La Mama And Culturehub, Its Pioneering Art-and-technology Incubator, Announce 2013 Season Programming
La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, which for over 50 years has produced a uniquely global array of experimental theater, dance, performance art, and music, launched CultureHub in 2009 with its longtime partner the Seoul Institute of the Arts. La MaMa founder Ellen Stewart was a pioneering force in the movement behind the now-commonplace black box theater, an architectural shift that revolutionized the performing arts. CultureHub builds upon Stewart's legacy of innovation, implementing state-of-the-art telepresence technology to transform the black box for a new century and bring artists and audiences from various international locations together in performance, without having to be in the same physical space.
Today La MaMa announces CultureHub's first-ever full season.The programming spans four areas: Art + Technology-public presentations and performances exploring emerging mediums; Education-workshops and live streaming performances for classrooms; R+D-tools and support for artists to develop new works; and Community-a digital network supporting local and global collaboration. CultureHub's exciting 2013-14 season will convene artists and audiences from diverse cultures for open source art education and multi-location events where live and live streamed performances converge on stage and on screen.
The centerpiece of the season is CultureHub's RE/FEST. The three-day extravaganza (November 29-December 1) features acclaimed artists DJ Spooky, John Jesurun, and others in performances, interactive installations, and talks at CultureHub's NYC studio. The festival's curators-CultureHub's Artistic Director Billy Clark, and collaborators Lindsey Medeiros, and Jesse Ricke-have chosen works that reveal how new technologies are changing performance practices; how networked screens and communications technologies are changing the way artists collaborate and create; what the exhibition/performance venue of tomorrow might look like; and how the nature of storytelling is becoming cross-media, multi-modal, and multi-locational. Formerly known as "Media Circus," RE/FEST will take audiences on an electrifying tour of "regeneration" and its many landmarks.
Throughout the season, La MaMa and CultureHub will also livestream upcoming La MaMa stage productions for a student audience via CultureHub's Virtual Field Trips [VFT]program: Pascal Rambert's A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced (Oct. 11); Maureen Fleming's B. Madonna (Oct. 25); and Roman Paska's Echo In Camera (Nov. 15). An online Q&A will follow each performance.
Fall season programming details and additional information will be posted toculturehub.org.
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS [VFT]
Watch radical New York City theater expand and contract right before your eyes ... even if you're thousands of miles away. Live streaming is the subway line students of world theater can travel to experience cutting edge performances from La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the Lower East Side. After watching the multi-camera HD broadcasts from the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa, the live stream audience is invited to post questions to the artists after each show via chat or Twitter. Performances marked by "VFT" can be streamed to your school or organization-join in the virtual field trips atwww.culturehub.org/live1 For more information, on hosting your own viewing party, visithttp://www.culturehub.org/host-a-livestream-party.
B. MADONNA [VFT]
Presented by LaMama
October 25th / 7:30PM EST
For tickets, visit lamama.org
Livestream [www.culturehub.org/live1] / Followed by live Q & A
Maureen Fleming's B. MADONNA gives Persephone a creative makeover, with text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass (performed live by pianist Bruce Brubaker). In this meditation on 'miracles,' Fleming juxtaposes new and repertory works with 3D video projections designed by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo.