Burrough Festival WSB100 Set for Incubator Arts Project this April

Burrough Festival WSB100 Set for Incubator Arts Project this April

WSB100 is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of America's preeminent avant garde literary iconoclast: William S. Burroughs, writer of Naked Lunch, Queer, Junky, and many other experimental works of great American literature. Provocative, disturbing, and exciting as the artist himself, WSB100 and Incubator Arts hosts a series of original world premiere performances in honor of the legendary mindbending troublemaker himself.

James Igenfritz and Stephanie Sleeper's collaboration DELETED SCENES is the focus of the week, with performances Friday-Sunday. Deleted Scenes is a collaboration between composer James Ilgenfritz and choreographer Stephanie Sleeper, pairing Ilgenfritz's Anagram Ensemble with Sleeper's company sleepdance. The work explores the literary and existential legacy of William S. Burroughs, incorporating texts by Burroughs himself, as well as writers George Bataille, Kathy Acker, Austin Osman Spare, and Supervert. The work explores the relationship between action and object, between the mundane and the transcendent. Ilgenfritz's score itself is an anagram, incorporating the world premieres of numerous works, for voices, violin duo, and chamber ensembles of various sizes. These new works, along with unused choreography from past fully developed sleepdance pieces, are cut up cut-up and the materials are presented out of order, in a tribute William Burroughs' and Brion Gysin's Cut-Up technique, giving new meaning to the name Anagram Ensemble.

Additional events will take place at Anthology, as well as at The Stone, CUNY Graduate Center, Incubator Arts, Issue Project Room, and The Poetry Project, and will include musical performances, public readings, academic panels, film screenings, multi-media, and performance art. Burroughs's presence in the East Village in the late 1970s resulted in some amazing cross-pollination between artists working in literature, music, film, and other media, and WSB100 reflects this influence.

Tuesday April 22
8pm Lydia Lunch & Quintan Ana Wikswo

Thursday April 24
8pm Andre Perkowski
9pm Nick Zedd

Friday April 25
8pm Lea Bertucci + G. Lucas Crane
9pm James Ilgenfritz Anagram Ensemble / Stephanie Sleeper Dance: Deleted Scenes

Saturday April 26
7pm Bhob Rhainey (solo)
8pm Ecstacy Mule presents 'Wild Bill's Burro'
9pm James Ilgenfritz Anagram Ensemble / Stephanie Sleeper Dance: Deleted Scenes

Sunday April 27
7pm Anne Waldman & David Little: Artaud In The Black Lodge
8pm Bob Bellerue: "Material Spirits" & "LSD Oh Yeah".
9pm James Ilgenfritz Anagram Ensemble & Stephanie Sleeper Dance: Deleted Scenes

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