In Performance

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...

In Performance: Almeida Theatre’s Game (London)

Game follows the story of a family who’s made a devil’s bargain in exchange for a beautiful new home. Designer Miriam Buether has transformed the Almedia: four audience seating roosts kitted out in camouflage like overgrown duck blinds surround a central performance space, which is alternately revealed and hidden by electronic blinds. The family’s tormentors, a warden who manages the visitors and a rotating parade of characters who are familiar yet vaguely appalling types, appear by turn in each of the seating areas, allying themselves with the audience. Three flat-screen monitors deliver mostly-live footage of the action, allowing the audience a close-up look at all the players of the game. Because the sound is delivered via headphones, the lack of directionality sometime makes it difficu...

In Performance: Half Straddle’s Ancient Lives at The Kitchen (NYC)

In Tina Satter’s newest flickeringly emotional landscape a high school elocution teacher, Paula, (Elevator Repair Service veteran Lucy Taylor) absconds to the woods with three devoted students, where they establish their utopia. There they encounter Morris (Jess Barbagallo), a male witch (or tiny warlock?) who introduces them to the world of broadcast media. Our friends in the woods communicate largely by quoting Paula’s holy texts at and to each other. Paula’s curriculum includes Romeo and Juliet, Walden, and The Crucible. To audiences who caught Satter’s Seagull (Thinking of You) these appropriations of dramatic chestnuts will be familiar, and given the sophistication and abandon with which Satter operates in this mode, deeply exciting. Watching Ancient Lives, I was reminded that Satter’...

In Performance: Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE at PS122’s COIL Festival

Putting James Turrell’s immaculate neon-and-fog aesthetic through a glitched-out performance art blender, Andrew Schneider’s latest virtuoso display of light and sound athleticism is a breakneck tour of quantum physics theory with a sudden and decisive turn toward the supernatural. Schneider (who recently left his post as a performer and designer at The Wooster Group) performs with an assurance and fluidity that belies the sophistication of the mechanics behind his performance: an army of micro-controllers operating minutely tuned lighting and sound cues, characterized by extreme precision. Watching Schneider, the feeling is of witnessing an enormously complex machine executing a complicated task—and the machine is breaking down. YOUARENOWHERE reveals Andrew Schneider to be among the most ...

Opportunities: Open Call For Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2014 (NYC)

About the Program Movement Research at the Judson Church is a high visibility, low-tech forum on Monday nights throughout the fall/winter and spring seasons. Movement Research at the Judson Church supports experiments in performance rather than finished products. Proposals are reviewed by a rotating committee of artists. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on September 30, 2013 Basic tech info/specs: There is only standard (non-theatrical) lighting and a sound system that plays cassette tapes CDs, and mp3 players. No other technical equipment will be available for use unless you provide and operate that equipment independently. The dance floor dimensions are 46’7” wide by 49’5” deep. This measurement does not include the altar, audience, or back of house. How To Apply Spring 2...

In Performance: David Commander’s New Toy Theater (NYC)

David Commander New Toy Theater Dixon Place 161 Chrystie St.  New York, NY 10002 September 17th, 2013  at 7:30pm – One night only. TICKETS: $12.00, students and seniors: $10.00   Amidst a cavalcade of cameras, sampled sound effects, voice modulators, action figures, and miniature worlds made out of cardboard, David Commander weaves three original stories of epic proportions. This is New Toy Theater, darkly humorous vignettes projected larger than life tell the stories of a plane crash, massive food waste, and the 1819 sinking of the whale ship Essex. Commander recontextualizes various toys of science fiction icons into profoundly dysfunctional characters while he wrestles with juggling multiple tasks at once, presenting a chaotic performance alongside the spectacle of the projected im...

In Performance: deufert&plischke Europe Endless (NYC)

Europe Endless deufert&plischke 09/12/13 @ 7:00pm Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building 5 East 3rd Street New York, NY 10003 FREE Berlin-based performance artists Kattrin Deufert and Thomas Plischke will perform Europe Endless, part of their choreo-cinematographic series entitledDirectory. This double portrait guides spectators through fragmented milestones of their lives, examining themes of loss and mourning, identity, and gender troubles. Departing from childhood memories, it travels through family history and artistic development, journeying from the countryside of Bavaria, to Berlin, the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and Bologna. Directory: Europe Endless finishes with their meeting in Brussels in 2001, where the two merge into the artistwin deufert&plischke. Kattrin Deufert and Thomas ...

In Performance: Object Collection’s No Hotel (NYC)

Object Collection’s No Hotel September 7—22, 2013 @ 8pm Tickets: $18 general Incubator Arts Project (located inside St. Mark’s Church) 131 East 10th  Street  New York, NY Object Collection returns to the Incubator Arts Project with a bold new opera tackling the suspension and simulation of life. Object Collection’s No Hotel is an opera about hotels, films, and bad behavior. The piece channels the split-screen experience of Warhol’s “Chelsea Girls” – a pre-produced film runs side-by-side with the live performance. The script from one is performed in reverse in the other. Accompanied by a live ensemble, No Hotel is an opera unlike any other: part theater, part film, part aggressive noise, part delicate chamber music. No Hotel is collectively conceived by K...

In Performance: Jeremy Wade/XIU XIU/Monika Grzymala – Dark Material (Hamburg, DE)

Dark Material Jeremy Wade/XIU XIU/Monika Grzymala. Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel – P1 Thu, 08.08.2013 19:00 Fri, 09.08.2013 19:00 Sat, 10.08.2013 19:00 Sun, 11.08.2013 19:00 Tickets–> Dark Material is a concert of three genres where bodies, sound and drawing meet in the live production of lines in time and space. Internationales Sommerfestival brought together visual artist Monika Grzymala, American choreographer Jeremy Wade and Jamie Stewart of XIU XIU who share an obsessive fascination with details highlighting the fractions and cracks of their artistic material, finding beauty in its fragility and roughness. In a series of material studies, music, drawing and dance exchange, ride and overlay various linear principles that are deducted from physical and emotional impu...