Noche Flamenca, Abigail Washburn, Bridget Everett and More Set for Joe's Pub's 2013 New York Voices Series
Joe's Pub at The Public announces the second season of its New York Voices series, presenting new works from critically-acclaimed performers commissioned by Joe's Pub and supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2013 season will include the celebrated Spanish flamenco dance company Noche Flamenca; the singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn who fuses traditional forms of Appalachian and Chinese folk music; and carnal chanteuse and fearless cabaret star Bridget Everett.
With New York Voices, Joe's Pub provides greater support for artists, allowing them the space and time to create new work that not only connects them to their fans, but to their contemporaries. For the 2013 season, Joe's Pub has expanded the program through the addition of a development workshop with The Public Theater's artistic staff.
"As part of The Public Theater, we are proud of our commitment to artist development and dedication to making world-class art more accessible on our stage." said Shanta Thake, Director, Joe's Pub. "We selected these artists because they reflect the diversity of our programming. They each have a remarkable way of telling a story and they have all performed at Joe's Pub for years. We are thrilled to offer them a deeper relationship with The Public through New York Voices."
Last year's New York Voices included No Place To Go by Ethan Lipton, which had an extended run at The Public Theater, won a 2012 Obie Award and continues to tour the nation. "Joe's Pub has been one of the most successful ventures The Public has ever undertaken, offering support and a venue to literally thousands of artists over the last 14 years," said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "The New York Voices series has also been a triumph, producing in its inaugural season an Obie Award winning show which went into the Public's mainstage season and is now touring the nation. We expect great things from the second season."
For the 2013 season of New York Voices, internationally-renowned dance troupe Noche Flamenca will present the world premiere of Antigona, in which principal dancer Soledad Barrio embodies the heroine in Sophocles' ancient Greek tragedy. "There is an intimacy we can achieve in terms of the work, the audience, the partnership, at Joe's Pub which could not exist anywhere else," said Martin Santangelo, Artistic Director of Noche Flamenca. "Vitality is a critical piece of our efforts, and vitality abounds at Joe's Pub and The Public Theater as well as in the veins of the creative and artistic team we have assembled to create and dance this new work." Santangelo will direct Antigona in collaboration with Lee Breuer, founder and artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company.
Abigail Washburn is one of the few American artists currently touring China. In 2012, the clawhammer banjo player was named a TED Fellow and presented a TED Talk about building US-China relations through music. Her new work will be an extension of her effort to share American music in China and Chinese music in America, and explore the fluidity of culture and ideas in a new world order.
"Joe's Pub has given me an incredibly supportive, hands-off environment to work in," said Bridget Everett. Known for her unforgettable alt-cabaret show with her band The Tender Moments, Everett has a monthly residency at Joe's Pub with her band The Tender Moments and is also one of the hosts of Our Hit Parade, a monthly top ten revue at Joe's Pub starring Everett, Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn. For New York Voices, Everett will collaborate in part with Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys).
Spain's dazzling "Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca", whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, returns for a special limited engagement filled with spectacular dancing, cathartic song, and virtuosic guitar. Noche Flamenca maintains the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms, creating powerful performances that radiate off the intimate Joe's Pub stage. The company was founded in 1993 by artistic director Martin Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife Soledad Barrio. Recognized as Spain's leading flamenco touring company, Noche has been hailed for its authentic performances of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms - without the use of tricks or gimmicks "Soledad Barrio, the company's lead dancer...seemed possessed by smoldering, do-or-die flamenco passion...An entire evening of her dancing would probably fill the city's coronary wards. Martin Santangelo, the company's founder and director, achieves a remarkable balance between the new and the old in his savvy staging program." - Gia Kourlas, The New York Times www.nocheflamenca.com