My Diary: Secret Journey to Tipping Utopia is based on twenty chapters that cross over within the frame of two hours. Musicians, dancers and designers interact, but not directly—a parallel to incidents of sound, text and action, a metaphor for endless continuous circles of life, fluxuating between utopia and war. While observing, the audience perceives the results of war—tipping utopia.
In this short residency Jen Rosenblit and Gary Wilmes are invited to begin research towards a performance project initiated by Simone Aughterlony, titled Remaining Strangers. Pursuing our conceptions and affections of and for ‘the stranger’, this research takes emphasis on hospitality and endurance as it relates to locality and the necessity in times of hyper globalization to, in a sense, land back on earth.
In Manmade Earth, eight teenagers from the Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, and the United States—each with a unique path into this country— come together to create a new landscape on stage. With an abundance of materials, including cardboard, rope, buckets, and wood, Manmade Earth unites the audience and performers for a celebration of communal construction in the hands of these powerful young people.
Artist Fanny de Chaillé employs theater to restage one of Michel Foucault’s most famous lectures, L’Ordre du discours (The Order of Discourse). She at once re-imagines this historical moment, which was never recorded, and continues Foucault’s investigation into the power inherent in words.
DIRTY SECRET II is the expanded version of DIRTY SECRET I which debuted at the Invisible Dog Art Center in 2013. The first iteration featured a plastic wrapped room, Whiteley’s fetish videos, light projections, and a dominatrix experience. DIRTY SECRET II will provide more interactive and subversive play by an all-male cast of costumed antagonists.
Straddling genres, genders, boundaries, and eras, Дyми Moï (Dumy Moyi) is an astonishing and intimate solo performance that breaks down the rituals of Western theater. François Chaignaud blends ritualistic and mystical songs and dances that simultaneously suggest styles from India, the Ukraine, the Philippines, or Sephardic cultures without explicitly referencing them.
Concrète Jungle is a work of sound art performed live by composer Dan Siegler and special guests. The piece is inspired by and takes its title from musique concrète, an electroacoustic genre in which readymade sounds are employed in place of instrumentation. Featuring hundreds of intricately edited New York voices, Concrète Jungle highlights borough-specific accents, linguistic filler and word repetitions to form assembled sentences and musical grooves.
Conceptual artist Anne Mourier strongly believes that “Taking Care” is important and maypossibly be the only way to mend our broken society: “Taking Care” of our planet, “Taking Care” of things instead of replacing them, “Taking Care” of each other…
Odalisque is a new performance by Peter Clough in which he reimagines the classical reclining nude as a gender non-conforming queer bondage submissive. Sculpture, projection, text, live performance, and music come together in an immersive environment that complicates power relations between Sub and Dom, viewer and performer, subject and object.
Conceptual artist Anne Mourier strongly believes that Taking Care is important and may possibly be the only way to mend our broken society: Taking Care of our planet, Taking Care of things instead of replacing them, Taking Care of each other…
Performance artist ALOK hosts a series of interventions to challenge the dominance of romantic love, collapse the myth of the stranger, and exercise alternative intimacies.
Dan Safer, a downtown maverick and the Artistic Director of Witness Relocation returns to the stage as a performer in his own work in Surveys the Prairie of Your Room, a duet co-created and performed with leading WR company member Ae Andreas.
Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing is an immersive sound installation that centers around a 30 day performance and the creation of an intricate, large scale mandala.
In Affordable Solution for Better Living, visual artist Théo Mercier and choreographer Steven Michel break the taboos of a society saddled with healthy living, placing a Kallax–a most peculiar totem–in the middle of a spotless space.
Lime Rickey International is “shipwrecked here from the future.” She performs fictional folkdances and sings to a homeland that is yet to exist. Lime Rickey International’s UNSTOPPABLE is embedded with political subnarratives and cultural confusions.
To The Heart is another Niang’s exploration of childhood. Inspired by the powerful photographs of the bodies of refugee children lying on the ground, the project is a chance for the artist to speak to children and teenagers and show the joy that children express when they play (alone or in groups), running, falling, playing dead, or pretending to be reborn.
In this live performance, Oliver Jeffers will recreate – at a far larger scale – a childhood game of his own invention. Beginning with a large roll of white paper, Jeffers will attempt to draw a world map upside down, labeling everything starting with north at the bottom, to the southern top.
The final concert of the 2018 Look + Listen Festival will feature cellist Mariel Roberts performing Davíð Brynjar Franzson’s Cartography of Time. Patchtax, a Boston-based saxophone and viola duo, will perform the New York premieres of the winning works from their recent call-for scores to composers.
Emma Sulkowicz and Sean Harold will present a new composition for the electric guitar, percussion, and stereo-fixed media. Blending performance with percussion, Sulkowicz’s actions will feed Harold’s music, causing it to morph throughout the piece.
A small group of audience members surveils a dancer who is simultaneously: 1) watching reenactments of scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2) participating in a mash-up of some of the most canonical social science experiments of the last 50 years.
The Unarrival Experiments #1 is the first excerpted embodiment from Ni’Ja Whitson’s forthcoming hybrid book: Time Trickle ‘Cross You (The Hunted), the second in a trilogy of works that (re)imagines non-binarism in Black/Queer histories and mythologies.
Is home the only place where things are free? Anne invites you to bring one piece of white clothing for her to hand-wash with natural Marseille olive soap and lavender extracts, line-dry in the sun, iron, and fold for you to pick up at her studio during the Invisible Dog Open Studio weekend.