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The Kitchen has announced its Fall 2008 (September – December) Season. Total Info Immersion after the jump. You download as PDF here.


Alix Pearlstein: After The Fall

September 5 ­ October 18, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8 pm

Gallery exhibition hours: Tue-Fri, 12-6pm; Sat 11-6pm FREE

Curated by Debra Singer

To open the Fall 2008 season, The Kitchen will present After The Fall, a

newly Kitchen-commissioned, four-channel video installation by the New

York-based artist Alix Pearlstein. Like much of Pearlstein¹s earlier work,

After the Fall operates in a realm between the theatrical and the cinematic,

exploring the psychological, emotional and social underpinnings of human

relationships and group dynamics. The exhibition reveals multiple

perspectives on a minimally scripted and choreographed confrontation between

two sets of opposing actors/characters, staged within the context of the

black box theater.



September 11 ­ 13, 18 ­ 20 (Thurs ­ Sat), 8pm

September 24 ­ 27 (Wed ­ Sat), 8pm

Tickets: $15

Known for their anarchic energy and madcap theatrical mashups, the

Brooklyn-based collective Radiohole presents the U.S. premiere of

ANGER/NATION. The piece explores the contradictory puritanical and

hedonistic underpinnings of the American psyche by colliding the psychedelic

aesthetic of occult filmmaker Kenneth Anger with the histrionic escapades of

self-proclaimed ³America’s Loving Home Defender,² Carrie A. Nation, a

remarkable 19th-century, hatchet-wielding temperance crusader.

Co-commissioned by The Kitchen, the donaufestival, and the Noorderzon

Festival, ANGER/NATION is created and performed by Radiohole members Eric

Dyer, Scott Halvorsen Gillette, and Maggie Hoffman in collaboration with

Iver Findlay. The performance will also feature video designed by Findlay,

So Yong Kim, and Radiohole.


Ann Liv Young: The Bagwell In Me

October 2 ­ 4 (Thurs ­ Sat), 8pm

Tickets: $12

Known for her psycho-sexual performance works, Ann Liv Young presents The

Bagwell In Me, a new theatrical solo based on the life and loves of George

Washington featuring original music by Young. Beginning with an

unconventional retelling of historical events, The Bagwell In Me quickly

takes unanticipated directions as Young explores notions of celebrity,

chivalry, Victorian manners, Southern hospitality and racism in America. For

these performances, Young will be joined by performer Isabel Lewis.


An Evening with Chimurenga

October 6 (Mon), 7pm


Deftly blending writing, art, and politics, the Cape Town-based Pan-African

publication Chimurenga hosts an evening of readings and discussions with

current and past contributors. Founded and edited by writer and DJ Ntone

Edjabe in 2002, Chimurenga (loosely translated as ³liberation struggle²)

publishes tri-yearly print projects that interrogate the superficial and

give voice to the renegade in a series of ³thinking out loud² profiles,

deconstructed and imagined interviews, surreal short stories, poetry, and

other devices that challenge strict notions of fact and fiction. For more

information, visit


A Power Stronger Than Itself: A Celebration of the AACM

Featuring performances by Nicole Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Muhal

Richard Abrams, Matana Roberts, and Wet Ink

October 9 and 11 (Thurs and Sat), 8pm

Curated by George E. Lewis and Christopher McIntyre

Tickets: $10

October 11 (Sat), 5pm

Book Signing and Panel Discussion with Brent Hayes Edwards, George E. Lewis,

Howard Mandel, Nicole Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, and Ted Panken

Tickets: $5

In conjunction with the recent publication of his book, A Power Stronger

Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago

Press, 2008), composer, musician, former Kitchen music curator and long-time

AACM member George Lewis hosts performances, a panel discussion and a book

signing. Founded in 1965 on the south side of Chicago, the Association for

the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is a dynamic collective that

has reconfigured the trajectory of music-making in America through its

devotion to furthering artistic experimentation and its forward-thinking

approach to composition, performance, improvisation and collectivity.

Paying tribute to the organization¹s history and celebrating its future,

this event will feature two evenings of AACM performances at The Kitchen

with Nicole Mitchell (flute), Amina Claudine Myers and Muhal Richard Abrams

(duo piano), Matana Roberts (saxophone); and the ensemble Wet Ink performing

works by AACM composers. A Saturday afternoon panel discussion moderated by

Christopher McIntyre will include Lewis, Myers and Mitchell as well as

writers Brent Hayes Edwards, Ted Panken and Howard Mandel. The discussion

will be followed by a book signing by Lewis.

These events frame a Friday evening concert of the music of Oliver Lake and

Reggie Nicholson at the Community Church of New York (40 East 35th Street)

on October 10 at 8 P.M., sponsored by the AACM New York Chapter, Inc. For

more information, please visit


Literary Death Match: an evening with Opium Magazine

October 14 (Tues), 7pm

Tickets: $7

In conjunction with the release of its seventh issue, Opium Magazine will

host a ³literary death

match,² bringing together recent and past contributors for a lightheartedly

competitive event featuring a series of short readings. Opium is a literary

humor publication that features fiction, poetry, cartoons, odd games and

quirky art. Started online in 2001, the print magazine has been published

semi-annually since August 2005.


Marc Cary and Samita Sinha with special guest Will Calhoun

Anatomy: Mutations

October 17 and 18 (Fri and Sat), 8pm

Tickets: $10

Composer and jazz pianist Marc Cary is known for his skillfully adventurous

compositions that combine diverse influences: traditional West African and

Native American musical forms to straight-ahead jazz, hip-hop and go-go

music. The duo Anatomy, Cary¹s newest collaboration with composer and

vocalist Samita Sinha, will perform Mutations, a new project that combines

Sinha¹s classical Hindustani vocal training with Cary¹s jazz roots. Taking

the materials of these disparate traditions through a series of insertions,

deletions, inversions, translocations and frameshifts, Anatomy creates a

sound uniquely their own.

Will Calhoun, Grammy award-winning jazz drummer of Living Colour, and Mos

Def¹s Black Jack Johnson, will open the evening with a solo set in addition

to accompanying Anatomy. Calhoun¹s adventurous performances test the

boundaries of improvisational hard rock, jazz and hip-hop drumming.


Jennifer Reeves: When it was Blue

Featuring live music by Skúli Sverrisson, Anthony Burr, and Ted Reichman

October 29 and 30 (Wed and Thur), 8pm

Tickets: $10

Known for her award-winning experiments with hand-made film, Jennifer Reeves

presents a screening of her new large-scale work When it was Blue,

accompanied by a lush score composed by Skúli Sverrisson, and

performed live by Sverrisson (guitars and bass), Anthony Burr (bass clarinet

and organ) and Ted Reichman (piano and accordion). An ode to the natural

world, this super-imposed dual-projection film traverses a diversity of

ecosystems from the US and Canada, to Iceland, New Zealand and Central

America. Reeves¹ complex, textural hand-painted film interprets the nuances

and intricacies of the shot footage onto which it is overlaid, taking the

viewer on a frenetic visual journey through decades and seasons.


RoseAnne Spradlin: Blue Liz

October 23 ­ 25 (Thurs ­ Sat), 8pm

October 26 (Sun), 5pm

Tickets: $12

Blue Liz, a new work by choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin, samples imagery,

text and sound from the 1960s to evoke a Vietnam war-time mindset and

pop/minimalist aesthetic. Collaborating with composer Chris Forsyth, who

performs live, Spradlin draws on the visual and sonic vocabularies of the

decade¹s political and cultural events to explore the accumulation of

meaning in ordinary human gestures; pop art¹s paradoxically mechanical and

sensual sensibility; experiences and expressions of escapism and idealism;

and how women live in a man¹s world. Performers will include Nathalie Green,

Michael Helland, Colin Stillwell, Sandy Tillett and Rebecca Wender.


Rodney McMillian

October 30 ­ December 20, 2008

Opening Reception: October 30, (Thurs), 6-8pm

Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tue­Fri, 12­6pm; Sat 11­6pm FREE

Curated by Rashida Bumbray

A painter, sculptor, performer and video maker, Los-Angeles based artist

Rodney McMillian is known for his multi-genre practice, which explores the

physical and psychological relationships between culture, race,

socioeconomic status and the imbalance of power. For his first New York solo

exhibition, McMillian presents a new installation that uses his signature

aesthetic‹repurposed discarded, decrepit found furniture objects and

abstract expressionism‹to investigate southern historical memory and

heritage, national cultural-consciousness, sacred architectural space and

Western materialism. The exhibition illuminates the dark and ghostly

tensions, frustrations, and hopes inherent in today¹s political climate and

will feature a minimalist, synthesizer-based sound installation by composer

Stefan Tcherepnin.


eighth blackbird

November 13 and 14 (Thurs and Fri), 8pm

Tickets: $15

The Grammy Award-winning, six-player new music ensemble eighth blackbird

combines bracing virtuosity with a fresh and alluring sense of

experimentation and panache. For these concerts, the group will join forces

with Oberlin College¹s renowned Contemporary Music Ensemble to form a

conductorless twelve-player ³super-group² and perform the world premieres of

commissioned compositions by two legendary American mavericks, Frederic

Rzewski and Steve Reich including Rzewski¹s Knight, Death and the Devil‹a

bizarre fantasia on songs associated with war, inspired by Dürer¹s haunting

engraving of the same name; the first live performance of Reich¹s funky

rhythmic tour-de-force, Double Sextet; Rzewski¹s rarely heard experiment in

ensemble dynamics, Les Moutons de Panurge; and a multimedia interpretation

of Reich¹s duo, Cello Counterpoint.


Beth Gill: What do you see?

November 20 ­ 22 (Thurs ­ Sat), 8pm

Tickets: $12

Curated by Sarah Michelson

Known for her captivatingly austere use of motion and staging,

Brooklyn-based choreographer Beth Gill¹s What do you see? uses stillness and

space to create tensions that stimulate the audience¹s awareness of its own

physical presence. In What do you see?, Gill¹s first full-length

performance, she considers and deconstructs the relationships of dance

composition¹s formal elements of time, space, and energy through the

deliberate placement of five women and stage lighting in and around a square

set within the larger black box architecture of The Kitchen, Gill sets for

herself the impossible task of disassembling the essence of movement to

arrive at a choreography that is deeply integrated with and highly-specific

to each performance. Gill will collaborate with designers Jeff Larson and

Joe Levasseur.


Dexter Sinister: True Mirror Microfiche

November 25 (Tues), 7pm


Dexter Sinister presents True Mirror Microfiche, an evening of readings and

performances in the form of a projected microfiche lecture. A continuation

of their recent project for the 2008 Whitney Biennial (True Mirror, 2008),

the performance is presented in conjunction with their new publication, DOT

DOT DOT #16 (A W.A.S.T.E. of Ink (After Thomas Pynchon)). Recently described

as Œpamphleteers,¹ Sinister operates a workshop in a basement on the Lower

East Side, intended to model a ŒJust-In-Time¹ economy of print production,

running counter to the contemporary assembly-line realities of large-scale

publishing. Their creative practice considers alternate distribution

strategies and collapses distinctions between editing, design, production

and distribution into one efficient activity.


Hoofers¹ House

Hosted by Tamango

Featuring Pheeroan Aklaff, Francis Mbappe, and other special guest musicians

December 1 (Mon), 8pm

Co-Presented with The Studio Museum in Harlem

Curated by Rashida Bumbray


Hoofers¹ House is an ongoing series where some of the best of New York

City¹s rhythm tap community come together to share and showcase their moves.

Among the most unique and cutting edge tap jam sessions in the city,

Hoofers¹ House has been helping to rejuvenate the genre for the last several

years with the addition of live and electronic music and projected visuals.

Prominent past participants include Fayard Nicholas, Jimmy Slyde, Harold

Kromer, Tina Pratt, Jason Bernard and Ayodele Casel.


An Evening with Farimani

December 2 (Tues), 7pm


Following the recent publication of their inaugural issue, the new cultural

theory journal Farimani presents an evening of performances and discussions

with recent and upcoming contributors. Showcasing a diverse selection of

work from artists, musicians and theorists, Farimani creates a space for an

open dialogue among textual, musical and image-based projects.


Less the Band: Astroland

December 10­13 (Wed ­ Sat), 8pm

Curated by Sarah Michelson

Tickets: $15

Less The Band is comprised of Robert Beitzel, Michael Chernus, Adam Rapp,

Ray Rizzo and Paul Sparks. For the world premiere of Astroland, this

Brooklyn-based ensemble of actors, writers and musicians collaborates with

artist and graphic novelist Danica Novgorodoff, lighting designer Ben

Stanton, the sound team Moose Lamp and filmmaker Graham Waterston. Part rock

opera, part post-modern fable, Astroland combines live music with video

animations and filmed interviews to tell the story of Steve and Molly who

board a train for Coney Island to face down the apocalypse. Along the way,

they encounter freak show luminaries, second comings, Winnebagos and strange

plastic formations inexplicably sprouting from the ocean¹s gut as they seek

out a path toward redemption and transcendence.


Dance and Process: Hilary Clark, Mina Nishimura, and Kayvon Pourazar

December 18 and 19 (Thurs and Fri), 8pm

Curated by Yasuko Yokoshi

Tickets: $10

The culmination of an extended group process of sharing work and receiving

structured feedback, this season¹s Dance and Process will feature three new

works by choreographers Hilary Clark, Mina Nishimura and Kayvon Pourazar.


The Kitchen thanks the following foundations and corporations for their

support: Altria Group, Inc; The Amphion Foundation; the Axe-Houghton

Foundation; Bloomberg; Aaron Copland Fund for Music; Carnegie Corporation of

New York; Cowles Charitable Trust; the Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; the Mary

Duke Biddle Foundation; the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; Fried,

Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson LLP; Foundation for Contemporary Arts,

Inc.; Hand, Baldachin, and Amburgey LLP; The Harkness Foundation for Dance;

HSBC Private Bank, a division of HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; The GRAMMY

Foundation®; The Greenwall Foundation; IAC/InterActiveCorp; the Jerome

Foundation; The Jerome Robbins Foundation; the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The

Orentreich Family Foundation; Overbrook Foundation; The Bay and Paul

Foundations; Reuters Group; James E. Robison Foundation; the May and Samuel

Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation;

Sotheby¹s; The Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation; The Summit

Foundation; Target; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The Kitchen is also supported by the following public funds: The National

Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency;

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York City Department of

Cultural Affairs through the office of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn;

the New York City Council; the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic

Preservation through the offices of State Senator Thomas K. Duane and

Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried.


The Kitchen is one of New York City¹s oldest nonprofit performance and

exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both

emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical

performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film

screenings, and artists¹ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has

been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and

has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide


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