In Performance

In Performance: Nicole Beutler – 1: Songs

Nicole Beutler 1: Songs Nicole Beutler’s work exists on a plane where dance, performance and visual art meet. For her latest performance she is even adding another genre; 1: Songs takes the shape of a pop concert. In an exceptionally powerful performance by Sanja Mitrovic, we examine a series of different dramatic characters. Mitrovic moves from urgent whispering, engaging singing and furious screaming to provocative dancing. Like a true rock diva she performs her songs, letting it rip as she opens an impressive range of emotions. Each song is inspired by a tragic female figure from theatre history. Mitrovic is therefore not only performing a series of songs, but also the sufferings and cries from the heart of Gretchen, Antigone, Medea, and other (anti-) heroines. In 1: Songs Beutler links...

In Performance: Philipp Gehmacher – walk + talk no. 7

Philipp Gehmacher walk + talk no. 7 The unique project walk + talk is an attempt to integrate movement and language on stage. At the invitation of Tanzquartier Wien, Gehmacher curated STILL MOVING in 2008. For this occasion he developed a series introducing the specific format of walk + talk. Gehmacher asked a number of dancers and choreographers to speak out and give their thoughts on the body in motion. This has resulted in widely varying outcomes: from improvisations to manifestos, from poetic moods to explanations of people’s own dance practices. Previous participants amongst others were Antonia Baehr, Boris Charmatz and Meg Stuart.

In Performance: Alwin Nikolais Centennial (NYC)

2010 marks the centennial of the birth of the visionary choreographer Alwin Nikolais (1910-1993). To celebrate his work and legacy, Abrons Art Center is mounting this once-in-a-lifetime weekend of reunions and re-creations. During his tenure as the Artistic Director of the Henry Street Playhouse (1948-69), Nikolais pushed beyond the boundaries of contemporary dance to create hallucinogenic wonders of movement, lighting, sound, and setting. A pioneer of multimedia technology, Nikolais’ prolific imagination shaped 20th-century performance and continues to inspire — and astound — artists and audiences today. The Alwin Nikolais Centennial continues May 4-9 at the Joyce Theater. From the Horse’s Mouth: Remembering Nik Featuring Murray Louis & Phyllis Lamhut April 30 | 8 pm In this cel...

In Performance: Meg Stuart, Philipp Gehmacher & Vladimir Miller – the fault lines

Meg Stuart, Philipp Gehmacher & Vladimir Miller /Damaged Goods & Mumbling Fish the fault lines Meg Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher are two celebrated choreographers, each with a very distinct style. While Stuart is known for her expressive imagery, Gehmacher’s work is more subdued. After their remarkable and fruitful cooperation in the duet MAYBE FOREVER, Stuart and Gehmacher collaborated again during the summer of 2008, on a research project for Sommerszene 08 in Salzburg. For this occasion they invited visual artist Vladimir Miller, residing in Berlin. The three artists were so inspired by their collaboration that they decided to develop the fault lines into a performance installation, which will had its world première during SPRINGDANCE 2010. In the fault lines two bodies and their...

In Performance: Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm (NYC)

Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm Performance Space 122 Saturday, May 15 – Thursday, May 27 Wed – Sat at 8pm, Sun at 6pm Late Shows at 10pm: Saturday, May 22 + Thursday, May 27 An episodic series of performance that dissects the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs, taking the format of legendary talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, which starred lesbian icon Dinah Shore. Never fear – VAGINAL DAVIS isn´t assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex – she’s autopsying a TV staple, and re-animating it with a pantheon of live and Skype guests from various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art; guests with whom she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and c...

In Performance: Whispering Pines 10 – Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett (NYC)

The Kitchen presents Whispering Pines 10, new work by artist Shana Moulton and musician Nick Hallett, Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17 at 8pm The Kitchen 512 West 19th Street Tickets are $10. The Kitchen will present the premiere of Whispering Pines 10. The piece is the latest in video and performance artist Shana Moulton’s ongoing video serial about Cynthia, an anxiety-ridden hypochondriac whose constant search for health and happiness leads her to fad cures and new age kitsch, creating situations in turn comic, contemplative, and surreal. Moulton collaborates with composer-vocalist Nick Hallett to transform the work into a live electronic chamber opera, woven out of pop melodies, extended vocal techniques, alternative sound controllers and a flexible instrumentation performed by Hall...

In Performance: Big Art Group TAKES OVER Abrons Art Center April 15-18, 2010(NYC)

To celebrate 10 years of innovative work, Big Art Group takes over all three Abrons Art Center performance spaces with projects past, present, and future. April 15-18, 2010 Abrons Art Center Henry Street Settlement 466 Grand Street, NYC t:212.598.0400 f:212.505.8329 www.abronsartscenter.org 10 Years of Big Art Video THE SLEEP in the Experimental (NYC Premiere) April 15-18, 2010 at 7:00pm $15 The Sleep mixes early cinema techniques, magic lantern, concept album and Big Art Group’s Real Time Film technique into a live see-though movie adapted from M. P. Shiel’s 1901 story, “The Purple Cloud,” in which a lone explorer races to the North Pole while a poison purple cloud covers the earth. His subsequent return to the remnants of civilization drives him into a crisis of being, in a classic...

In Performance: Wooster Group Curates PS 122 Avant-Garde-Arama (NYC)

PS 122 Avant-Garde-Arama Friday, April 16 + Saturday, April 17 Doors open at 8PM $20, $15 (students/seniors) With The Wooster Group curating the latest installment of Avant-Garde-Arama! one can expect two evenings of performance shorts and a nightly party that will “simulate the effects of a finely graded hallucinogen on a hyper-intelligent brain” – Ben Brantley  The New York Times (on The Wooster Group). Each evening, of course, will be meta-framed by A.G.A! co-founder Salley May’s customary extravagant introduction and welcome. Founded in 1976, The Wooster Group is an ensemble of artists who, under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte, make work for theatre, dance, and media. The many young people who intern there and sometimes move into positions in the company ha...

In Performance: Big Art Group Releases Concept Album For NYC Premiere of The Sleep

The Sleep will be performed as part of Big Art Group‘s 10th anniversary weekend festival at Abrons Art Center in NYC April 15-18, 2010 and Big Art Group has released the concept album for the NYC premiere. Listen to one of the songs below. 06 Bronze THE SLEEP in the Experimental (NYC Premiere) April 15-18, 2010 at 7:00pm Click here for Tickets – $15 The Sleep mixes early cinema techniques, magic lantern, concept album and Big Art Group’s Real Time Film technique into a live see-though movie adapted from M. P. Shiel’s 1901 story, “The Purple Cloud,” in which a lone explorer races to the North Pole while a poison purple cloud covers the earth. His subsequent return to the remnants of civilization drives him into a crisis of being, in a classic “last man” adventure that eeri...

In Performance: Jeremy Wade & Pete Drunge – The Whirling Visitation

“The Whirling Visitation” Abrons Art Center, NYC April 9th and 10th at 8 PM Tickets 10 in advance 15 at the door. For reservations theatermania.com or 212 – 352 – 3101 “The Whirling Visitation” A spectral blur of sound and color that beckons you to enter the excess of uncertainty, Bessie Award-winner Jeremy Wade pairs up with Bessie Award-winner Pete Drunge to present an evening dedicated to the phenomenon of the sublime. “The Whirling Visitation” is hallucinogenic amalgam of music, text and movement reverencing dissonant mystic whispers, new age alien transgression, epileptic trance at twilight, psychedelic oblivion, believe it or not, guided visualizations into the unknown, and the fairy tale occult. www.jeremywade.de

Emerging: Faye Driscoll – There is so much mad in me (NYC)

Faye Driscoll There is so much mad in me (NYC) Mar 31 – Apr 3 at 7:30pm Dance Theater Workshop Pre-Show Coffee and Conversation: Mar 31 at 6:30pm Post-Show Talk Apr 2 There is so much mad in me investigates the physical and theatrical narratives that drive our misplaced need to be seen. Driscoll, with her company of dancers, ask who we are and how we connect in this time of over stimulation and look at me distraction. Working from images seen in the media of people in extreme states, from torture to religious rapture, There is so much mad in me examines the similarities between polar extremes. What are the fine lines between the abject and the sublime, voyeurism and empathy, entertainment and reality? From creating facades to seeking the divine to committing violent acts and falling in lov...

In Performance: Le Son du Nous by Philippe Starck & Soundwalk (Paris)

« Le Son du Nous » by Philippe Starck & Soundwalk March Friday 19th and Saturday 20th, 8:30PM, Festival Exit, Main Stage, MAC Créteil, France The Dalbin label, Philippe Starck and Soundwalk will present the  performance « Le Son du Nous » at MAC Creteil during the International Exit festival. Philippe Starck is known everywhere as a creator, a designer, and an architect; as a unique and polymorphous man. During this extraordinary experience, involving audience participation, we will get a rare and unique view of the artist. The New York-based sound art collective Soundwalk offers guided walks that mark the halfway point between Baudelarian wanderings and cinematographic experiences, and allow the listener to discover a city in a uniquely poetic way. Philippe Starck and Soundwalk presen...