New York Live Arts to Welcome Wunderbaum's LOOKING FOR PAUL, 11/11-14
Rotterdam-based performance gang Wunderbaum is pulling no punches in their highly anticipated New York debut.
It's Inez van Dam vs. Kabouter Buttplug, the notorious sculpture by infamous artist Paul McCarthy. Inez lived a simple, serene life in Rotterdam until the installation of the so-called "Buttplug Gnome." Inez thinks this work of public art is ruining her street, her very life, and she's heading to Los Angeles to track down McCarthy and take revenge. But can this defiant citizen defeat the indelible force of contemporary art?Designer Maarten van Otterdijk, along with actors and creators Walter Bart, Inez van Dam, Matijs Jansen, Maartje Remmers, Marleen Scholten and guest Daniel Frankl, bring Inez's story to life. This genre-colliding work questions art's purpose how it gets made and the international funding systems that support its existence, all through the lens of McCarthy's controversial work.IF YOU GO:
New York City Premiere of Rotterdam-based Wunderbaum's
LOOKING FOR PAUL
Tickets start at $15.
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
November 11-14, 2015 at 7:30 PMNew York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer. We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org. Wunderbaum is a Dutch - Flemish actors group that makes theater about current issues, both on location and in the theater. Recurring themes include the study of subcultures and the tension between ideology and everyday reality. Usually Wunderbaum writes their own texts collectively based on their own research. Every now and then they prefer or give directions to authors who will write a text for them. Wunderbaum has played shows in their homecountry of The Netherlands and also abroad, including the U.S., Iran, Scandinavia, and Brazil. The group recieved the Mary Dresselhuys Prize and VSCD Proscenium prize for their entire oeuvre. In 2013, Wunderbaum started a large-scale, four-year project called The New Forest. Through performances, seminars, a film and collaboration with various social groups, The New Forest offers space for alternative ideas for a future society.
Photo Credit: Steven A. Gunther