Contemporary Performance

In Performance: p r i s m (Prototype)

p r i s m Composed by Ellen Reid Libretto by Roxie Perkins Directed by James Darrah Music Directed by Julian Wachner Prototype, La MaMa January 6-12, 2019 CW: Sexual assault, rape, PTSD p r i s m is an opera about trauma. It is an exploration of coping, of recounting – of learning how to heal, how to find language again. We begin in a white, cut out square of a room. Our two characters lie asleep in bed dressed in long white gowns that speak of an imaginary mental hospital. Two walls are cut away to allow us into the cramped and intimate world of mother and daughter, psychological abuser and abused. Lumee at first seems to be taking care of her daughter Bibi – and Lumee is the one keeping her locked in this small room – but we quickly move into a ripping vocal exchange as Lumee blames, caj...

In Performance: Atlanta Eke, Body of Work (COIL)

  Body of Work Atlanta Eke COIL Festival, Performance Space New York January 10-11, 2018 With Body of Work, Australian choreographer Atlanta Eke has created an offbeat meditation on time and space, reifying and redefining the present moment over and over again over the course of an hour. While the piece is technically a solo, it might be more accurately described as a duet between performer Ivey Wawn and a camera which gazes at her from the threshold between audience and stage. With her image projected live onto two human-sized projection screens onstage, Wawn meets the camera’s gaze directly, moving and engaging with her own body doubles until our eyes get lost in loops of visual logic and reason. Wawn’s presence is precise and elegant as she progresses through movement scores with a...

5 Currents In Contemporary Performance To Know (Free PDF)

Each year Currents 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 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 introduction to the specific practice, a conversation with an artist, and a list of artists working in and around the specific practice. Currents is published by Contemporary Performance and edited by Caden Manson...

Almanac13: Deborah Leiser-Moore (Melbourne, Australia)

KaBooM KaBooM is a physical performance event – its subject is War. KaBooM is based on real stories of ex-soldiers who have fought on the frontline: Fabrice, a child soldier from Burundi, who hid in lakes to escape machetes wielding hoards; Majid, who deserted after 10 years in Saddam Hussein’s army; Ivor, who, as a 16 year old escaped the Holocaust to fight for his family in the Pacific Islands along with a guardian monkey.   Each of the 7 tales serves as a basis for 7 leading theatre directors to create a theatrical response – using the body of one female performer and an arsenal of contemporary theatrical weapons – projections, aerial work, pulsing sound track.  Like a contemporary Scheherazade this performer functions as the central storyteller, adding an original feminine ...

Almanac13: Branch Nebula, Matt Prest & Clare Britton (Sydney, Australia)

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from the book Contemporary Performance Almanac 2013, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2012/2013 season available for touring now. WHELPING BOX Provocative and intelligent, visceral and strange: Whelping Box is a breeding ground for wild things; for dogs and gods. Two male performers take up their positions in an intimate 10m x 10m arena, with the audience at close proximity, and engage in a series of tasks seemingly design to test their limits and to strip themselves of civility. Through feats of endurance, absurd rituals and idiosyncratic mythmaking, they map out a restless and aggressive initiation. Like athletes or shamans, they are the audience’s guides, guinea pigs and preachers...

Highlights: ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival #30 (Vienna, Austria)

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival #30 11.7.2013 – 11.8.2013 Vienna, Austria What does an over-sized blue elephant and an Oscar winner have in common? How does a contemporary “Schuhplattler“ open new perspectives on folk dance? Who sings of nature, standing half naked in a chilly leafy forest? And to which beats does Harlem actually shake, why is Greenwhich Village not moved by this, and what’s that all got to do with Vienna, anyway!? This and a lot more is going to be explored by the 30th edition of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, in more than 50 productions, from July 11 until August 11, 2013. As of immediately, tickets can be bought online at www.impulstanz.com! ImPulsTanz #30 will be opened on July 9 at 9.15pm by Trajal Harrell & Friends ...

Featured: Paul D C Kindersley (UK)

According to the British artist Paul Kindersley, the performance element in his work is, if not acted out, always suggested in his pieces. ‘They are props, which could be left over or yet to be used in some ritual. Objects placed in relation to one another, suggesting an intertwined movement or dialogue. They are pieces that long for something or someone, desiring a completion. Offering but never fulfilling a suggested narrative, one that can only be completed when the work re-enters a shared culture imagination, the interaction with the prop leaving behind a lingering residue. The hand and its marks are ever present, suggesting an interactivity and impermanence.’ I was introduced to Kindersley’s work earlier this year. I admired the relevance of both his live and video performances, in pa...

Highlights: Black Box Marstrand Festival (Norway)

Gisèle Vienne (FR) I Apologize «I Apologize» was born out of an accident reconstruction. This reconstruction is the basis from which derive several versions of the same event, in order to define its truth and reality. These various versions take on a blurred identity, somewhere between the representation of a real event and the representation of a fantasy, and are the foundation of the structure of the play, a reflection on reality, and of the possible representations of reality. A young man is in charge of these different versions of reality, by directing a man and a woman, both baroque and rock icons, and twenty-odd young girls, all aged around twelve, represented by articulated dolls. Confusion slowly creeps in our perception of reality, which thus appears as a world of approximations a...