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May 9

Booth Award: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

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Monday, May 9
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Award Ceremony

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING! Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is the winner of this year’s Edwin Booth Award. This iconic New York ensemble is a radical performance community with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. “We are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities all over the world defending community, life, and imagination. We compel action in those who have never been activist, revive exhausted activists, and devise new methods for future activism. We also put on a great show.”

The Edwin Booth Award was established in 1983 by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association (DTSA) to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the New York City/American Theatre and Performance Community. Recipients of the Booth Award are nominated and elected exclusively by students in the program. Named after the nineteenth- century tragedian Edwin Booth, renowned for his intellectual curiosity, the award promotes integration of the professional and academic theatre communities. Past honorees include: The Royal Shakespeare Company (‘83), Ellen Stewart (‘84), Joseph Papp (‘89), Arthur Miller (‘92), Richard Foreman (‘97), Tony Kushner (‘02), Karen Finley (‘08), The Living Theater (‘09), Charles Mee (‘10), Woodie King, Jr. (’13), Elevator Repair Service (14), and others.

Presented in collaboration with the DTSA Second Vice President Alison Walls.

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May 23

DANCE New York Performed Manifestos

Renegade Performance Group at PRELUDE2015 Photo by Gaia Squarci

Renegade Performance Group at PRELUDE2015
Photo by Gaia Squarci

Monday, May 23
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Performance + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

A celebration of the vibrant New York dance scene.

New York choreographers and dancers will present their manifestos, statements of why they do what they do, and how they do it. Contemporary dance in New York is experiencing a renaissance; new choreographers are forming their own companies and generating new producing strategies toward creation of new work and new forms for new times. Why? For what audience? And why should anyone care?

Manifesto presentations are followed by a discussion with choreographers and artistic directors.

Co-curated by André M. Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, Thomas O. Kriegsmann/NYLA and ArKtype, and Antje Oegel.

Start: May 23, 2016
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May 25

Kris Verdonck Artist Talk: Listen to the Bloody Machine

Kris Verdonck's END Photo by Catherine Antoine

Kris Verdonck’s ENDPhoto by Catherine Antoine

Wednesday, May 25
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Kris Verdonck (born 1974) studied visual arts, architecture and theatre, and this training is evident in his work. His creations are positioned in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture. Verdonck often presents combinations of different installations/performances as VARIATIONS. VARIATION IV was shown during the Festival d’Avignon in 2008. K, a Society, a circuit of installations inspired by the work of Franz Kafka premiered in Germany at Theater der Welt 2010. Recent works include UNTITLED, a performance
for and about mascots, ISOS, an installation based on the work of J.G. Ballard and IN VOID, a performative installation circuit about human absence. Currently, Verdonck works on an opera starting from Bosch’s paintings, BOSCH BEACH. With Peter Eckersall and Kristof van Baarle.

A symposium on the work of Kris Verdonck, co-curated by Peter Eckersall and Kristof van Baarle will take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY, focusing on the Contemporary Stage of Kris Verdonck.

Photo by Danny Willems

Photo by Danny Willems

Kris Verdonck (born 1974) studied visual arts, architecture and theatre, and this training is evident in his work.

 

 

 

Peter EckersallPeter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York. Recent publications include We’re People Who Do Shows, Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013) and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013). He was the cofounder of Dramaturgies and was the resident dramaturg for the performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Kristof van Baarle holds MA degrees from Ghent University (Art studies) and the University of Antwerp (Theatre Studies). Since 2013 he is a research scholar at Ghent University with a Ph. D. fellowship of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). His research focusses on critical posthumanism, Giorgio Agamben and Kris Verdonck. A fundamental repositioning of the human and a search in different ways to deal with the performativity of objects in the performing arts are two key research lines in his work, within the frame of an ontological-epistemological posthumanism drawing on Giorgio Agamben. Kristof has published about these topics in several journals (DOCUMENTA, Performance Research, Etcetera …) and book chapters.  He also works as a dramaturge for Kris Verdonck/ A Two Dogs Company and is an editor of the Belgian theatre journal Etcetera.

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