AvantGarden Houston, Nov 2012 - April 2013
OPENING NIGHT: Friday November 30th
7:30pm - No set end time
Houston’s performance art group Continuum happily announces their first Artist Residency granted by Houston’s art and entertainment venue, AvantGarden. The members of Continuum will host a series of site specific performance art events and workshops for a period of six months, from November 2012 to April 2013. The Grand Opening Night of Continuum Live Art Series will be held on Friday, November 30th beginning at 7:30 PM and will include cutting edge performance art from Julia Wallace, Jonatan Lopez, Unna Bettie, Hilary Scullane, Koomah, Evan McCarley, Raindawg, Zubi Puente & Y.E. Torres, Tina McPherson, Black Magic Marker, Militia “Malice” Tiamat, Jessica Mendez, Chus Martinez, Jana Whatley and more.
In the past couple of years Houston has witnessed extraordinary growth in its performance art scene. Continuum has been an integral part of this nascent growth, having facilitated an engaging series of workshops and performance events at local venues as well as guerrilla style performances around town. With “Continuum Live Art Series”, the group will continue encouraging local emerging performance artists by providing the opportunity to experiment and expand their body of work. AvantGarden, a venue that recently took part in organizing and hosting “Lone Star Explosion,” Houston’s first International Performance Art Biennial, is the ideal host for this exciting endeavor due to its interest in supporting the medium of performance art.
Continuum Live Art Events will usually occur on the last weekend of each month. Workshops will be held on Sunday evenings at AvantGarden’s upstairs gallery two weeks prior to each Live Art Event. Workshop participants will be able to sharpen their ideas through fun performance exercises and encouraging feedback provided by Continuum members. The Grand Opening will include over ten local performance artists that will inhabit the venue in a unique and provocative way, inviting the audience to become part of the art itself.
Participation is encouraged! If you are interested in performing at the monthly events or attending the workshops, please email Continuum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening Night. Friday, November 30th, 7:30pm - (No set end time) AvantGarden. 411 Westheimer, 77006
Performance Art Workshop 1. Sunday, November 5-8pm, AvantGarden (upstairs)
All events and workshops are free of charge.
For more workshop and event dates and to learn more about Continuum,
please visit http://www.continuumperformanceart.com
Continuum is a social sculpture project formed by a group of artists that came together in a performance art workshop facilitated by Julia Wallace in March and April of 2011 at The Jenner House in Houston, TX. Through the four week interactive experience the artists discovered ways of creating powerful performances through collaboration, participation, experimentation, documentation, and encouraging feedback. They are connected in the desire to help and encourage each other's self discovery through performance, as well as to give the gift of performative expression to others. Continuum aspires to create an encouraging and safe atmosphere for each other as well as the community to explore and express themselves through the medium of performance art. http://www.continuumperformanceart.com
What’s most unique about AvantGarden is its genuine commitment to showcasing new and local talent. It has been called an incubator, offering performers their first shot at presenting their work to the public, and a developer of talent, providing the opportunity for artists to cultivate their craft and their careers before moving on to much larger venues. On any given night of the week one can experience Argentine tango, poetry, experimental music or jazz, an original theater production or a performance art event, a local rock band armed with homemade instruments, fire spinners, carnies and belly dancers in full swing, a life drawing session, a visual art exhibit, a local filmmaker’s showcase; the list is just exhaustive. AvantGarden’s owner, Mariana Lemesoff, started with a vision to nurture the creative core of the city, and in so doing, she has added significantly to the cultural capital of Houston. http://www.avantgardenhouston.com
Press Release contact:
Jonatan Lopez, Continuum Facilitator
Phone: 512 689 0209
Footage in this video kindly contributed by Baltazar Canales, Jonathan Jindra, Sandy Ewen and Continuum.
Music by Cat Power