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AMERICAN REALNESS Festival — #APAP January 8-23, 2015

 

 

American Realness Festival 2015

January 8, 2015 – January 23, 2015

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American Realness returns to Abrons Arts Center January 8-18, 2015 for its sixth consecutive season, kicking off the centennial anniversary of the historic Playhouse. The 2015 festival utilizes all three theater spaces at Abrons to construct a rich and rigorous program featuring three world premieres, four North American premieres, two New York premieres, two theatrical premieres, one avant-premiere and eight encore engagements for a total of sixty-three performances of twenty-three productions over eleven days. In addition, American Realness includes one off-site engagement presented by Gibney Dance at the Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway.

Featuring artists from across the US with a concentration of New York makers and a small selection of international artists, American Realness offers audiences local, national and international perspectives on the complicated and wondrous world we inhabit. Through visceral, visual and text based explorations of perception, sensation and attention, artists expose issues and questions around identity, form, ritual, death, history, pop-culture, cooperation and the professionalization of art making in an American-focused,  globally-minded context.

Click here to see American Realness 2015 At-A-Glance (PDF).

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Performances

MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/

01/08/15 – 01/10/15

The first of a suite of queer pieces Gutierrez is creating over the course of three years that addresses the representation of the dancer, the physical and emotional labor of performance, tropes about the aging gay choreographer, the interaction of art making with administration, the idea of queer time and futurity, and mid-life anxieties about relevance, sustainability, and artistic burnout.


KEITH HENNESSY
Bear/Skin
(World Premiere)
01/08/15 – 01/11/15

Motivated by grand spectacle and ambitious prayer Bear/Skin appropriates Nijinsky’s choreography for Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) to consider Modernism’s dependence on appropriations of the indigenous, folk, exotic, and oriental to ask questions about ritual and art today.


KAREN SHERMAN
One with Others

01/08/15 – 01/11/15

Dance, words, and scrap wood are the raw materials for One with Others, an examination of who we become due to the choices we make—or that others make for us.


IVO DIMCHEV
Fest
(North American Premiere)
01/08/15 – 01/11/15

Fest is set in the context of an imaginary festival in Copenhagen. The main characters are the performer Ivo Dimchev, a curator, a technician, and a critic. What starts off as a realistic piece soon turns into a fantasy about sex and power.


CYNTHIA HOPKINS
A Living Documentary

01/09/15 – 01/18/15

A comedic, no-nonsense reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as a professional theater artist in the 21st century.


FLORENTINA HOLZINGER & VINCENT RIEBEEK
Kein Applaus für Scheisse
(North American Premiere)
01/09/15 – 01/11/15

Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek flirt with the 1970s performance art canon to explore the limits of possibilities for the stage. The resulting portrait depicts contemporary pop culture’s rich tapestry: an intangible mixture of dance, trashy pop, theater, roller-skating, acrobatics, and performance.


TERE O’CONNOR
Sister
(New York Premiere)
01/09/15 – 01/11/15

Sister re-embraces an idea first developed by O’Connor in his work Four Sister Dances that premiered at The Kitchen in 1989.   “I tried to escape the omnipresence of theme and variation in dance by immersing myself in what I call ‘variation and variation.’”


THE BALLEZ
Variations on Virtuosity, a Gala Performance with the Stars of The Ballez

01/10/15 – 01/11/15

Celebrating the virtuosity of complexly gendered people by choosing the grandiose container of ballet for its presentation.


LIZ SANTORO AND PIERRE GODARD
Relative Collider

01/10/15 – 01/11/15

Relative Collider is a machine offering the opportunity to see, to measure, to quantify, to exchange information between nervous systems; a collision of watching.


SIMONE AUGHTERLNOY, ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE & HAHN ROWE
Super Natural
(Avant-Premiere)
01/10/15 – 01/11/15

With axes, wood, violin, electronics, and the bare body, Simone Aughterlony, Antonija Livingstone, and Hahn Rowe stage an inquiry into vibrant matters. Human and non-human actants camp together on a hot-pink terrain under an unblinking fluorescent sky.


TERE O’CONNOR
Undersweet
(Theatrical Premiere)
01/12/15 – 01/14/15

In Undersweet, O’Connor works from the supposition that formalism might result from repressed sexual desire. The work is a choreographic meditation on how this paradox finds expression in dance, or possibly even generates it.


MICHELLE ELLSWORTH
Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome
(New York Premiere)
01/12/15 – 01/14/15

Using web technology, replacement apparatus (including a male gaze simulator), choreography (including gratitude-inspired token gestures), and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT, this work both combats and fuels rumors about the implications of the Y Chromosome’s reputed shrinkage.


MIGUEL GUTIERREZ
Age & Beauty Part 2: Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting or The Choreographer & Her Muse or &:@&
(World Premiere)
01/12/15 – 01/18/15

The second installment in a suite of queer pieces that addresses the representation of the dancer, the physical and emotional labor of performance, tropes about the aging gay choreographer, the interaction of art making with administration, “queer time,” futurity, and mid-life anxieties about relevance, sustainability and artistic burnout.


JEREMY WADE
Death Asshole Rave Video
(North American Premiere)
01/12/15 – 01/18/15

Part lecture-performance and part concert, Death Asshole Rave Video is a machine made out of movement, sound, and words that interrogate death and the agreements we make as a society.


luciana achugar
OTRO TEATRO: The Pleasure Project
(Theatrical Premiere)
01/13/2015 – 01/17/2015

The culmination of a three-month-long procession of public space interventions made throughout NYC and Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, that seek to viscerally activate the passive spectator.


JACK FERVER
Night Light Bright Light
(World Premiere)
01/14/15 – 01/18/15

In Night Light Bright Light, Jack Ferver draws inspiration from, and parallels between, his own life and the life, art, and death of Fred Herko.


MY BARBARIAN
The Mother and Other Plays

01/15/15 – 01/18/15

My Barbarian, a collective consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, will perform The Mother and Other Plays.


NEAL MEDLYN
Pop-Star Series, The 2015 Emerald Edition
(North American Premiere)
01/15/15 – 01/17/15

Over the course of eight years, Neal Medlyn constructed a series of performance pieces built around the music, lives, and personae of a series of pop stars: Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Prince, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Insane Clown Posse, and Michael Jackson.


TRAJAL HARRELL, EIKO OTAKE AND SAM MILLER IN CONVERSATION
01/15/15

In one step are a thousand animals is the title Trajal Harrell (American, b. 1973) has given his two-year Annenberg Research Commission Residency project. One of the most prominent choreographers and dancers of his generation, Harrell confronts the history, construction, and interpretation of modern, post-modern and contemporary dance. For this interation, Harrell engages in a conversation with Eiko Otake, Japanese choreographer and dancer, who works primarily with her partner Koma.


DYNASTY HANDBAG
Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey

01/16/15 – 01/18/15

Using Homer’s Odyssey as both dramaturgical framework and toilet paper, Dynasty Handbag recasts the masculine allegory of returning home in a feminist context, on a voyage though her extremities, heart, mind, bowels, and artist colon-y.


WHY CHOREOGRAPHY NOW?
Reading, Conversation, Performance of The Choreographic

01/17/15

Why Choreography Now? celebrates the launch of The Choreographic by Jenn Joy. Please join us for a reading, conversation with the Hilary Clark, DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Heather Kravas, remarks by Kelly Kivland, projections by James Foster, a surprise performance and a toast to all the artists!


Workshops + Events

CLAUDIA LA ROCCO
To Whom It May Concern

01/08/15 – 01/23/15

This workshop will function like a laboratory, open to all individuals interested in better understanding themselves and their world through words and art.


Members of the House Reception
Champagne Toast for American Realness Kickstart Backers

01/08/15

Kick off American Realness 2015 with a Champagne toast to celebrate the start of a sixth season of the festival.


REALNESS, A Night of Dance Art
Presented by Susanne Bartsch and KUNT 

01/10/15

New York Party Impresario Susanne Bartsch teams up Zurich-based party KUNT, organized by Marc Streit and Lukas Beyeler, for a festival party with a Swiss Made Focus.

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