The Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble

In Performance: Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s The Art of Luv (Part 1) at Under the Radar Festival’s Incoming! Series

  Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble is a “musical priesthood” composed of Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, dedicated to exploring “the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship at the end of the 20th century.” Operating from within an aesthetic territory of 1970s instructional videos, New Age music, home movies, and kitsch, glossed with metallic gold paint, ROKE’s performances are framed as rituals for the modern age. The Art of Luv (Part 1) is a response to the May 2014 misogyny-driven killing spree of Elliot Rodgers, “performing humanity’s common search for love even as we misunderstand it.” Beginning with the language of guided meditation, Luv creates a space of calm and consideration, which ROKE then exploits to take the audience on a slyly uncomfortable and disconcerting t...

In Performance: Prelude13 (NYC)

Prelude13 October 2-4, 2013 Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY celebrates the tenth anniversary of PRELUDE, a festival dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theater and performance. As it has for the past decade, PRELUDE.13 features an array of artists working in theatrical, interdisciplinary and mediatized performance, giving audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process presentations, open rehearsals, and discussions — all completely for free. PRELUDE.13: FORWARD features an amalgam of artists who have shaped the past decade and who occupy a promising place in the decade to come. How are these artists thinki...