dramatic endeavors are often strictly defined, mediated, and conditioned by The Theater, but "theater," sometimes in disguise can be found in the dramatic considerations and intentions central to the performance work of inter-disciplinary artists and groups: arc, gesture, character, language, symbolic props, cues, lighting, sound, costume, even narrative. This series re-applies the frame, the function, the dialectic, the epic, the agit-prop, and APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE
LAYLAGE COURIE http://www.luminouswork.org/
BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group http://www.boombatgesture.org/
TADASHI: "Intolerance" http://www.tadashidance.wordpress.com/
SADAF is a multidisciplinary performance artist and musician of Iranian descent. Her focus is the body, its extensions, resistance and confinement, the construction and deconstruction of femininity. Her rough, industrial noise and haunting vocal improvisations focus on the political machinations of glamor and cinematic narrative. Based in New York, Sadaf's practice incorporates a variety of mediums, often linked through a foundation in performance. In an era where self-performativity and documentation is prevalent, the conceptuality inherent in contemporary performance art often seeps into tactics of advertising, celebrity, brand-formation, media and the gaze. https://soundcloud.com/sadnava
BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group is a collective of performing artists cultivating original works ranging from abstract physical theater and dance, to narrative plays and performance installations. Since initial collaborations at Bennington College in 2010, BOOM BAT GESTURE has developed and produced six works. Recent works in NYC include: ZOOM Thousand Time at Incubator Arts Project (2013), Cthulhu’s House of Z at HERE (2012), and their ongoing, episodic show, Screen Eyed Baby Ice presented at CPR (2012), Snowballs! (2013), Muchmores (2013), and The Window at 125 (2013).
TADASHI is a Japanese sword dancer as well as an interpretive dancer who is a native of Japan. His studied Japanese sword dance with Kensei Namiki, traditional style swordsmanship with Ken Morita, Ballet at Morgantown Dance Studio, Modern Dance with Angela Dennis, Kristina Isabella, Pilobolus Dance Company, and Bill Evans, Break Dance at Harajuku Dance Academy, Central Asian Dance, Persian Dance, and Middle Eastern Dance with Narah Bint Durr, West African Dance with Jonathan Burbank, Butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance) with Yoshito Ohno, Kunisuke Kamiryo, Toru Iwashita, Moe Yamamoto, Yukio Waguri, and Ko Muroboshi, and Eurythmy with Akira Kasai and Jolanda Frischknecht. He was also trained in Mime, Laban movements, Qigong, Tai Chi, and various forms of martial arts. He had integrated the essences of all the movement-arts he has learned and performs originally choreographed contemporary dance repertories in various settings while also presenting traditional Japanese sword dance upon request. Tadashi also teaches classes and workshops on Tai Chi and dance therapy for self exploration.
LAYLAGE COURIE burned stuff to make this piece. Hi. I make things from words. My website is lame right now but it has links to my soundcloud and tumblr feeds where you can keep up with what I do: www.luminouswork.org. This piece will be downloadable for free. It is deeply indebted to Carl Sagan's Cosmos.