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Highlights: PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland, OR, USA)

Since 1995, PICA has championed the practice of contemporary artists from around the world, driving vital conversations about the art and issues of today. PICA presents artists from visual and performing art backgrounds and embraces those individuals who exist at the borders of mediums and ideas. Through artist residencies and exhibitions, lectures and workshops, and the annual Time-Based Art Festival, PICA constructs a broad platform for contemporary art. (pica website) Below are Contemporary Performance’s Highlights for PICA’s TBA Festival. You can view the full program on PICA’s Website Big Art Group The People—Portland Blending real-time film, live actors, and a video “chorus” of interviews with a cross-section of Portlanders, Big Art Group pushes the formal boundarie...

In Print: The State of New York City’s theatrical avant-garde…

Yesterday the Village Voice published a piece by Tom Sellar titled “The City’s Best (And Not So Best) Progressive Theater”. Its one of the only “end of the year/decade” piece to focus on  progressive/experimental/avant-garde work and companies. In it he poses… Ten years into the 21st century, it seems a fitting time to look at the state of New York City’s theatrical avant-garde. How has it evolved over the past decade? Who’s doing the most inventive work, and who’s coming up short? What exactly constitutes a vanguard these days, and where is it heading? Big Art Group, Radio Hole, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Thomas Bradshaw, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Les Freres Corbusier, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Witness Relocatio...

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...