See What's On this Month at the Wild Project
Avant Media's Tangets Series, NY No Limits Film Series, The CURRENT SESSIONS, and Spotlight On fest included the East Village venue's April programming.
TIGUE X Randy Gibson: Resonating Apparitions
Produced by Avant Media for their 2017 Tangents series
Performance schedule: Tuesday at 8pm
Tickets: $21 ($14 for students/seniors) TIGUE performs the World Premiere of a new work for percussion, harmonic resonators, and projection by time-artist Randy Gibson. This immersive performance in harmonic time, The Four Pillars Appearing from The Resonating Discs invoking The 72:81:88 Confluence in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry ATS4 Base 6:81, explores new methodologies in Randy Gibson's ongoing work to expand and reconstruct the perception of the passage of time. Performed by TIGUE on nine metallic instruments discretely amplified to highlight the resonance of The Four Pillars from within the rich overtone cloud, the work asks performer and audience alike to consider their own perception of time and change.
New York No Limits Film Series, an on-going collection of screening events, returns April 12th with its first short film program of 2017. New York No Limits programs films that embody the purest vision of the filmmaker without commercial interference. Concurrently, NYNL supports and nurtures the next generation of noteworthy filmmakers by providing a platform for artists to explore and develop his or her cinematic craft.
The April 12th event features a diverse program of eight short films imbued with the filmmakers vision:
AN ATRAMENTOUS MIND, Lonnie Edwards & Layne Marie Williams directors (U. S., experimental)
NEW YORK NO LIMITS FILM SERIES
Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
A police officer is confronted with his own abuse of power and his newfound perspective saves him from making a deadly mistake. The film tackles police brutality and the war on black bodies. DEM DEM!, Christophe Rolin / Pape Bouname Lopy / Marc Recchia directors (Senegal/Belgium, narrative)
On a regular fishing day, Matar discovers a mysterious bag on a beach of Dakar. Inside he finds a passport of a Belgian man with African origins. He starts to imagine looking like hiM. Days are going by, the appearance of Matar is changing and he becomes more and more enigmatic to his wife Nafi. On his way he crosses N'Zibou a crazy wise man who measures the clouds. He questions Matar about his identity. One day, Matar disappears. HUSH, Michael Lewis Foster writer / director (U. S., narrative)
A single mother struggles to raise her 8 year-old son, Caleb, who seems to be going out of his way to make her life a living hell. LEAVING CHARLIE, Amanda Brooke Avery & Diane Calhoun directors, written by Amanda Brooke Avery (U.S., narrative)
A young queer woman discovers and re-evaluates her boundaries in life and in her job as a stripper. PRYOR TIME, Aaron Sheer writer & director, (U.S.,narrative/comedy)
In 1986, a boy leaves his safe, suburban home to attend a Richard Pryor comedy show in New York City. RYE MANHATTAN, Michael Goldburg director / Michael Goldburg & David Chan writers (U. S., comedy)
A young man waits for his dream date... at the wrong bar. In the vein of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," RYE MANHATTAN is a charming, fast-paced comedy from the award-winning filmmakers of WHAT'S EATING DAD? about how finding the right person in the world of modern dating is tough. THE SILENCE, Ali Asgari director & writer (Iran, narrative)
Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent. STOWAWAY, Kenneth Anderson director & writer (U. S., narrative/comedy)
A woman secretly embarks on a voyage at sea.
The CURRENT SESSIONS is pleased to present the world premiere of The Big Balloon by Iranian-Hispanic artist and choreographer Roya Carreras.
In The Big Balloon, Roya Carreras reimagines a vanished childhood memory, surfacing a delicate world of fantasy and fragmented identity. Carreras' choreography works within a series of deconstructed interiors, recalling domestic scenes from her childhood home in California. Set against field recordings of daily chores, intimate scenes captured on film register the vernacular of her daily routine. Persian rugs and astroturf line living spaces which-at once-act as stage and sanctuary, where Carreras' distorted balletic gestures are worked into a detailed physical vocabulary. Forgotten vignettes resolve momentarily, before The Big Balloon is finally undone, opening a space to cross unseen cultural boundaries.
A limited-run booklet including translations in Spanish and Farsi, will be published as part of The Big Balloon performances. In the Living Room, a post-performance discussion between Carreras, moderator, and audience link process to upbringings on Friday, April 14; on Saturday, April 15 a Wrap Party will follow.
The Big Balloon is part of the CURRENT SESSIONS' 2017 curatorial focus "Resistance," which looks to further classify movement into a broader spectrum by challenging systems of making and observing dance, and is first of a TCS-presented, solo-artist performance series.
April 14 - April 15
TCS X ROYA CARRERAS: THE BIG BALLOON, conceived, directed and choreographed by Roya Carreras
With Caitlin Taylor, Elise Ritzel, Eloise DeLuca, Gregory Dolbashian, Maleek Washington
Produced by The CURRENT SESSIONS
Schedule: Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 5:30pm
Tickets: $15 - $25
Coming Soon: April 17 - 30
SPOTLIGHT ON FESTIVALS: RISE OF THE PHOENIX
Schedule: Varies (See individual shows for details.)
Tickets: $5 - $30 It has been a decade since Spotlight On had its last solo festival but like the proverbial phoenix, Spotlight On announces the RISE OF THE PHOENIX Festival. For this new Rise of the Phoenix Festival, Spotlight On called on artists who worked with them during their early years in the 1990s through to the present. This festival contains participants not only from many Spotlight On Festivals but also from their collaborations with Sage Theatre Company in 1996, Planet Connections Festivity in 2009, and their Fresh Fruit Festival collaboration in 2012. April 17
Spotlight On Launch Party, Hosted by Frank Calo
Schedule: Monday at 7pm
Tickets: $15 Celebrate the return of Spotlight On Festivals at this fun filled launch party! Evening will include live performances, an auction of strange and wondrous items, cheese and champagne reception and not 1 but 2 art showings! - Performances by Renee Flemings and Julie Zimmerman.
- Composer Rene Veron joins forces with singer/songwriter/actor JulieZ, a longstanding Spotlight-On Alumni. Together they celebrate this reunion Festival kickoff singing songs of love and laughter, with decidedly Brazilian accent. Don't miss them!
- Classic blues and Songs of hope & Inspiration with Renee Flemings accompanied by Sal Carolei and Paul Bauman.
- Vera S. will show her delightful art "A tribute to Whimsy". If you have a spot in your heart for whimsy this is not to be missed.
- Barbara Kidd Calvano - From her experience as a dancer, choreographer, now a yogi, creates shapes, lines and forms of movement adding color from Nature, mostly plants, flowers and skies. She interested in capturing breath and stillness. April 18 - April 22
Manhattan Medium & Ava Turns 50 Two Comedies by Michael F. Bruck, directed by Michael F. Bruck and Lawrence Frank
Schedule: Tuesday at 6:30pm, Wednesday at 7pm, Friday at 9pm, Saturday at 4pm
Tickets: $18 Two new comedies by Off-Off Broadway award winning playwright, Michael F. Bruck. In "Manhattan Medium," skeptical young man sees the Manhattan Medium and gets more than he originally bargained for. In "Ava Turns 50," turning 50 ain't easy for Ava or her husband. April 18 - April 23
Bad Boys: Johnny & Paula and Twister, Two One Acts by A.J. Ciccotelli
Tuesday at 8pm; Wednesday at 9pm; Saturday at 2:30pm; Sunday at 2pm
Tickets: $18 Twister is a dark and edgy drama about a bar owner who is visited by a young woman who has known him in College, he is forced to confront his actions from his past while a huge twister bellows outside the window. Johnny & Paula in a Tree asks if a person can really change. In this romantic comedy, NYC style, Johnny has to put his 'bad boy ways' aside for Paula, the woman he loves, but will he be able to? April 20 - April 30
Lone Star, by James McLure
Produced by Nine Theatricals and Genesis Rep
Schedule: Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 5:30pm; Saturday at 1pm; Sunday at 4pm; Monday at 7pm (No performance on Sat 4/29; the final performance on Sunday 4/30 is at 1pm)
Tickets: $18James McLure's comedies about men coming back from war [Lone Star, Pvt. Wars] resonated a particular way in the late 70s when they premiered. Today a piece like Lone Star, about a macho-man trying to regain his life after serving in the military, opens new discussion in the shadow of PTSD and the male image in the 21st Century. The interchange between brothers, Ray and Roy, elicit peals of laughter...and deep thoughts. April 20 - April 26
States of Our Union by Ed Valentine & Rob Reese
Thursday at 8:30pm; Friday at 7pm; Monday at 5pm; Wednesday at 9pm
Tickets: $18 This evening of short plays explores the current state of our post-2016-election nation with vibrant words, stunning visuals...and occasional crocodile faces. NYC premieres by author/director Rob Reese and writer Ed Valentine (three-time Daytime Emmy winner, "Sesame Street"). April 22
A Sit Down with Spirit, with Rita Gigante
Schedule: Saturday at 6pm
Tickets: $30 Using the backdrop of her book, The Godfather's Daughter an Unlikely Story of Love, Healing and Redemption, Rita Gigante uses her psychic and mediumship abilities to bring messages from Spirit and her mom and dad using comedy as the vehicle. April 22 - April 25
American Stories/Forgotten Voices, works by Paula Caplan, Cynthia Granville and Matthew Widman
Schedule: Saturday at 8pm; Sunday & Tuesday at 5:30pm
Tickets: $18 (Veterans: $10 with ID) An evening of theater and film that shares the voices of those who often are invisible and unheard but whose stories cry out to be told. STOP AND FRISK - Matthew Widman's play that viscerally portrays the often explosive human consequences of one of our nation's most contentious policing tactics. IN MEMORIAM - Filmmaker Cynthia Granville's controversial examination of the collateral damage of war as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl. IS ANYBODY LISTENING? - Paula Caplan's powerful documentary about a woman's journey to -- and across -- the soul-destroying chasm between veterans and others, a film about the power of love and connection. April 23
Doors of Perception: Angels and Art, with Barbara Calvano
Schedule: Sunday at 12pm
Tickets: $20 In this talk artist, angel intuitive and actor Barbara Calvano will share about how following your intuition you can create doors of opportunity for learning and growth. Finding refuge in making art she developed her psychic abilities and saved her life. She will share about how her series of paintings called 'Tandra', a peaceful meditative state, came about from channeled messages. >From living in Tokyo during the Vietnam War, moving to New York City in 1977, the summer of Sam after college, Barbara chronicles her life as an artist surviving through desperate times of alcoholism, homelessness and abusive relationships finding salvation in creativity and making art. Doors were opened again and again always guided by her intuition and angels. Join her for a rich exploration into a life of transformation that can happen when you open your heat to art and listening to your angels. Some audience members will receive angel readings. April 23 - April 27
A Touch of Cinema, by Duncan Pflaster, directed by Aliza Shane
Sunday at 8pm; Monday & Thursday at 8:30pm; Wednesday at 5pm
Tickets: $18 Dina Kummerspeck, a filmmaker in a small country that isn't America, has been taken by the newly-fascist government and tortured for making supposedly seditious films. Now returned home under house arrest with an electric shackle on her ankle, she and her husband Tomas invite over their actor friends for a party, but unbeknownst to them, it's going to be a secret reading of Dina's new screenplay loosely based on her torture. April 25 - April 29
White Rabbit Tales: Fairy Tales for Adults featuring plays by Maximillian Gill; Michael Hagins; Ramona Pula; Andrew Rothkin; and Karin DiAnn Williams
Produced by White Rabbit Theatre Company
Schedule: Tuesday at 8pm; Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday at 5pm; Saturday at 2:30pm
Tickets: $18 Journey through the stories of your youth - evil witches, beautiful princesses, charming princes - dressed up and revitalized for your decidedly grown-up self... And with enough twists and turns down the enchanted forest path to surprise you at every turn. Magic is only the beginning. April 28 - April 30
Drew & Kim, hosted by Ken Scudder
Schedule: Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 8:30pm; Sunday at 5pm
Tickets: $18 Ken Scudder, co-founder and head writer of the award-winning sketch comedy troupe The Mistake reflects on his work and friendship with Kim Chaskel and AnDrew Martin, two early members of the troupe who have gone to the great sketch comedy troupe in the sky, through stories and video clips. April 28
A Lonely Night In Coney Island by Mohammed Saad Ali
Schedule: Friday at 9pm
Tickets: $10 Omar, Fred, and Sam are hangin', smoking some weed. But in Trump's America, only one of them is a criminal. With the specter of prior offenses over his head, Arab-born Omar needs to be very careful. This performance of LONELY NIGHT... celebrates Genesis' 20 years as a leader in the independent theater community. Artists from its theatre company and education programs appear in this play. Guest speakers and refreshments will follow the presentation.
April 29 - April 30
Ellen and Troy and Eloise, by Warren Paul Glover & The Scarab Club, by Michael F. Bruck
Schedule: Saturday at 10am; Sunday at 11:30am
Tickets: $18 Ellen and Troy and Eloise is a lighthearted comedy where the boyfriend has been dumped but the (ex) future mother in law comes around and is not what is expected! The Scarab Club: A wealthy, Detroit widower meets a charming widow selling her beloved painting to financially help her daughter's family in need. April 29
Myles' Poetry Party, hosted by Myles Cohen
Schedule: Saturday at 12:30pm An afternoon of poetry and short tales. Authors can submit their poetry or short shorts to be read by professional reader [Madison Square Garden cat show among many professional engagements] Myles Cohen or they can chose to read their own works. Interactive and fun. Refreshments served. Contact email@example.com with your submissions. April 29 - April 30
Steven's Alumni Melange, hosted by Steven Thornburg
Schedule: Saturday at 4:30pm; Sunday at 3pm
Tickets: $18 "Alumni Melange" is a mix of live performances and short films celebrating the work of Spotlight On Producer Steven Thornburg's students. Films include work by New York residents Eddie Gomez and Mirsia Colorado and current New Brunswick High School Senior Joel Garrido. Joel's film, "Letter to God," is about a boy who corresponds with God via the U.S. Postal Service. In Eddie's film, "Heart of Gold," a young man finds himself distraught in the midst of his thoughts and memories. He seeks answers and finds himself while confronting his own personal battle. Mirsia writes and produces "Clouds," a hauntingly suspenseful drama directed by the Correa sisters, graduates of New Brunswick High School. Live performances of monologues and scenes will feature stand-up comedian and New Jersey native Christian Ayala. Original Spotlight On Alum Myles Cohen will recite. April 29
Through The Years with Teresa Fischer, directed by Kent Cozad; musical direction by Paul Chamlin
Schedule: Saturday at 7pm
Tickets: $18 Take a trip down memory lane cabaret style with Through The Years... Laughter and Tears. Spotlight On celebrates the many cabaret shows of Teresa Fischer with this retrospective performance featuring some audience favorites, special requests, some new gems and a special appearance (or two). Through The Years is directed by Kent Cozad with musical direction by the best one-man band in cabaret, Paul Chamlin. Guests include Jenny Greeman, Mary Sheridan and Frank Calo.
All performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.thewildproject.com. The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain. The wild project is a theater, film, music, and visual arts venue that presents diverse, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining works to the vibrant and growing community of Alphabet City in New York's East Village, while bringing together the artists and the environment in a unique way. Founded in 2007, the wild project is an innovator among arts venues, providing an eco-friendly theater and gallery where the artists and space nurture each other. The company is dedicated to creating an environment that supports the artists, and to cultivating artists that support the environment. With an eco-conscious approach to presenting the dynamic works of hundreds of emerging artists each year, the wild project offers an artistic and environmental education for patrons of all ages, interests, and incomes in its community.
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