Culturebot Scanner: May 8-22
The Culturebot Team brings you the latest Scanner, putting performance on your radar. Here’s what we’re looking forward to seeing/doing over the next two weeks:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 – SATURDAY, MAY 25
The Hotel Colors written by Eliza Bent opens this week at THE BUSHWICK STARR. Again we’re super excited about the kick-ass design team that has been assembled to match Bent’s theatrical imagination. Director Anna Brenner, set designer Blanca Añón costume designer Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting designer Yi Zhao, sound designer Ken Goodwin, and composer Joshua Chang come together to play with an amazing ensemble of actors. Together they combine their talents to share an adventure that can only be birthed from travel and translation. “Welcome to The Hotel Colors. Would Formal You like to take a coffee with me? Can I control my email now? I ask excuse of you!”
Make sure to check out the cool social events happening around the play as well, including Singles Night at The Hotel Colors May 10th and Bike to The Hotel Colors Night May 19th.
THURSDAY, MAY 9 – SUNDAY, MAY 19
600 HIGHWAYMEN premiers their production Everyone Was Chanting Your Name “a living portrait of eight individuals whose lives span six decades” to Abrons Arts Center. Directors Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone gave NYC a sneak-peak of Everyone Was Chanting Your Name at last year’s Prelude Festival. We’re super excited to see how the performance has developed and for audiences to experience the liveness that Browde and Silverstone bring forward in their work.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
Time Share is a 3-month long residency resulting from a collaboration between AUNTS and CLASSCLASSCLASS, two groups that for several years now have been stirring things up in the way the dance community learns, teaches, performs, and parties. Check out each group’s respective website for more information on the many events planned for this residency.
In the meanwhile, just come to the opening event, an AUNTS performance on May 8, 8pm. Admission is donation to the Free Bar or Free Boutique.
@ Arts@Renaissance 2 Kingsland Ave., Brooklyn.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
The Brooklyn Commune is an artist-driven collaborative public visioning project to investigate the economics of cultural production in the United States and propose sustainable economic models for artists, independent producers and the system as a whole.
@ Invisible Dog 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn. 2-6pm, FREE
MONDAY, MAY 13
The always provocative Little Theater returns to Dixon Place next Monday night with four (4) new, extremely collaborative sounding, works-in-progress by Young Jean Lee/Morgan Gould, Claire Moodey/Lacy Post, Joseph Silovsky/Victor Morales/Catherine McRae, and Joshua William Gelb/Katherine Brook/Katie Rose McLaughlin/Dan O’Neil.
@ Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St. New York, NY 7:30pm Tickets: $12/15.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
And…next week at Time Share, Culturebot’s Buck Wanner will be leading a discussion with Donna Uchizono, Jodi Melnick, and Anna Sperber, talking about artistic commitment, satisfaction, and responsibility in the dance community. We don’t have money, so how do each of us, in our various roles, figure out and learn to respect the only things that could possibly sustain us: a valuable artistic process? That’s the starting point, at least. Everyone who shows up will be part of the discussion, so come if you are interested to hear about this or have something to say about it.
@ Arts@Renaissance 2 Kingsland Ave., Brooklyn. Panel runs 6-7:30pm. A Community Dinner will follow the discussion at 8pm, main course designed by a guest chef, the community fills in. Admission to the dinner is a side dish or beverage. Come for one or both!
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 15-18
Choreographer Pam Tanowitz premiers The Spectators next week at NYLA, a work continuing her investigation of “dance steps as objects” and re-imaging classical ballet in a post-modern framework. Tanowitz has long been interested in revealing the mechanics of dance-making, and her work exists in a progression, with each piece continuing the work of the last. We’re interested to see what’s in store in this iteration, which deals with the pairing of utilitarian and ornate movements.