This demonstration will include guest magician, Renato Bernasconi, with special knowledge of the coin trick. The goal of the evening is to address the following questions: How does the coin disappear? How does matter disappear? How does something matter? The goal is to explore the production of magic tricks, human perception and theatre. Through the principles of invisibility, mystery and secrecy SS engages the audience in an exploration of how objects are made to disappear.
What’s He Building in There? is the first part of an ongoing performance research project that brings into collaboration a theater director, a magician, a curator, and a visual artist. This demonstration will include guest magician, Renato Bernasconi, with special knowledge of the coin trick. The goal of the evening is to address the following questions: How does the coin disappear? How does matter disappear? How does something matter? The goal is to explore the production of magic tricks, human perception and theatre. Through the principles of invisibility, mystery and secrecy SS engages the audience in an exploration of how objects are made to disappear.
"Tourists From The Future"
June 16, 2011
The Watermill Center
Megan Whitmarsh and My Barbarian present "Tourists From The Future". Wealthy eco-tourists travel back in time to visit "nature" of which the future is bereft. These "Futurians" have spent their residency at Watermill, discovering, collecting, and archiving artifacts and relics.
The Theo Adams Company presented an exhibition of design renderings and fully realized excerpts of their new work Entertainment. This work is an ambitious new show that explores the enthralling and powerful history of performance and spectacle via a range of experimental staging, technology, traditional musical forms, psychology and the incredible intensity already associated with the Theo Adams Company.
The Theo Adams Company is a London based group of talented and passionate dancers, musicians, actors, singers and artists from across the globe, brought together by self-taught 21 year old artist and director Theo Adams. Their debut production was premiered on 4th January 2008 in front of an audience of 4000 at the Tate Britain, London. They have since gone on to stage their ambitious productions at some of the world's most prestigious theatres and museums as well as more unexpected venues, from a 13th Century cathedral in Austria to a monumental warehouse in Tokyo. They have received wild notoriety and acclaim along the way from both audiences and critics.
The focal point of the Theo Adams Company is finding ways of triggering human emotion in performance. They have examined this through the media of music, movement, choreography, speech, song and visual elements, such as film, set design, colour, costumes and garments. These have all functioned as layers of narrative.
Choreographer Catherine Galasso and filmmaker/visual artist Brent Green discussed and showed excerpts from their collaborative performance Fall of the Rebel Angels, loosely inspired by the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens on Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. The evening featured sound-design by Adam Bach and performances by dancer collaborators Edith Freyer, Honey Jernquist, Mel Lee, Mickey Mahar, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Jeremy Olson, Austin Selden, and Saori Tsukada.
Fall of the Rebel Angels is an evening-length interdisciplinary performance inspired by the oeuvre of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Choreographed by Catherine Galasso and with sets and sound sculptures by filmmaker/visual artist Brent Green, the piece explores visceral physicality, sensuality, and the spectacular.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Catherine Galasso is a choreographer and media artist based in Brooklyn. Her cross-disciplinary cinematic dance works have been performed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, the Bibliotheque National de France in Paris, and the International Theater Festival in Kosovo. Catherine has received commissions from the San Francisco Film Society and the San Francisco Foundation, and her most recent work "Bring On The Lumière!" about cinema pioneers the Lumière Brothers, was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. She has also held residencies with the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, ODC Theater, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida.
Working in the Appalachian hills of rural Pennsylvania, Brent Green is a visual artist, filmmaker, and storyteller. Green’s films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, in film and art settings alike at venues such as MoMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Hammer Museum, The Boston MFA, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installation are displayed alongside his animated films most recently with solo exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, Art Without Walls, Diverseworks Houston and the Berkeley Art Museum. Green's work is in some fine permanent collections including the Progressive Collection and MoMA.