New York Live Arts & FIAF to Present Ivana Müller's WE ARE STILL WATCHING & PARTITUUR, 9/30-10/5
New York Live Arts presents Ivana Müller's We Are Still Watching and Partituur, September 30-October 5, 2014, in the Third Floor Studios at New York Live Arts. Co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)'s Crossing the Line festival 2014, Müller, known for her imaginative, "lucid approach" (The New York Times), returns to the Live Arts theater for the first time since the 2008 Dance Theater Workshop performances of While We Were Holding It Together (also presented in partnership with FIAF's Crossing the Line festival), to deliver these two diverse productions.
A deceptively simple work in which the idea of "spectacle" slowly shifts to where we least expect it, We Are Still Watching assumes the form of a theatrical "read through." Described by Andrea Stolowitz of Oregon ArtsWatch as a play that assumes "a life of its own," the work is determined by each audience member, who, given a script, assumes his or her own individual role in the play. Devoid of actors or set, We Are Still Watching reflects on the idea of theater and its place in contemporary society, and was partly inspired by cultural policy and contemporary democracies. Navigating the text collectively, the audience members form a temporary mini-society in which all spectators are the only participants. Reading the script aloud together, the audience helps to build a subtle spectacle and instant community, created anew for each performance.
Müller's only project made for children to date, Partituur (which appropriately translates to "score" in English) presents a performative, systematic game for participants from the ages of seven and up. An inventive work that breaks down classical terms and invites kids to run, jump and play, each "partituurist," given headphones, instructions and a box of props, is called upon to assume decisions, reactions and positions that inform the shape that each unique performance takes. Commissioned in 2011 by the Tweetakt Festival in Utrecht, Partituur is a rare conceptual piece of social choreography, essentially intended for children yet creating a playful environment lending itself towards reflection.
Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. A Stay Late Discussion will also be featured as part of We Are Still Watching (see complete schedule below). Tickets start at $20 with select $15 seats available (We Are Still Watching) and $10 for children/$20 for accompanying adults (Partituur). Tickets may be purchased online at newyorklivearts/season, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.