The New Performance Series is a co-production effort for companies and individual artists who are mounting a full production. The residency productions (usually world premieres) form the centerpiece of the Incubator Arts Project’s programming, and each season offers a varied collection of live art. The program is curated by Travis Just, Samara Naeymi, Daniel Nelson, Brendan Regimbal and Shannon Sindelar.
Please note that the call for applications happens on the Incubator website each fall. Programming is currently established through June 2013. The New Performance series does not offer development space but does include support from the Incubator staff for various aspects of production.
Sara Farrington's //
Requiem for Black Marie
Directed by Shannon Sindelar
Requiem For Black Marie is a wild and darkly funny imagining of the sexual and creative politics of the Brecht Machine during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) period in Berlin. The play is Farrington's interpretation of playwright Bertolt Brecht’s collaboration with his many lovers. A live band and original score (composed and performed by the St. Fortune Theater Collective), coupled with stark shadow imagery and video drive, the story aesthetically.
Marlon Miekel's //
indigo dai: Immortal Men
directed by molly murphy
This cross-cultural drag extravaganza explores death, shame, and sacrifice in pursuit of transcendence. The performance is an audio-visual drag collage that delves into the small silent moments on the fringes of society. This piece attempts to re-imagine and redefine death and the Sokushinbutsu based in part on the stories of ancient death rituals, runaways & sex slaves.
party in the usa //
directed by joshua william gelb
Based, in part, on Gelb’s experiences temping at Deutsche Bank in the fall of 2008, this surreal picaresque follows a jobless, disaffected 20-something, as he is temporarily employed by a financial giant to maybe cover up evidence documenting their involvement in the imminent mortgage crisis. This gleefully immersive production finds the audience in a corporate boardroom besieged by projections, exuberant choreography and a live drummer, not to mention plenty of free beer and strudel. Party in the USA is a sensory overload, a frantic race to the edge of the fiscal cliff; for this is the way the world ends: not with a bang, but with a handful of psychedelic drugs and a 12 oz. bottle of Bud Light Lime.
Watch me fall apart //
Watch Me Fall Apart is looking for an answer but didn't listen to the question. Jamie Peterson catastrophically rolls
through an hour long, semi-improvised, technical high-wire act that is often funny, not always intentionally.
Peterson dissects the steps that led him to that stage on that particular night. Playing within the constructs of an
established technical structure, manipulating light and sound loops from the stage, it is an unfiltered, profoundly human
experience that will raise important questions about determinacy, virtuosity, and public alcohol consumption.
racoco/RX & Rachel Cohen //
Construct employs movement, live music, carpentry, and the story of Don Quixote to illustrate the confusion inside one person's brain visually, sonically, emotionally, and physically; as the story unfolds, the stage becomes more cluttered and chaotic, growing to engulf the performers, musicians--and eventually the audience.
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Ric Royer, Xander Marro & g Lucas Crane
The Fête of Mistakes
In The Fête of Mistakes, Royer, Crane and Marro construct an abstract fairground littered with the overwhelmingness of despair and the sustained tension of hopefulness. The audience is asked to forge through an untrustworthy landscape filled with shifty characters, confounding frauds, scams upon hoaxes upon ruses twisted into a fantastical plots, riddling text and horrible noises to determine whether the point of the play - that all offerings of hope in the play are a lie - is actually true or just a lie. .
Object Collection //
Object Collection returns to the Incubator Arts Project with a bold new opera tackling the suspension and simulation of life. Object Collection's No Hotel is an opera about hotels, films, and bad behavior. The piece channels the split-screen experience of Warhol's "Chelsea Girls" - a pre-produced film runs side-by-side with the live performance. The script from one is performed in reverse in the other.
Accompanied by a live ensemble, No Hotel is an opera unlike any other: part theater, part film, part aggressive noise, part delicate chamber music.
Building upon his 2010 production, TOM RYAN THINKS HE’S JAMES MASON STARRING IN A MOVIE BY NICHOLAS RAY…Daniel Fish reunites with actors Christina Rouner and Thomas Jay Ryan on a new work that fuses theater, cinema, and environmental installation. ETERNAL is Fish's most conceptually ambitious production to date. In August, Fish assembled a film crew to shoot Ryan and Rouner performing the final scene of the 2004 film ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND in a continuous loop for two hours — the only constraint: that they must keep going, no matter what happens. The unedited two channel video of their performance will be projected on screens that face each other from across the space. The audience sits between the lovers.
Vampire Cowboys //
Alice in Slasherland
Veronica Mars meets Evil Dead in Vampire Cowboys' remount of their 2010 hit, Alice in Slasherland. When young Lewis Diaz accidentally resurrects the soul of a brutally slain girl named Alice, he unwittingly unleashes a literal hell on Earth. Now with every sort of demon, monster, and killer ravaging his small town, Lewis and Alice must find a way to close the rift before the big bad evil devil himself shows up and totally ruins their senior prom.
Mixing slasher with Sam Raimi in Vampire Cowboys' signature aesthetic, this show will be one bloody good time!
Peter Musante //
The life and legacy of enigmatic mathematician, code-breaker and pioneer of artificial intelligence Alan Turing provoke a multidisciplinary examination of the paradoxical, often binary, relationship between authenticity & performance. Musante (Archipelago - 2012 Short Form), sound designer Sean Brennan and video designer Simon Harding transform the theater into the site of a unique form of Turing Test (which tests a computer's ability to convincingly imitate human intelligence) where audience become judges and six participants compete over four rounds of "conversation" that invoke Turing's story. Integrating text and movement taken from the participants' own lives, as well as more familiar sources, Musante floods the arena with truths and lies of every kind - including computer-dictated sequencing and motion sensing technologies - to bask in the question, "who (or what) is the humanest"?
2010 Short Form artists, GRANDMA return to the Incubator with their signature mix of wordplay and technology toys. In Saturday the boys use strobe light shopping carts, language games and audio recording mixing to explore infinity and create a Saturday with no end, meaning or perceivable logic. It’s the weekend. Relax!
Dave Malloy & Eliza Bent //
blue Wizard/black Wizard
Ancient ideals and modern musings rub up against each other in Blue Wizard / Black Wizard, a philosophical musical fantasia. Two referees adjudicate the proceedings as the Black and Blue Wizards battle to save themselves and humanity from the mundane. Warping the conventions of musical theater and classical art song to intersect with the sensibilities of electronic music, Blue Wizard / Black Wizard is a pop culture smashup of fantasy language and contemporary parlance. What unfolds is a ritualistic sporting event, the likes of which audiences have never seen.
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