WaxFactory is a New York based multidisciplinary performance group dedicated to exploring a multiplicity of theatrical visions. Its founding members have developed and continue to nurture a hybrid approach, based on unconventional narrative styles, original dramaturgy, visual and physical rigor, technological experimentation, and site-specific work; and are committed to ensemble creations and international collaborations.
Since its formation in 1998, WaxFactory has been one of the most internationally active multidisciplinary groups to emerge from the New York downtown scene, creating new performance, installation, film and video works featuring a highly innovative blend of physical performance, audio-visual, architectural and fashion design, and an integrated use of new media and technology. Since its inception, the company has been steadfast in its commitment to creating works that bring together artists from the company’s core group in New York and abroad. WaxFactory’s current artistic directors are its founding members Ivan Talijancic and Erika Latta.
Perhaps best known for site-specific works created for a variety of unconventional locations in New York – a former cannon factory in the Long Island City, Queens (former site of the New York Center for Media Arts); an abandoned storefront in Times Square; the 250,000 sq.ft. industrial property of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn – WaxFactory has also presented work in downtown venues committed to presenting innovative, boundary-pushing work, such as the Performance Space 122, HERE, Abrons Arts Center, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Soho Rep, and New York Theatre Workshop and at festivals such as the undergroundzero, Prelude 08, Culturemart, and NYC Fringe. The company’s work has also been shown internationally at the ICA/Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austria), OLTRE90 (Milan, Italy), FIT/Festival Internacional de Teatro (Caracas, Venezuela), Bologna 2000 / Cultural Capital of Europe (Italy), MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnia), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia), among others.
The company’s works to date include SILENCE OF SNOW (1998), LULU (1999/2000), THE BLIND GARDEN (1999), MOLIERE’S MONSTER (2001), LADYFROMTHESEA (2001-2003), QUARTET (2002), CLEANSED (2003), …SHE SAID (2005), 39 FRAMES (2006), X (2007), DELIRIUM 27 (2008), BLIND.NESS (2008-2010), QUARTET v4.0 (2010), 416 MINUTES (2011-2012) along with several other collaborative projects created and developed by WaxFactory’s founders and produced by other companies in the US and abroad.