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Highlights: Donau Festival 04/28 -05/08 (Krems, Austria)

DonauFestival 2010 FAILED REVOLUTIONS or IS THE ANAESTHETIC SIMPLY TOO STRONG TO WAKE UP THE DAMNED ON THIS PLANET? The Donaufestival is an annual festival of music and performance that takes place each April in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. The festival tends to showcase avant-garde rock, performance art, noise and electronica artists. Statement from the director: Currencies and the corresponding state entities have taught it to us: Depreciation can be created by inflation. The same goes for revolutions! Hardly any other time has spawned more revolutions than our Western late capitalist era. Advertising strategists work day and night to depreciate the notion of the revolution on technological, societal and spiritual levels by generating new ones on a running conveyor belt. Fake rev...

Highlights: Exit Festival (Paris) March 25-27, 2010

EXIT Festival (Paris) As an active participant in the contemporary artistic creation, the Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Creteil is a place where all manners and movements of art are produced, displayed, and performed. With over 300 performances a year, MAC’s policy starts from the principle of contemporary art’s multiplicity : it helps fund and create projects that bring together aspects of theatre, dance, music, and digital art – a veritable melting pot for the most recent forms of artistic expression. Indeed, MAC gives preference to exploratory modes of expression, lending its support at every step in collaborative hybrid projects. During its regular season, the MAC organizes multiple exhibitions and festivals, most notably the international festival, EXIT. This y...

Highlights: Festival Overload (NYC)

Over the next two weeks 5 festivals and multiple showings of contemporary performance will be presented along side the annual APAP convention. Its a great opportunity to catch some local, national and international work. American Realness Festival (Abrons Arts Center & others) Under the Radar (The Public & others) COIL Festival (PS122) Other Forces (Ontological) Culturemart (Here) and APAP showings at DTW Here are our highlights of the festivals. AMERICAN REALNESS A Festival of Contemporary Performance January 8-11, 2010 MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE Last Meadow Last Meadow is a new evening length work using original choreography and writing mixed with stuff from James Dean’s three movies to look at the myth of America the father, and confusion as a potentially transform...

Highlights: Coil Festival at PS122 (NYC)

COIL Festival at PS 122 A winter festival of contemporary performance featuring work of the past, present, and future. Richard Maxwell/NYC Players – Ads Upstairs at Performance Space 122 WORLD PREMIERE | THEATRE, VIDEO Co-presented with Under The Radar Festival [singlepic id=251 w=590 h= float=center] Ads marks a new departure in the work of celebrated downtown auteur Richard Maxwell. In collaboration with photographer/cinematographer Michael Schmelling and Wooster Group technical director Bozkurt Karasu, Maxwell asks whether theatre is possible without a human presence. Wed, Jan 6 at 10pm | Fri, Jan 8 at 7pm | Sun, Jan 10 at 10pm | Tues, Jan 12 at 10pm Thu, Jan 14 at 10:30pm | Fri, Jan 15 at 8pm | Sat, 16 at 10:30pm | Sun, Jan at 17 5:30pm EXTENDED at PS122 Wed, Jan 20 – Sun, ...

Highlights: Under The Radar (NYC, USA)

Highlights: Under The Radar (NYC, USA) L’EFFET DE SERGE Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio (France) Sunday Afternoons, in his living room and for a limited audience, a character named Serge performs 1-3 minutes numbers based on special effects. Low-key humor and homespun magic always merge in Quesne’s work. CHAUTAUQUA! Created by The National Theater of the USA Inspired by the popular lecture circuits of the 19th century, Chautauqua! Weaves lectures on history, culture, capitalism with live music, slapstick, magic, dance and melodrama. Chautauqua! Features guest lecturers, performers, and surprises in a celebration of the culture we all share and the moment in which we share it. JERK Directed by Gisèle Vienne, text and dramaturgy by Dennis Cooper (France) [nggallery id=3] Performed by and cre...

Featured: Christoph Schlingensief (Berlin, Germany)

Christoph Schlingensief A biography on Christoph Schlingensief. By Till Briegleb. No other German director has in recent years been as active as Christoph Schlingensief in earning the term “political” for his theatre. As society’s concept of the political became increasingly arbitrary and theatrical, Schlingensief responded with a rather unusual cure: he fought against the haziness of politics by totally confusing supposed unambiguities. [singlepic id=218 w= h= float=] From his early films in the 1980s, in which Hitler, rapists and mass shooters indulged in orgiastic mischief, to his dramas at the Berlin Volksbühne in the 1990s, whose chaotic scenes brought German icons such as Rudi Dutschke, Helmut Kohl or Rosa Luxemburg down off their pedestals, and to his performances ...

Highlights: Performa 09 (NYC, USA) Part 2

Nils Bech and Lina Viste Groenli Performance Project @ University Settlement 184 Eldridge Street Sunday, November 8 7:15pm [singlepic id=215 w= h= float=]Performing on a set designed by Lina Viste Groenli, Nils Bech will combine sparse acapella versions of contemporary and classical music and well-crafted electronica in a conceptual stage show laced with cabaret and contemporary dance, in collaboration with saxofonist Bendik Giske. Nils Bech is a classically trained singer with a focus on performance. An integral part of the Norwegian art and music scenes, he has taken part in exhibitions in New York, Zürich, Basel, Berlin, London, Vienna, and Oslo, as well as performing with his own band, Nils Bech. Lina Viste Groenli (b. Oslo, Norway, 1976) creates objects that delve into the dilemmas an...

Highlights: Performa 09 (NYC, USA) Part 1

Performa: Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. [singlepic id=214 w= h= float=] Performa’s Objectives are: Commission new performance projects in visual arts Present a dedicated performance biennial Consult and collaborate with art institutions and performing art presenters around the world to create dynamic and historically significant performance programs Offer an ongoing educational platform for expanding the knowledge and understanding of this critical area of visual art and cultural history . . Here is part 1 of ContemporaryPerformance.com̵...

Highlights: Prospettiva 09 – Un festival d’autunno (Torino, Italy)

Prospettiva 09 – An Autumn Festival (Torino, Italy) Contemporary culture knows no boundaries, it affirms its identity in the interaction between genres and languages, and constantly redefines its own form, ignoring barriers and set boundaries. The birth of Prospettiva 09 is the fruit of these interactions, of many dialogues between projects and realities that are very far removed. It will be an opening festival, which previews many of the themes of the 2009/2010 season of Teatro Stabile di Torino – I refer to the international guests, the narrative theatre, the rereading of classics and the link between theatre and music – but it will aim not to present them merely with different styles and forms: cross-pollination offers opportunities for new, heterogeneous considerations, transferr...

Highlights: On The Boards (Seattle, Washington)

On The Boards (Seattle, Washington) On the Boards is a non-profit contemporary performing arts organization located in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. Founded by artists in 1978, their programming supports the development of artists and companies who are creating ground-breaking new work that would otherwise not be seen in Seattle. We were among the first organizations in the country to present and premiere breakthrough performances by visionary, internationally recognized artists such as Laurie Anderson, Bill T. Jones, Spalding Gray, The Wooster Group, dumb type, Needcompany, Sankai Juku, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and many others. Similarly, we have supported some of the first performances by talented regional artists like 33 Fainting Spells, Sarah Rudinoff, Maureen Whiting...

Highlights: Prelude09 (NYC)

Prelude 09 Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY, the sixth-annual Prelude Festival celebrates the explorers and visionaries of NYC’s theatre and performance scene. Below are some highlights of the 3 day festival. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dan Safer / Witness Relocation The Panic Show Thursday, October 1 4-4.30pm | Elebash Hall The Panic Show dives into Panic. Panic attacks, mass hysteria, the stress of being late to the airport, trying to “get a hold of yourself”, fight or flight, and self help and relaxations techniques, as well as material inspired by “Panic Room”, that mess of a film starring Jodie Foster. It is a wild ride with dances, dark confessions, ...

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