Saturday, October 20, 2018

Part of Frame Rate: Wild Art Party

REDCAT Studio 12-10-2017

PHYSICAL PLASTIC presents Alarm.  Alarm was conceived in the middle of the night in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, with yet another violent disruption from a security alarm. Since, Alarm has become a questioning of boundaries, ownership and power in the urban environment as well as the geopolitical scene, performing ideas of need, limit and transgression in the context of capitalist society and its ongoing crises. Alarm implicates us in questions of difference, of desire, and law. In a series of inter-woven vignettes, vocal compositions by Christofides are layered with Brigette Dunn-Korpela’s choreography and the visual strategies of Dasha Sur, with the ensemble portraying trespasser, bystander, and the alarm—or evoking the mythological sirens who tempt transgression. Short work-in-progress excerpt performed by: Joseph Baca; Bailey Edwards; Cristina Fernandez; Kestrel Leah; Dominique McDougal; Lisa McNeely; and Lizi Watt. Costumes by David Moyer and Kestrel Leah. Lighting by Katelan Braymer.

PHYSICAL PLASTIC is a director-composer partnership between Yiannis Christofides (Cyprus) and Kestrel Leah (UK) rooted in the symbiotic creation of sound and gesture. We invite genuine collaboration across disciplines and—in response to rising nationalist tendencies—across cultures. We have recently been in residency at The Watermill Center and are recipients of the 2017 New Music USA Grant for Alarm. YIANNIS CHRISTOFIDES is a composer and sound designer combining practices in electronic art music, creative sound design, sound art, media theory and cultural studies. He creates music and soundscapes for art installations, performance, media, and curatorial projects. His work has been presented at leading venues and institutions throughout Europe and the U.S including The Lincoln Center, The Athens Festival, and The Southbank Centre, London. KESTREL LEAH is a director and performer working across music, film, dance and visual art. She earned a Masters in Acting at CalArts, and combines practices in Suzuki training, extended vocal technique, and the methods of Theodoros Terzopoulos. Regular collaborators include WaxFactory (NYC), B. Dunn Movement (LA) and visual artist Julie Bena (France).

Wild Art Group is a project based art and performance company founded in 2015 dedicated to supporting the development and creation of new art works by Allison M Keating. Wild Art Group works to ensure the experimental arts (works of art in which the outcomes are unknown) has a thriving future in America by fueling a culture of collaboration, resource sharing, support and sustainability, both economic and environmental.

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