The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas
Created and performed by Arturo Vidich
Additional Direction by Enrico D. Wey
Costume by Kae Burke
Construction Assistance by Emma Fitzgerald, Jon Harper, Aki Sasamoto, Joseph Vidich, Luis Violante, Enrico D Wey
Production Assistance by Greta Hartenstein
Additional Object by Joe Levasseur

Presented by New York Live Arts
Jan 24-26 2013 at 7:30PM
Off-site at The Invisible Dog Art Center

Called “…a singularly captivating dancer…” both “[f]ierce and smart…” by The New York Times, Vidich’sThe Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas is a piece about work. As the creator and performer, Vidich assumes both the mythical persona of Daedalus, the taciturn engineer who invented the labyrinth, and Icarus, his ill-fated son, as metaphors for perils of the production process. It is a solo dance performance with objects, which are placed on equal footing with the performer. As Vidich realizes that he is an ‘Arturo’ object he delivers the show into the realm of auto-fiction.

Over forty modular objects and structures, mostly designed and built by Vidich, will populate the ground floor of The Invisible Dog Arts Center and be used as improvisational dance scores. Philosophically, these “objects” are an excreted set of cultural agreements, i.e., raw materials transcribed into realized ideas. These structures are texts that can be “read” and enunciated by the performer’s body. Vidich will tangle them into iconographic bricolages though a process of physio-linguistic affinity, similar to how atomic valences help form molecular structures. Like booby trap puzzle pieces, idiosyncratic combinations of these objects will generate physical dilemmas for the performer during each show, and prompt strings of full-body gestures. Through improvisational interactions with the structures, Vidich will develop a vernacular that can, in the moment, inspire others toward a heuristic relationship with their own material world.

Rather than using traditional theatrical lighting instruments, the lighting will be constructed from scratch and integrated with the objects, which maintains one of the central themes: the DIY perspective. Some of the objects move autonomously, providing an internal structure to the mostly improvisational performance. Audience members will be encouraged to remove their shoes to feel the glossy white floor, and move around the space in order to follow the performance (and to avoid becoming objects in the performer’s path). Chairs will be available upon request.

The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas is commissioned by New York Live Arts and made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is given by contributors to The Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts. The Daedalus Effect and other dilemmas was developed through the Studio Series artist residency at New York Live Arts (2011-2012), and the Risk + Reward artist residency organized by Jake Yuzna at the Museum of Arts and Design (Fall 2012).

Schedule of Related Events:

Jan 25 Stay Late Mixer: Constraints, Autofiction, and The Performative Object moderated by Stephen Greco

More info: arturovidich.com/?page_id=122

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