Thursday, October 15, 2009

BETTER HALF: PUBLIC PROGRAMS


2 Programs at The Mazer Theater
Curated by David Gibson

Thursday, Oct 15th 7:30pm
(doors open at 7:00pm)
The Mazer Theater of The Education Alliance
197 East Broadway, NY, NY 10002
(take F to "East Broadway" and walk 1 block east,
entrance on the south side of East Broadway)
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Program 1: "Polkadot" - an excerpt from work-in-progress by Mayumi Ishino and Each Way Station Using familiar objects and the body as accessible metaphors, "Polkadot" comprises at once art installation, experimental music and elements of theater to push the boundaries of live narrative. The line is blurred between what is prepared and what is improvised, between fiction and reality. The audience is free to take a side. Interdisciplinary artist, Mayumi Ishino combines sculpture, drawing, installation, video, and performance. Her recent role as a director of theatrical performances led her to collaborate with a wide range of artists from various disciplines. Find more info at www.mayumiishino.com

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Program 2: "WORLD WITHOUT A HEAD"

A collaboration between Sarah Olson and members of the Wendy Osserman Dance Company Visual Artist, Sarah Olson will perform and co-direct with Wendy Osserman a piece from their ongoing collaborative work, WORLD WITHOUT A HEAD. Utilizing a freestanding set as both scrim and canvas, Olson and dancers, Cori Kresge and Cara Heerdt will create illusions of shadow, movement, sound and painted line. They will develop elements from their previous works on stage, in a gallery, and in a public garden, combining sculptural components and costumes comprised almost entirely of recycled materials. World Without a Head, involving both visual art and dance, reflects the cross-pollination of these different practices. The performance speaks to the nature of our being 'headless', mindless, and thoughtless when it comes to our daily interactions with the very world that sustains us.