La Mama

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: Motus, Panorama (Under the Radar)

Motus's Panorama begins with a video of an individual trying to answer the daunting question - “Who are you?” The same person arrives on stage and continues her line of thinking live. Her body and her mediated image are both present as she attempts to describe who she is. A second person enters and does the same, a third, a forth, and so on. The game-like ritual unfolds and quickly the audience begins to understand some of the rules. The performer is to enter, sit in a chair centerstage and repeat what they said at the audition. As this continues, the game bends and flexes. The performers start to share each other’s stories. There are people in the room whose assumed identities don’t match with the words coming out of their mouths. There are recordings of people who never arrive in the roo...

In Performance: Custodians of Beauty – Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo (COIL 2017)

PS 122 COIL 2017 Custodians of Beauty Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo (NYC) La MaMa, The Downstairs 66 E 4th St Jan 5 – 8pm Jan 6 – 5pm Jan 7 – 5:30pm Jan 8 – 2pm A dancer in all black, barely visible, folds into and out of himself, his body unfurling like a flower or a fractal. A cloud of haze hangs suspended in the air and slowly makes its way towards the audience. Three figures spring from side to side before losing themselves in a driving electronic beat. Taking its title from a 2009 speech given by Pope Benedict XVI to a group of artists, Palissimo’s Custodians of Beauty puts forward a series of diverse poetic images, and through them asks us to consider the concept of beauty and our responses to it. Director/choreographer Pavel Zustiak and his collaborators create rich tableaus that linger i...