January 08 - January 11, 2015
***NO LATE SEATING***
Co-Presented by La MaMa and Under the Radar Festival
Works-in-progress showings by members of the Devised Theater Working Group.
“The eight companies of the inaugural Devised Theater Working Group (DTWG) represent a generation of artists that is wildly diverse in their theater practice, from real-time film to the spoken word, from absurdist comedy to sci-fi concerts, these artists are creating new notions, visions, and rhythms of theater.”
- Meiyin Wang, UTR Co-Director
January 8, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 75 minutes
#ItGetsBitter is a creative interruption to contemporary queer performance. Join us for poetry, politics, and panache!
DarkMatter is a trans south asian art and activist collaboration comprised of Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon. Using poetry & polemic, tweet & tirade, DM is committed to an art practice of gender self(ie) determination, social justice, and catharsis. DarkMatter has been invited to perform across the world. You can follow their antics @darkmatterrage & darkmatterrage.com
THE MIGHTY THIRD RAIL & PUBLIQUARTET
January 8, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 30 minutes
Hip-hop poetry trio The Mighty Third Rail, and the innovative PUBLIQuartet join forces in a mashup of strings, verses, and beatboxing. The worlds of classical music and hip-hop collide in a sci-fi narrative that reimagines the Garden of Eden story and questions the nature of change and the survival of humanity in a world consumed by technology.
The Mighty Third Rail is a New York based trio that mixes the elements of hip-hop poetry, beatboxing, violin and upright bass. themightythirdrail.com
PUBLIQuartet is expanding the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. publiquartet.com
ROYAL OSIRIS KARAOKE ENSEMBLE
The Art of Luv (Part 1)
January 9, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 30 minutes
On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed 6 people and injured 13 in a rampage motivated by his lack of success with women. ROKE's newest work is a group meditation on masculinity, insecurity, and longing. It attempts to treat this wound to the body of Love, performing humanity's common search for love as we misunderstand it.
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy) [ROKE] is a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire and courtship at the end of the 20th century. Royalosiris.com
Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up
January 9, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 45 minutes
Stories of a man, his family, his guns, and his burnpile. Lucy Alibar reads pieces of her new work, "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up.”
Lucy Alibar’s work has been published in Zoetrope, Oxford American, and the Wall Street Journal. Her movie, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (an adaptation with Benh Zeitlin of her stage play, Juicy and Delicious) received the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or. For her work on “Beasts” she was nominated for the Scripter, BAFTA, and Academy Award. Upcoming “Throw Me On The Burnpile and Light Me Up” for Scribner, “The Secret Garden” for Guillermo del Toro/Universal.
THE DECONSTRUCTIVE THEATRE PROJECT
The Orpheus Variations
January 10, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 50 minutes
Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, the Deconstructive Theatre Project collides cinema, radio play, and theater vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time.
The Deconstructive Theatre Project is a Brooklyn-based ensemble creative laboratory that makes hybrid media performance work. The company is currently creating a series of works at the intersection of live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology. deconstructivetheatreproject.org
JAMES HARRISON MONACO & JEROME ELLIS
January 10, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 80 minutes
Aaron/Marie is a high speed literary and live music spectacle—part novella, part contemporary opera. A narrator and a musician lead the audience through an ongoing saga of connected stories that follows a missing roommate, an exile, and various ghosts of the Northeastern United States.
James and Jerome make theater that feels like reading a modern novel. They perform live music that evokes narrative action. They do all this at the same time, in such a way that the audience sees spectacles in their mind. jamesandjerome.org
KATHERINE BROOK + SHONNI ENELOW / TELE-VIOLET
The Power of Emotion
January 11, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 50 minutes
Inspired by theories of acting, opera divas, and the emotional grammar of performance, The Power of Emotion is a new work about the form and force of affects and emotions on the stage.
TELE-VIOLET, a theater company led by director Katherine Brook, creates performances that experiment with acting and dramatic form. katherinebrook.com, shonnienelow.com
The Most Important Thing
January 11, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 55 minutes