La MaMa Blogs: COIL 2017 @ La MaMa

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

COIL 2017 @ La MaMa

Once again, La MaMa is pleased to be co-presenting several of the 2017 COIL shows with Performance Space 122 at La MaMa.  The following are the 2017 COIL productions that will be at The Ellen Stewart Theatre and The Downstairs @ La MaMa.

Tickets are now on sale for these shows to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club members, and for all COIL shows for COIL PASS HOLDERS.

Tickets will go on sale to everyone on November 16, 2016.

Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe (Australia)
Dance | US Premiere
Co-presented with Performance Space 122
La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan
Jan 4 & 6 at 9pm, Jan 7 at 1pm and 4pm, Jan 7 at 5pm
60 minutes

MEETING is a quietly rich encounter between man, machine, motion and sound that rewards your attention with mesmeric human feats and meditative sonic patterns.” - Ian Abbott, Writing about Dance

Two performers share space with 64 robotic instruments. A relentless stream of activity unfolds, where the bodies enter states of heightened physical and mental agency, with all actions carried by the meditative pulse of the machine beat. MEETING reveals a fascination with the articulation of the body and mind in motion. A choreographic study stripped to the bare essentials, the work pairs Hamilton’s compulsive choreography and unique physical grammar with Macindoe’s obsessive machine-making practice. MEETING composes the body, space and robots into a riveting choreographic soundscape flooding your eyes and ears with technical mastery at its finest.

Antony Hamilton is an independent choreographer. His award winning creations involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design. His major works include the seminal Black Project 1 (2012), for which he won the prestigious Helpmann Award, critically acclaimed MEETING (2015) and NYX, a commission for the 2015 Melbourne Festival. He has created numerous national and international commissions including for The Lyon Opera Ballet (Black Project 3) and most recently for Skanes Dansteater (Sentinel). Antony was the inaugural recipient of the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship in 2012, and Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. He was guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria in 2013-14, honorary Resident Director at Lucy Guerin Inc. in 2014 and inaugural Resident Artist at Arts House in 2015. He is currently a resident artist with Canada’s Dancemakers. In 2008 Antony formed Antony Hamilton Projects to create contemporary dance work informed by an interest in multi-disciplinary practices. Combining experimental movement, visual, sound and video art, his original and unpredictable choreographic voice is a driving catalyst for bold experimentation.

Alisdair Macindoe is a New York based Australian dancer, choreographer and sound artist who trained in dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has performed with Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move, Antony Hamilton Projects, Stephanie Lake Company, and Leigh Warren and Dancers. Other performance highlights include his own works, Bromance (2010), 525600LOVE (2009), and Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain (2008). Alisdair was the recipient of the 2013 Helpmann award for best male dancer in a dance or physical theater work for Stephanie Lake’s DUAL, the recipient of the 2012 Green Room's best male dancer award for his year’s work, and was nominated for the 2008 and 2013 Green Room award for best male dancer. Alisdair is a self-taught sound designer, composer, and instrument builder and has created sound design for some of Australia’s leading dance companies and choreographers. He has won 3 consecutive Green Room Awards for Dance Composition for Black Project 2 (Antony Hamilton, 2014), Princess (Benjamin Hancock, 2015) and MEETING (Antony Hamilton, 2016).

Real Magic
Forced Entertainment (UK)
Theater | US Premiere
Commissioned by and 
Co-presented with Performance Space 122
La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan
Jan 5 at 6pm, Jan 6 at 3pm, Jan 7 at 9pm, Jan 8 at 12pm
80 minutes

“Beckett meets trash TV” – Sascha Westphal, Nachtkritik (DE)

Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes you on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change. In Real Magic, Forced Entertainment create a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – in which they are endlessly replaying the moment of defeat and the moment of hope.

Forced Entertainment are a group of 6 artists who have been making performance since 1984 – questioning, pushing and breaking theatre to see what can be built from the wreckage. Based in Sheffield, UK, their work has been seen all over the world and was recently honored with the 2016 International Ibsen Award. Known for being a fearless innovator of theatrical form, Artistic Director Tim Etchells is the current recipient of the Spalding Gray Award from the commissioning consortium of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; Performance Space 122 in New York; On the Boards in Seattle; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Custodians of Beauty
Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC)
Dance, Performance
Co-presented with 
Performance Space 122
La MaMa, The Downstairs, 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan
Jan 5 at 8pm, Jan 6 at 5pm, Jan 7 at 5:30pm, Jan 8 at 2pm
85 minutes

“Plunges headlong into questions about what is ‘beautiful’ by interrogating sources like Plato, Pope Benedict XVI, and of course, the dancing body.” – Time Out New York
For decades in the humanities, various arguments have been put forward against beauty. Where do we find beauty today and does it need our defense? Bessie Award–winning choreographer/director Pavel Zuštiak and his Palissimo Company examine beauty and its intrinsic relationship with art through minimalist movement, sensuous abstraction and potent stage imagery. Drawn from a dark Eastern European dance-theater aesthetic, this richly postmodern dance/live music event casts the human body as a sculptural form, an emotional trigger, or a political symbol. In an age when humanity, disenchanted with itself, seems to have rejected the necessity of beauty, Custodians of Beauty asks us to look again, beyond the surface, to see differently.

Pavel Zuštiak is a NYC-based director, choreographer and performer, born in the communist Czechoslovakia and trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. His works for stage and public spaces merge the abstract aspects of dance with nonlinear qualities of “theatre of images” into multidisciplinary pieces rich in evocative imagery and piercing emotional resonance. Zuštiak is the 2015 Bessie Juried Award winner for his “poetic layering of movement and visual imagery, conceiving the stage space as a decentralized world in which the corporeal body is the focus and canvas for a wide range of human expression,” a 2015-17 Princeton Arts Fellow, the recipient of 2013 LMCC President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Practice and 2012 NEFA/NDP Production and Residency Grants, 2010 Guggenheim Fellow and 2014, 2009, and 2007 Princess Grace Awards Winner. His 5-hour trilogy The Painted Bird received a 2013 Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Production.

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster
Nicola Gunn (Australia)
Theater, Dance | US Premiere
Co-presented with Performance Space 122
La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan
Jan 11 & 12 at 8:30pm, Jan 13 at 7:30pm, Jan 14 at 5pm
70 minutes

“Gunn’s text is intricate and often brilliant, full of unpredictable digressions and curious factoids. It’s the verbal equivalent of skimming stones over water.” - Cameron Woodhead, The Age (AU)
Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is the story of a man, a woman and a duck. The work is disarmingly simple – exploring in depth the moral conundrum of what one should do if one comes across a person throwing rocks at a sitting duck – but gradually becomes mind-bendingly complex.  Accompanying the text is a rhythmic electronic soundscape and intense physical choreography shifting from the unnecessary and incongruous to the comic and strangely affecting. Gunn brings into question your own intervention ethics with a confrontational muse on peace and conflict, moral relativism, and the very function of art.

Nicola Gunn is a Melbourne-based performer, writer, director and dramaturge. Since 2002, she has been making works that blend performance, art and anthropology to explore the fragility of the human condition with subversive humor. Her artistic practice is committed to institutional critique, social engagement and generating works that activate the public sphere by questioning old ways of being or proposing new ones. She uses performance to reflect critically on its place in theatres, to examine power relations in existing organizations and to consider the relevance and social function of art itself. The starting process is often a written text or idea imagined responding to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. She draws mainly from her experience to create autobiographical fiction.  Nicola’s work has been presented widely in Australia and has toured to Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States. 

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