Interview

Noel Allain (Bushwick Star) – Episode 02.08 SLC Performance Lab

Noel Allain is the Co-Founder / Artistic Director of Bushwick Star. Noel is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Juilliard School's Drama Division. As an actor, he has performed in various theater, television, and film productions in and out of New York City.

Catch up with the Performance Lab Podcast Season 2

The SLC Performance Lab is produced by ContemporaryPerformance.com and the Sarah Lawrence College MFA Theatre Program. Each month a visiting artist to the MFA Theatre Program's Grad Lab is interviewed. Grad Lab is one of the core components of the program where graduate students work with guest artists and develop group-generated performance pieces monthly. This year we interviewed 9 Artists, Organizers, and Curators.

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 organized by Contemporary Performance Network. 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 contemporary performing artists and companies redefining relationships with audience and pushing the formal relationships of architecture, artist, and audience. For this paper the Think Tank chose five areas on the forefront of this research to explore; Contemporary Choreography, Mixed Reality Performance, Performance Cabaret, Immersive Theatre, and Social Engaged Art. Each section of this paper includes an in...

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 Artist Award, an Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance and is frequently recognized by Time Out New York as a Top Ten Cabaret Artist. She was listed in Artforum's Top Ten Best Music of 2016. Her musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, co-composed with Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman, premiered at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016 and was co-presented by Abrons and American Realness Festival. Iri...

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...

Interview: Sara Lyons on her adaptation of “I’m Very Into You” by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark

I’m Very Into You Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark Adapted and Directed by Sara Lyons Nov. 9-11 In 1995, the writers Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark met at a conference in Australia and had a brief, passionate affair. Wark lived in Sydney, Acker in San Francisco, so after Acker’s return to the United States they continued their correspondence via the emerging technology of email. This correspondence was recently collected and published in a volume titled I’m Very Into You, and now Sara Lyons, a John Wells Directing Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, has adapted I’m Very Into You for the stage in an original production opening this week. I sat down with Sara over a cup of tea to discuss her adaptation, the limits of language, queering binaries, and spreading the good fucking word about ...

Interview: Mårten Spångberg

This spring, the Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg premiered a new performance, The Planet (late at night), created for the exhibition Six Weeks, in Time at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, on view from March 26–May 8, 2016. The performance was part of an expanded choreography of objects—including, among other materials, a Polaroid camera, a pile of dirt, three pizza boxes, three Harley Davidson motorcycle gas tanks, and five stretched canvases left in the forest for eighteen months physically marked by the duration—that might be described as an installation within a gallery, but which Spångberg identifies as “a concept, a machine that produces indetermination.” Three times throughout the exhibition dancers became part of this field of indeterminacy, moving amongst the scattered obj...

Interview: Tina Satter – Girlhood, Adolescence and Framing Intangible Moments

Tina Satter is a Brooklyn-based writer and director who makes plays, performances and videos. She is Artistic Director of the theater and performance ensemble Half Straddle, whose work has been presented nationally and internationally. Honors include a Doris Duke Impact Artist Award (2014), an Obie Award (2013) and being named “Off-Off Broadway Innovators to Watch” by Time Out New York (2011). Her most recent show, Ancient Lives, premiered at The Kitchen in January 2015. I spoke on the phone with Tina in October. We discussed Tina’s path to performance, the founding of Half Straddle and how Tina makes these shows that seem to capture the feeling and the essence of girlhood. Eleanor Bishop: Could tell me about your history as a theater artist and how you got started? Tina Satter: I was not...

Interview: Lars Jan of Early Morning Opera

Lars Jan is a director, designer, writer and media artist, and founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera, the multidisciplinary performance + art lab behind HOLOSCENES, previous works including ABACUS and A SUICIDE BOMBING BY INVITATION ONLY, and the upcoming THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (Under the Radar 2016) . His work has received major support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC; Troy, NY), and has been presented by The Whitney Museum, BAM Next Wave Festival, and Sundance Film Festival among others. Where did you grow up? I grew up outside Boston in a little town called Marshfield. It’s sort of idyllic in the sense that there are lots of marshes and fields. It’s a place that is progressively blue collar. Sort of diverse and inclusive. A little left leaning ...

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...

Interview: the Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa

  On the occasion of their USA premiere of EYES, a theatrical-musical journey based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, this weekend at Between the Seas Festival, we are discussing with Lily Ovadiah, member of the Jaffa Theater – The Arab-Hebrew Theatre Center. Excerpts from an interview to Flavia Zaganelli Tell us more about the performance you are bringing at Between the Seas Festival. How was it created? What inspired it? Jaffa Theatre is a theatre that deals with the question of meetings between the Jewish culture and the Arab culture. The idea is to meet “the other” through culture. Mahmoud Darwish is the most popular poet among the Palestinians. The Israeli Jews don’t know his poetry; they only know that he was a member in the P.L.O. 15 years ago, one of his poems was in the high ...

Featured: Sway Youngston (Austin, TX, USA)

Sway Youngston, a recent addition to the Austin, Texas performance art scene, is a founding member of the Houston performance art group, Continuum and has been performing since 2009. She loves to perform nude when possible in an attempt to overcome fear of vulnerability and to desexualize the female form. What initially got you involved in performance art? I was in a poetry course at The University of Houston with Julia Wallace. She mentioned Performance Art Lab, a class she was taking there. Some of the folks from that class were doing a performance they called Sexy Attack that sounded like a lot of fun, so I joined them for a few performances. After a while, Julia asked if I would like to create my own piece. So in 2009 at Notsuoh, I did my first original performance, “Not MineR...

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