Low Lives Fest of Networked Performance April 29-30
Low Lives, an innovative festival of “live networked performances” goes down Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Here’s the deal: Friday night starting at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern, the above LiveStream feed kicks in. For the first three hours of the feed, you get to catch five-minute excerpts of live performances from…well, all the hell over the place. (See the site for a full list, not in order.) Then, at 8 Pacific/11 Eastern, the full-show starts: Seattle’s On the Boards is presenting Catherine Cabeen & Co.’s Into the Void in its entirety. Saturday, you get another sampling of five-minute snippets but no full show.
So not only is the idea cool in and of itself, but, well, I totally dig Catherine Cabeen, as I’ve mentioned once or twice in these digital pages. A former dancer with both Bill T. Jones (she actually performed roles he originally choreographed for himself, apparently) and the Martha Graham Company, Cabeen is a remarkable dancer most recently seen supporting Richard Move at DTW. Into the Void is, if I’m not mistaken, her first evening length commission, an exploration of the work of French artist Yves Klein, and features, among other performers and collaborators, her equally talented former Jones Co. dancer Germaul Barnes. Cabeen has herself written at length on the inspiration and ideas behind the piece (she’s hella smart), and it’s certainly worth reading.
Low Lives Festival is a co-production of Jorge Rojas and Chez Bushwick, and if it turns out you like Cabeen’s work, she’ll be at the Joyce Soho twice in the upcoming month: once for her own evening in May, and as part of the A.W.A.R.D. Show! All-Stars in late May/early June.