Performance

10 Socially Engaged Art Practitioners to Know: 2. Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. Founded in 1993 as a result of the vision of local African-American artists wanting a positive creative presence in their own community, PRH shifts the view of art from traditional studio practice to a more conceptual base of transforming the social environment. Central to the vision of PRH is the social role of art as seen in neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, community service, and youth education. The programs of PRH are built around Five Pillars inspired by the work of internationally renowned artist John Biggers and his principles concerning the components of row house commu...

Performance Cabaret: In Conversation with Erin Markey

Erin Markey makes music, shows and videos. She has shown work at Under the Radar Festival, A.R.T., New Museum, PS 122, New York City Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, UCBeast, Bard Spiegeltent, Tasmania's Festival of Voices, San Francisco Film Society and frequently at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.  She is the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant, a NYFA Cutting Edge Artist Award, an Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance and is frequently recognized by Time Out New York as a Top Ten Cabaret Artist. She was listed in Artforum's Top Ten Best Music of 2016.  Her musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, co-composed with Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman, premiered at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016 and was co-presented by Abrons and American Realness Festival. Iri...

Interview with Jen Rosenblit: Performing Process and Problematics

Jen Rosenblit has been making performance in New York City since 2005. Her Bessie Award-winning work questions intimacy inside of problematic spaces, uniting choreographies, text, and design towards philosophical quandaries. Her work has been commissioned by The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace, and others, and she has been a resident artist with Movement Research, LMCC, and others. Clap Hands was recently presented at the 2017 American Realness Festival at Abrons Arts Center, and Jen and I sat down after the closing performance to discuss the piece. The following is an excerpt of our conversation. — Sara Lyons: Tell me about the development of Clap Hands. What were your initial questions? Jen Rosenblit: Early on I was reading a lot of [Lauren] Berlant, and she said: “The reorga...

In Performance: Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Play (Out There Festival)

Thank You For Coming: Play Faye Driscoll Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) “The book of the show is not yet written,” Faye Driscoll intones as she welcomes a small group of audience members onto the stage. The show’s interactive opening sequence has the feel of a ritual: the performers sit chanting in a clean, gallery-esque space, surrounded by neatly-arrayed props and costumes. Audience members are invited to stand around an altar-like table and to contribute a word or two to be used later in the performance. Since this operation, completed in small groups, takes a not insignificant amount of time, spectators can relax into the cycle of chanting and watch the precise, repetitive tableaux created by performers as they move from their separate squares to pose at the front of the stage....

In Performance: Nicola Gunn, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017)

  Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (COIL 2017) Nicola Gunn Jan 11 – 8:30pm Jan 12 – 8:30pm Jan 13 – 7:30pm Jan 14 – 5pm The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ LaMaMa – 66 East 4th Street, NY NY Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is Australian performer Nicola Gunn’s subversively funny moral quandry-turned-solo show. At the outset, Gunn recounts directly to us a true story: once in the not-too-distant past, while running alongside a canal in Belgium, she came upon a man throwing rocks at a sitting duck. Paralyzed by the scene, she asked herself, what should a good person do? Like any question of right and wrong, Gunn’s work is deceptively simple. Bit by bit, she carefully asks us to consider each aspect of this situation: she’s a woman, he’s a man; she’s in a foreign country, he may be ...

In Performance – Kate McIntosh, Worktable (COIL 2017)

  Kate McIntosh Worktable January 5-7, 12-8pm January 8, 11-7pm January 9, 12-8pm COIL 2017 The Invisible Dog Art Center 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn Destruction and renewal are the central themes of Kate MctIntosh’s remarkable installation, Worktable, however the piece also inspires thoughts on legacy, process, and power within artistic expression. Simple in conception but exceptional in its execution, the experience consists of a series of rooms through which participants are led one at a time. Participants choose an object from a well-curated selection of domestic pieces (porcelain figures, globes, cut flowers, etc) and are led to a private room where they are instructed to destroy it as thoroughly as they wish (hammers, saws, scissors and more provided.) When satisfied, partic...

Opportunities: Open Call Tempting Failure (UK)

Deadline  Midnight 22nd June 2014 Tempting Failure is a platform for Live Art, Noise Art and Performance Art, it was created to raise the profile of artists who choose to actively engage with risk within their practice, find it hard to be programmed in a supportive manner, or as established artists would like to challenge preconceived notions of their artwork or any given enquiry. Tempting Failure’s ethos elevates, promotes and celebrates their work; fostering artistic networks through a legacy of support, collaboration, open discussion and education. Tempting Failure is keen to hear from any artist who actively engages with risk.  We particularly wish to engage with proposals from Noise Artists, Body Artists, One-on-One makers, Installation or Transient pieces, Performance Artists (...

Almanac13: NO SHOW: Bridget Balodis + Mark Pritchard (Melbourne, Australia)

NO SHOW: Bridget Balodis + Mark Pritchard (Melbourne, Australia)  NO SHOW: Bridget Balodis + Mark Pritchard. NO SHOW is the joint project of two independent theatre directors investigating new ways of telling stories in live spaces. We create interactive and immersive theatre experiences, striving to engage generously with urgent contemporary questions and create meaningful encounters with audiences. We’re stripping our theatre craft back to its roots in myth, ritual, and the power of the live, shared experiences. Our works reimagine contemporary rituals as performative encounters, drawing the audience into the reconstruction and deconstruction of clichés and dominant mythologies, exposing the roots, desires and power structures within them. Our theatre is communal, provocative, inventive,...

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: Aphids (Melbourne, 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. Thrashing Without Looking Thrashing Without Looking is an experiential, intimate work that combines performance and live cinema to deliver a one-night-stand of condensed love-story clichés that point to our increasingly mediated relationship with one another and ourselves. Created by the audience, for the audience, it involves video goggles, champagne and a lot of loud music. While one part of the audience creates the performance with the artists, the remaining audience members experience the event through video goggles that capture a live video feed. The ...

Almanac13: AñA Wojak (Lismore, 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. sincerely yours, Love Letter Project love letters, written or never sent received or perceived lost love found love true love tainted love pure love longing love their love your love words of love hand and ink tracing the heart  across paper…   sincerely yours, The Love Letter Project was initiated in August 2013 whilst the Very Terry Reid Award Artist in Residency at BigCi, Australia, with a callout on social media for hand written love letters to be sent to a small country post office, in the mountains west of Sydney. Each day for two weeks I rode ...

Almanac13 : Emmanuel Hernandez (Las Varillas – Córdoba, Argentin)

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. IRRITABLE The objective of this action is to develop a process of production where the different periods and situations that people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome go through, can be shown. Description: He starts sitting down on a wooden box in front of a mirror with a rope tied to his neck. The other extreme of the rope goes into a hole in the wooden box. Then he changes different kinds of masks. He gets around the room until the length of the rope allows him. Behind the mirror, there is an axe. When he picks it up, he starts breaking the top of ...