Forced Entertainment

In Performance: Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic (Coil 2017)

Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic Thursday, January 5, 6pm Friday, January 6, 3pm Saturday, January 7, 9pm Sunday, Jan 8, 12pm PS122’s COIL Festival at La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th Street, Manhattan Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic is simple. Three performers play a game where one functions as host and the others as contestants. Contestant #1 has three chances to guess a word Contestant #2 is thinking. If Contestant #1 fails to guess the word the three performers switch roles. It feels like your typical daytime game show you watch to pass time. The catch is the game has absolutely no stakes. There is no mention of prize or punishment if they win or lose. Yet the game retains all the signals of stakes. We randomly hear the sound of a canned audience laughing...

Live Streaming Now! Forced Entertainment’s -12am Awake & Looking Down

Forced Entertainment’s “12am Awake & Looking Down” Performing at PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany.   In 12 am: Awake & Looking Down, five silent performers endlessly reinvent their identities using stacks of cardboard signs with which they name themselves, and a store of jumble-sale clothing (coats, dresses, suits, anoraks, trousers, pyjamas) from which they dress and re-dress. This catalogue of names range from LOST LISA and VALENTINA TERESHKOVA to ELVIS PRESLEY (THE DEAD SINGER) and THE MAN WHO WENT TOO FAR. The piece lasts anywhere between 6 and 11 hours and — as in other durational works by the company — the audience are free to arrive, depart and return at any point. 12 am… is a physical and visual performance that explores the relation between object and...

Books: Devising Performance: A Critical History

The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: “What is devised theatre?”; “Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?” and “How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?”

Books: Staging the Screen – The Use of Film and Video in Theatre

The use of film and video is commonplace in contemporary theatre, viewed by some as contaminating theatre’s ‘liveness’, by others as inevitable and desirable. After tracing the history of current approaches back to early practitioners such as Méliès, Painlévé and Piscator, Staging the Screen explores in detail recent productions by Svoboda, the Wooster Group, Forkbeard Fantasy, Forced Entertainment, Station House Opera, and Lepage. It charts the impact of developing technologies and addresses critical issues raised by multi-media and intermedia work. Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Theatre by: Greg Giesekam Table of Contents: Introduction: Contamination or Remediation? European Pioneers: Magic vs. Realism Polysceicness: Josef Svoboda and Laterna Magika Po...

In Performance: Forced Entertainment – The Coming Storm (Vienna, Austria)

The Coming Storm Forced Entertainment Tanzquartier Wien 5.10.-6.10.2012 Vienna, Austria     In this new work Forced Entertainment – international innovators of contemporary theatre – tangle and cross-cut multiple stories to make a compelling and unstable performance. From love and death to sex and laundry, from shipwrecks to falling snow, personal anecdotes rub shoulders with imaginary movies, and half-remembered novels bump into distorted fairytales. Using a method as inventive as it is absurd, six performers create, collaborate, ambush and disrupt this epic saga that is resolutely too big for the stage. The result is comical, contradictory and poignant; full of wrongheaded tricks, broken dances, sleazy drum interruptions and perfunctory piano accompaniment – featuring live musi...

Books: Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure

[amazonify]0415585651[/amazonify]What does it mean to “fail” in performance? How might staging failure reveal theatre’s potential to expand our understanding of social, political and everyday reality? What can we learn from performances that expose and then celebrate their ability to fail? In Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure, Sara Jane Bailes begins with Samuel Beckett and considers failure in performance as a hopeful strategy. She examines the work of internationally acclaimed UK and US experimental theatre companies Forced Entertainment, Goat Island and Elevator Repair Service, addressing accepted narratives about artistic and cultural value in contemporary theatre-making. Her discussion draws on examples where misfire, the accidental and the intentionally amate...

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...