Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) Presents
a new opera in five episodes
Thursday April the 26th Friday the 27th and Saturday April the 28th 2012
all @ 8pm
Tickets online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/228467
184 Eldridge Street, NYC (J/M/Z/F to Delancey)
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.panoplylab.org/nature.html and http://www.naturefetish.wordpress.com
NATURE FETISH is new opera: new opera is a rat-man hybrid thriving across field and street and woods and desert, unaware that he is being watched, eating the scraps that have fallen down onto the tracks, squeaking in extended techniques at the top of his lungs.
PPL are stretched taut across disciplines, we are human animals sniffing transhuman butts, we are anhingas simmering in salty grease, we are attempting to possess/objectify and be possessed by/be objectified by the “nature of nature,” as it all rots and streams in gluey rivulets through our fingers: we set out as scientists and have returned home de-anthropomorphized, clinging to five distinct aural performance theories: each episode embodying a theoretical cluster of senses and nonsenses regarding the “nature of nature.” These theoretical frameworks for the five episodes were built from human “fetishes,” or projected desires for the existence/agency/forms/forces of “nature,” and were sought/defined/constructed through five public workshops at University Settlement. A brief documentary video of this process can be seen at: vimeo.com/33440068. We then translated each stream of theory into process-based, often participatory, sometimes theatricalized frameworks and sequences of notated and aleatoric music, text, actions, and images. Lawful and logical natures, ecosystemic natures, chaotic natures, the wilds of conception are as thick with thorns as they are with edible berries. Saxophone, guitar, violin, turntables, electronics, clarinet, percussion, voices, flute, feet, fuschia fog, iceberg lettuce.
Collaborating Performers for the development of this project are: Jessica Bathurst (vox), Arla Berman (vox), Cory Bracken (percussion, vox), Katie Johnston (vox), Brian McCorkle (piano, keyboard, electronics, violin, vox), Natasha Missick (vox), Ellen O’Meara (saxophone, flute, percussion, vox), Esther Neff (vox, object manipulation), Michael Newton (actor/dancer), and Dave Ruder (clarinet, banjo, objects, vox). The libretto, direction, and design is by Esther Neff, composition is by Brian McCorkle, both were written/notated in collaboration with the developing performers and the public participants in the Focus Workshops.
Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) is an interdisciplinary performance collective formed by Esther Neff and co-directed with Brian McCorkle. We create original “documentary,” “folk,” “experimental” operas with a diverse array of collaborators, from all disciplines, fields, and walks of life, forming collaborations with new music ensemble ThingNY, the African Cultural Group and Performer Stammtisch in Berlin, students at LaGuardia Community College, eXPLORATORIUM in Munich, Science Project in Tokyo, and Dimanche Rouge in Paris, to name a few. PPL has worked in Swing Space from LMCC (14 Wall Street), two chashama spaces (37th and 42nd Sts), and were in residence for two years at Surreal Estate, a 50-person arts and activism collective. Our public opera projects have included a three part trilogy called The Transformational Grammar of the Institutional Glorybowl (which included Schooled and Unschooled, devised with teachers and current elementary school students, Workforce/Forced Work devised with labor activists and employees of all kinds, and Institute_Institut developed through public workshops to explore conceptions of institutionality/institutionalization), The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of The Feminism Once and For All, On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians, Cultur(e)ality: Loud is the Oral Diary of the Western World and (with ThingNY), TIME: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts. Other projects include films (In the Company of Eshu with Godwin Obeng), installations, a miniature museum (The Silviculture Museum), video, and many performance art pieces and actions. Projects have unfolded at IV Soldiers Gallery, The Brecht Forum, The Brick Theater, Exapno, Vaudeville Park, The Cell, Gathering of the Tribes Gallery, Dixon Places old and new, University of the Streets, University Settlement, BAX, the Hudson Guild Theater, The West End Theatre, The Battle Ranch, Manhattan Theatre Source, during FIGMENT on Governor’s Island, at Grand Central Station, during STOREFRONT Gallery’s Public Summer at Industry City, during Arts in Bushwick (SITE, and BETA 2009, 2010, 2011) at BOB the Pavilion at Columbia University, in a pop-up gallery in Queens, simultaneously in Frankfurt, GE and Prospect Park Brooklyn, on the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest is held in Munich, GE, The New World Arts Center in Indiana, and many other sites and venues elsewhere. PPL also curates the PERFORMANCY FORUM, a platform for hybrid performance acts, and organizes performance conferences.
Developmental support for this project includes fiscal sponsorship from Artspire, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Materials for the Arts, The Compendium (Vaudeville Park, Spread Art, ThingNY, The22 Magazine, The Super Coda, and the Panoply Performance Laboratory), developmental and residency support from the Performance Project @ University Settlement, New Voices in Live Performance at the Center for Performance Research (CPR), the Social Practices Arts Network (SPAN), and individual contributions both in-kind and monetary.
For videos of the past work by the PPL, please visit vimeo.com/panoplylab
We hand out press comps like Jolly Ranchers, take one! Take four! Simply e-mail us: Brian McCorkle at 269-317-5394 or email@example.com or Esther Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org.