A small theater company has a major opportunity: Bring free Shakespeare to thousands of people in their city. Optimist Theatre will perform As You Like It in a public park this summer, sharing the joys of Shakespeare in the middle of Milwaukee.
An experimental sound play rooted in Appalachia, Runnin’ Down the Mountaintells the story of two siblings living alone with their familial ghosts.
After a successful trial run last summer, the creative team is ready to give the play its due — and seeking support to make the production a success, produce the premiere, and eventually take the show on the road. Help raise the curtain on our Project of the Day.
Devouring Devouring is a new dance piece developed over two years and across more than 5,000 miles.
Choreographer Netta Yerushalmy has created dances for more than 15 years, but this will be her first evening-length work. She brings together a company of dancers from New York and Tel Aviv to perform the piece, raising questions about the impact of our locations on the ways we move.
Near Death is a two-night festival of performance art dealing with the “infinitely small territory we claim between life and death.”
Hosted by Fourth Wall Project in Boston, the exhibition is organized by artist/curator Vela Phelan with a mixture of local and international participants.
As a form of art practice with little commercial viability, performance art programs can be difficult to fund. Factor in the necessity of the participating artists’ physical presence, and the cost is daunting. By turning to Kickstarter, Phelan is looking for support from the Boston arts community to make these curatorial ideas possible — and help artists make a small living in the process.
Dana Peters builds costumes and sets from hand-printed paper and performs strange rituals of her own devising, weaving together shapes gleaned from the natural world to create new forms.
Her current Kickstarter project, The Wild People, will culminate in a printmaking residency program in Buenos Aires. Blushing Skull, above, is just one of several original artworks available to backers. As Peters puts it, “I am exchanging the art that I have made and the art that I will be making for the opportunity to begin a completely new body of work.”
If you like eating and you like stories — and really, are there two more universally adored activities? — then Eat My Heart Out is probably something you’d love. A storytelling dinner theater, it collects some of the best performers that New York City has to offer, asks each to tell a personal tale, then serves audience members bespoke courses inspired by the thematic arc of those stories. Their upcoming event will feature names from NPR, the Moth, Jezebel and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and will dish up goodies from chefs trained in the city’s best restaurants (Roberta’s and Grammercy Tavern, among them.) Can you say, yum? How about “Project of the Day”?
Poet Thomas Fucaloro reciting his work aloud at an abandoned monastery in Staten Island. Just one of the many videos filmed as part of Poetry Observed in New York City. Read more at their latest project update — back for original poetry and more on their page.
At the crossroads of music, sculpture, and performance comes Kris Perry’s Machines, a project which finds the artist creating elaborate sound devices out of old factory equipment. Perry describes his work as “booming percussives, low frequency vibrations, and howling pipes — all operated to create sounds by musicians poised at control panels.” And the musicians in this case are an impressive array, ranging from folkie Elvis Perkins to Tommy Stinson (founding member of The Replacements!) and former Smashing Pumpkins’ bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. The piece is set to debut at The Hudson Music Festival this August; it debuts as our Project of the Day today!
Shannon Gillen may already have created three Kickstarter projects, but she still manages to pull out all the stops with her latest: BOTLEK, a nuanced analysis of the international shipping industry through interpretative dance. She’s combining pre-recorded found sound and original texts with her highly original, modern moves to tell a complex maritime tale. So we made her our Project of the Day, which is our version of giving a standing ovation.
With over a decade of programming under their belt, the folks behind Non-Event are celebrating their 11th season by going bigger than ever before, bringing dozens of experimental and avant artists to the Boston area for amazing shows. Their line-up boasts names like C. Spencer Yeh, Greg Kelley, Belarisk, and C.M. von Hausswolff — and they’re not even done with the schedule! We can’t wait to see what will happen next for these guys, our Project of the Day.
Based on a poetry chapbook by Andy Young, The People Is Singular will be a multimedia event using spoken word, video art, and soundscapes to explore the recent Egyptian Revolution — a presentation as dynamic as the social moment it documents. A one-night only event that will take place at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans, we think that seeing it happen might be worth the trip. Definitely worth making it our Project of the Day.