Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90057 TICKETS Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased online at http://liveartsexchange.org/tickets/ Early bird festival passes available until August 24 Los Angeles Performance Practice and The Bootleg Theater announce the lineup for the second annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival, a performance series featuring local artists in contemporary theater, dance, music, and cross-genre performance.  LAX promises to showcase some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in LA, create social events that encourage cross-genre hangout, and play an important role in the elevation of Los Angeles performance work wi...

Featured: ATOM-r’s THE OPERATURE, Augmented Reality Performance Publication (Chicago) NSFW

Pinups creator, Christopher Schulz, and Chicago based performance art group, ATOM-r, have collaborated to carefully craft THE OPERATURE a 60 page Augmented Reality performance publication with pull out poster and micro-essay contributions from Anna Felicity Friedman, Kira O’Reilly, Anthony Romero, Matthew Steinbrecher and Fiona Wright.  ATOM-r‘s The Operature is a durational live performance, installation and augmented reality poem that engages histories of forensics and anatomical science and spectacle. The work’s choreography, objects, text, and overall form and structure are influenced by research into a range of historical archives including early modern anatomical theatre, Frances Glessner Lee’s miniature crime scene re-enactments known as the Nutshell Studies ...

Featured: Binge Culture’s WHALES (New Zealand)

Written by: Binge Culture Whales is an outdoor interactive performance by kiwi experimental theatre company, Binge Culture, a group in search of participative theatre that is profound, and the audience’s part integral. In staging a whale stranding (which are a relatively frequent occurrence on New Zealand beaches) they attempt to engage the public in a mass performative event, bringing strangers together over a fictional crisis. Twenty or more performers embody a pod of whales moving across land – whatever the environment, city streets or grassy parks – as if in the water, navigating the coastline. Dressed simply in black wetsuits with crude flippers strapped to their arms, the whales emerge and ‘swim’ slowly across the land toward the ocean. Past surprised spectators, the pod ...

Featured: Queer Performance Takes Over Entire Four-Floors of BAM Fisher Building (NYC)

EVERYBOOTY @BAM$20 in advance, $25 at the door. ($15 tickets with code 30339 until Thursday June 26 11:59pm EST)http://www.bam.org/Everybooty Queer Performance to take over the entire four-floor of the BAM Fisher Building (including an incredible rooftop!) for one night that mashes up performance, bands, art, DJs and readings and brings together SPANK, HEY QUEEN!, EARL DAX, and BIG ART GROUP for an over-the-top not-to-be-missed sensation event. Discount Advance Tickets On Sale Now! FRIDAY, JUN 27, 8PM—2AM A radical night of multi-arts mayhem to celebrate Pride! W I T H ++BANDS++ AB SOTO Slow Knights Michael T. & The Vanities ++EMCEE++ Murray Hill ++READINGS++ Justin Vivian Bond (Hosting and curating readings) Saeed Jones Casey Legler Mike Albo ++PERFORMERS++ Earl Dax (Curating and perf...