NATURE FETISH is a project conceived across social and disciplinary spheres. In its final state, it is a Public Opera, a hybrid, documentary, participatory, musical, situational performance of approximately 90 minutes that operates as part of an exhibition night during which artists working in time-based performance across disciplines will deal directly with the “nature” of performance, operation of “nature” in performance, and conceptions of “nature” as such.
Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) and Grace Exhibition Space Present:
A Public Opera and Performance Exhibition
Thursday July 12, Friday July 13, Thursday July 19, and Friday July 20
8pm: NATURE FETISH: A Public Opera
9:30-11pm: NATURE FETISH Exhibition performances
Thursday July 12
The Call of Nature: bodily functions and fluids, embodiment, waste, want, meat, and human impact on natural environments. FEATURING: Elinor Thompson, Miles Pflanz , Matthew Silver, Dave Ruder and Lorene Bouboushian.
Friday July 13:
NATURE FETISH opera project collaborating artists, poets, composers, and performers show solo works dealing with their own projections of “the nature of nature.” FEATURING (some or all of the following): Jessica Bathurst, Cory Bracken, Matthew Gantt, Brian McCorkle, Ellen O'Meara, Michael Newton, Natasha Missick, Katie Johnston, Arla Berman, Matthew Gantt, Dave Ruder, and others Thursday July 19:
The Natural Spirit: field recordings, indeterminacy, fluxus, improvisation and the influence of performance art’s "nature" on music and dance. FEATURING: Jason Anastasoff, Lindsey Drury, and Kyli Klevan
Friday July 20:
Rituals and Totems: cultural semiology, feminism, naturalism, post-humanism, and the problematics of performance and anthropology. FEATURING: Lillie D’Armon, Anya Liftig, Quinn Dukes, and Kikuko Tanaka.
Saturday July 14 and Saturday, July 21
4pm and 8pm: NATURE FETISH: A Public Opera 9:30-11pm: NATURE FETISH Exhibition performances
Saturday July 14:
SIMULTANEOUS: Nature Fetish Edition: Ivy Castellanos of IV Soldiers Gallery works with 4 performance artists simultaneously as an ecosystem or food chain or other emergent system. FEATURING: Felix Morelo, Ryan Hawk,and others.
NATURE FETISH: A Public Opera, 8pm-9:30pm all nights and 4pm on Saturdays
The NATURE FETISH project has been developed through performance of the participatory frameworks, graphic scores, text, and music at Bronx Art Space, University Settlement, Center for Performance Research, and the City Reliquary and elsewhere in NYC and at BLO Ateliers, KuLe Theater and Sucked Orange Gallery in Berlin, DE.
Collaborative Team on the creation and production of NATURE FETISH: A Public Opera: Jessica Bathurst, Arla Berman, Cory Bracken, Devlin Goldberg, Katie Johnston, Brian McCorkle, Natasha Missick, Ellen O’Meara, Esther Neff, Michael Newton, and Dave Ruder. The libretto, direction, and design are by Esther Neff, composition is by Brian McCorkle, the book was written/notated in collaboration with the developing performers and the public participants in the Focus Workshops at University Settlement.
Developmental support for this project includes fiscal sponsorship from Artspire, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Materials for the Arts, The Compendium (Vaudeville Park, Spread Art, ThingNY, The Super Coda, IV Soldiers, Grace Exhibition Space, and the Panoply Performance Laboratory), developmental and residency support from the Performance Project @ University Settlement, New Voices in Live Performance at the Center for Performance Research (CPR) curated by Anya Liftig, and individual contributions both in-kind and monetary.
“A uniquely sublime experience, simultaneously startling bizarre and familiarly fitting, like a long forgotten home, or the body from a past life”
--Catrin Lloyd-Bollard for NYArts (NATURE FETISH: A Public Opera)
ABOUT THE PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY
Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) makes performance art and noise. Our physical space is located at 104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY. Our cyber site is at the address below. We may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.orgPanoply Performance Laboratory
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