TONIGHT The Sphinx Returns, a 4-month performance series kicks off with an intergalactic, conscious shifting Season Opening Event, be.come. Curated by Whitney V. Hunter, "The Sphinx Returns is a return to questioning, mythology, and new ideas, asking how do we encourage and gain new ways of seeing and understanding."
The Event features live performances by The Illustrious Blacks [NYC], Lion Ayodele+++ [NYC], Hector Canonge [NYC], Annabel Guérédrat & Henri Tauliaut [Martinique] and a video installation by Andrew Braddock / David Ian Griess / Elizabeth Lamb.
SEE YOU TONIGHT!
Chicago-based artist, MICHELLE HARTNEY, has been hard at work over the past year to generate awareness of the the United States' high rates of maternal mortality, postpartum PTSD, and obstetric abuse. These issues are all too often pushed aside but the statistics are staggering. Hartney states, "According to the World Health Organization, since 1995, the maternal mortality rate in the United States has increased 250%."
Today, Hartney brings her Mother's Right project to the public in a 2-hour performance at “Rally to Improve Birth” campaign.
Hartney shares further insight into her thoughts leading up to today's performance, the history of her relationship to obstetrics and considerations towards PTSD in our interview below. If you are in Chicago, I hope you consider joining Hartney in this historic effort. Thank you for this work Michelle. -Quinn Dukes
The Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) kicks off the second edition of their Progressive Performance Festival today, September 4th. Founded by Sara Coffey in 2006, VPL is an incubator space for contemporary dance, music and performance. Festival organizers have selected artists that "touch on themes of social justice and cultural memory, and shift the way we relate to our hand-held devices."
The performance art powerhouse -that is- Carmelita Tropicana (aka Alina Troyano) and her award-winning, filmmaker sister, ELA TROYANO, will preview their latest sci-fi film/performance/lecture hybrid, Schwanze-Beast today and tomorrow. The work encounters topics like climate change, gender, species preservation... and also poses the question “What separates human from beast?”
Because Performance Is Alive strives to share the voice of artists directly, I reached out to Carmelita and Ela regarding their new project. Despite an insane rehearsal schedule, they generously provided further insight into their project which can be found in full below. Enjoy and get out to Vermont! - Quinn
Many performers choose to choreograph actions that allow them to embrace slowness. Ernesto Pujol and Marilyn Arsem are two current practitioners that come to mind when considering the necessity of slowness and silence. Both present focused and unwavering meditations on (seemingly) simple gestures. Our next featured artist, MARTINE VIALE, also occupies this similar performance landscape.
I am particularly fascinated by Viale's body of work entitled, "Infiltration in Public Spaces". Viale's ability to interrupt the standard dynamic of public space into an enlivened and bodily architecture is quite wonderful. Viale is based in Montreal and presents both short form and durational actions around the world. In our interview, Viale explains her approach toward "process actions" and reveals details about her upcoming projects. I am pleased to share our conversation below! Enjoy! - Quinn