THE SECURELY CONFERRED, VOUCHSAFED KEEPSAKES OF MAERY S. is a weekly episodic radio play that reinvents as many versions of the Frankenstein author Mary Shelley as there are definitions of the word “Gothic.”
Lately I've been reflecting on the meaning - or I should say, anti-meaning - of the words "norm" and "normal", as in: the "new normal", the "return to normal", the "erosion of norms" (e.g. Trump) etc - words that have been stacked and sliced into such a dizzying array of incongruities that everything they touch is rendered, by the mere fact of association, supremely empty.
Forced to jettison her original project due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Andrea Kleine moves into The Chocolate Factory Theater and lives in the performance space for two weeks, kicking out the staff and creating a performance that no live audience will ever see.
Celebrate the launch of STTLMNT, a new, online platform featuring 30 contemporary Indigenous artists, going live October 13th. Join moderator Prerana Reddy, A Blade of Grass Director of Programs, with organizing artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and collaborators for a preview of STTLMNT’s representation of complex, living Indigenous cultures, and the Indigenous-led new media, theory, and contemporary art “digital occupation”.
Seeking an individual with strong organization and communication skills to support key administrative needs during a 3-6 month organizational transition period. This position will report to the executive director and work closely with the leadership team.
What is a theater without a theater? A dance without a dancer? Are the bodies of the audience no longer able to feel empathy, to be moved? What do we need a dance for in these times? Is the theater the sharing of ourselves in a space? Or is it simply the agreement, the framing as such? In these times of isolation can we perceive the theater in the body? Can our bodies be our sites? What of the spaces between the audience and the stage, between our bodies? The space of transference; the space that carries the empathetic response, the being moved, the moving, the feeling, the expansion and transformation of our perception during and after the magic of the theater…: The Spell!
Justin Allen continues his 2020 ISSUE Project Room residency with the premiere of Bass (October 8) and Drums (October 15), a performance stemming from ongoing research into how to emulate, experiment with, and better understand the performance practices of punk singers. This performance is co-presented with The Chocolate Factory Theater, and will be streamed from their theater in Long Island City, New York.
Normally around this time, we’d be launching a “season” filled with “performances” for “human beings” gathering in “spaces”. Embracing the unknown unknowns* of the present (and unprecedented) moment, we’ve decided instead to simply announce the cohort of artists whose work we will support within the next 12 months.
Originally conceived as a solo performance with special appearances by Faïn’s long time collaborators (intended to premiere at The Chocolate Factory Theater in September 2020) celebrating her 60th birthday and the culmination of 40 years of research into the body/mind embodiment within architecture, language, spirituality and communal action, patch the sky with 5 colored stones will now unfold in two separate but deeply related strands.
David Neumann and Marcella Murray receive a 2020 Obie Award for the Creation and Performance of Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed