The Dirty Blondes announce their third one-day-play festival, DEADLINE on November 24, 2013 at renowned Galapagos Art Space. The Brooklyn-based company will bring together the best of New York’s avant-garde playwrights, directors, and actors to work intensively on creating a night of original work over the course of only one day. The culminating performance will feature six original 10-minute plays centered on a newspaper headline from that day. Founding member and playwright Ashley Jacobson will create commercial interludes as a sneak peek into the development of her next work, The Tunnel Play. After-party featuring DJ Idlemind "The Appropriate Agent" immediately following the performance.
The mission of The Dirty Blondes is to develop beautiful and subversive new works of theater and foster a community of diverse artists dedicated to creativity and collaboration. This is the third one-day play festival for the group with previous events bringing in more than 1000 audience members, garnering a listing in The New York Times and as a Critic’s Pick in The L Magazine. Currently in the application process, each participating artist will be chosen for their outstanding merit, eclectic resume and proven ability to create dynamic works that function outside conventional thought. Interdisciplinary and diverse artists are encouraged to apply. The final lineâ€up for DEADLINE will be announced on November 18.
DEADLINE will focus on the writing and rehearsal process as an extremely fruitful, efficient development period where individual artists randomly come together to collaborate and create an unpredictable new play. The writing prompt will be pulled straight from the headlines - encouraging the artists to confront topical stories in a creative way. The goal is to encourage artists to produce their best work possible in a very short amount of time. The final result will be a performance based on raw emotion, first instincts, and uncensored creativity. The evening will be filled with drinks, spontaneous theater, and a jumping after-party.
For more information: http://thedirtyblondes.org/
About the Company: The Dirty Blondes
THE DIRTY BLONDES is a new Brooklyn based theater company focused on creating productions that subvert national stereotypes with an edge of intellect and maturity – to present works using techniques that are identifiable yet unexpected. Founding members include director Alexandra Siladi, manager Elizabeth Sarkady, playwright Ashley Jacobson, associate producer Matt Yeager, and lighting designer John Wilder.
Getting Lost features storytelling from Zefrey Throwell (Whitney, MoMa), Hollis Witherspoon (Comedy Central, The PIT, WBAI), Elena Megalos (The Moth), Jenny Zhang (LMCC, Rookie Mag), Chris Stackhouse (Poet, Art in America), Benaifer Bhadha (Narativ), and Nathaniel Sullivan (Flux Factory, This Red Door).
Start The Car is a multimedia storytelling series featuring a diverse panel of writer/artist/performers at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The event brings together artists, writers, and performers that may utilize various creative multimedia to support an “alternative presentation” of a narrative structure. A rotating line-up of storytellers offer up diverse essays, non-fiction and fictionalized stories based around a loose theme and are encouraged to use sound, pictures, written and spoken word, video, music, images, collaboration and any other modes to creatively enhance the narrative.
Under The Tree uses all parts of the venue as performance space – the stage, the aisles, among the seats, and over the audience’s heads. While sipping cocktails, the audience literally gets swallowed by the show. This ability to perform all around the audience is unique to the Galapagos Art Space and makes for a unique and intimate New York experience.
This show is for New Yorkers by New Yorkers with its sophistication, wry wit, and raw nerve. Barbie gets dizzy in a spinning hoop, a snarky candy cane explores what it means to be fresh, and the angel on the tree loses her wings. At first the toys enjoy discovering their unique abilities, but soon come to realize that the holidays are not all about the gifts we receive (which in this case happens to be them!).
About the Company: Suspended Cirque
Suspended Cirque has created a new genre of aerial performance, integrating breathtaking aerial acrobatics, Their site-specific performance is inspired by the dramatic and unique qualities of the Galapagos Art Space — the audience sits on several large steel islands, surrounded by water on almost all sides. The performance takes place above, around, below, among the audience — no part of the performance space is left unexplored, and the audience is an integral part of the entertainment.
In addition to a live music performance by Minq Vaadka as Hades, ORPHEUS stars Ben Hobbs in the title role alongside a company of dancers featuring: Erica Ackerman, Fernando Contreras, Eddie Gutierrez, Maggie Lockhart, Katie Palmer, Deb Silver, Dante Sterling, Sean Tibangin, Lauren Ullrich, & Inna Yureneva. Costume design is by Matt Rodrigues and the lighting design is done by Andrew Neisler. Produced by Built for Collapse in association with Alexander Greenfield.
Adapted from historical accounts, FLOATING BROTHEL follows three of these womenâ€"a down-on-her luck country girl, a thirteen-year old prostitute and a high-class con artistâ€"on their harrowing year-long voyage from the underbelly of London to the underside of the world. Performed by five actors on a 3 x 6 platform, the epic tale unfolds in a radically reduced space that functions as a camera lens, enabling cinematic shifts in time, scale and location. Through the course of an hour, using only their bodies and a handful of props, the ensemble creates myriad characters and locales, transforming the raw platform into the bustle of London, the din of the courtroom, the dank bilge of the ship, and the rolling expanse of the ocean.
SUSPENDED CIRQUE is a talented and experienced group of performers who integrate breathtaking aerial acrobatics with theater to create performances that are unique to the space in which they take place. They perform on traditional circus apparatuses as well as new and innovative aerial equipment such as frames, chains and chandeliers. They also sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments. Suspended Cirque’s “Across the Water” was lauded for the “poignant intimacy in the daredevilry.” --Leigh Witchel, Dance Writer (NY POST, Ballet Review)
This event may have been met with such overwhelming enthusiasm, because it is different. It happens in intervals, around the audience-above them, in front of them, behind them- always engaging, never overwhelming.
Suspended Cirque, a talented and experienced group of performers are taking aerial work and acrobatics to another level, creating an evening that is unlike any other Friday night out. The pieces seen throughout the evening are site specific to Galapagos, using the space and the theme of water as artistic guides. Sensual without being burlesquey, artsy without being obscure, entertaining without trying too hard, Suspended Cirque presents an evening that is a little "De la Guarda" meets "O" done Brooklyn style.
This dynamic aerial troupe will perform on silk, trapeze, hoop, and just about anything that can be suspended. Cast of Suspended Cirque include: Joshua Dean, Ben Franklin, Michelle Dortignac, Angela Jones, Kristin Olness and Jennifer Avery. Members have been seen on Broadway in Cabaret, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, National and International Touring Companies and performed with such names as Twyla Tharp. They have also been featured on the Sundance Channel, Good Day New York, an American Express Commercial, and soon to be featured on NOVA. Reviews have included "powerful stage presence" New York Times, and "compelling images" Backstage.
December's ART JAM is thicker than jelly with an eclectic line up of comedy, performance art, opera, burlesque and drag! The evening begins with COLLECTIVE OPERA COMPANY's presentation of "LAXmas," a fantasia that re-imagines the holidays in Southern California. Dubbed "the new Gilda Radner" by Curve magazine, JULIE GOLDMAN takes a break from touring nationally to bring her brash, bold and uproarious comedy to a hometown crowd. Following a successful run at Ars Nova earlier this year, "Planet Banana's" SILVIA blends the silly and the sophisticated. Whether she's smoking a "blunt" while hula-hooping, or crooning a bassa nova tune, Silvia is pure enchantment. Musical performance artists JOSEPH KECKLER and ERIN MARKEY are sure to make their Michigan mothers blush with their twisted take on the typical Midwestern Christmas. And if this weren't enough, ART JAM is pleased to present the New York City debut of WANG NEWTON! Sporting a post-modern race and gender-bending take on the iconic Vegas showman, Wayne Newton, this Philadelphia-based lounge lizard wants you to "ruv" him. Stick around for a post-show cool down in the Galapagos black box featuring a special screening of NEGATIVLAND's "Mashin' of the Christ."