Under the Radar Festival

In Performance: Thunderstorm 2.0 (Under the Radar)

Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental & Wang Chong reimagine Cau Yu’s Thunderstorm, a cornerstone of 20th-century Chinese drama. Thunderstorm 2.0 uses real-time video editing to adapt the source text into a cutting examination of gender, class, and legacy. The audience watches a fully composed film on a screen and simultaneously witnesses the film being made in front of them on stage. Performers scramble on stage in a furious dash to play characters, shoot footage, and manage every detail on set in an effort to create a stark and emotionally evocative silent film. The images are fully scored and narrated live by Pingtan Musicians Jiang Xiaobo and Xie Yan. Tradition, media, and story all collide as Thunderstorm 2.0 honors and critiques a canonical text.

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: 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...