Marc Arthur has a kickstarter going to raise money to mount MASCOT, a performance that incorporates live painting, sculpture, dance, theater and music into a visually & conceptually rigorous experience. If you can help him, help him!
Mascot goes up April 12th, 13th and 14th at the Martha Graham Studio in the West Village!
Using visceral materials like latex and fiber, four performers will create three large paintings while extensive choreography, text and music guide their actions. Each performer endures a unique catharsis that involves live doves and paint as body fluid to expose the raw nerves that pulse through modern life. The performance then lives on as a permanent art work when the paint dries.
Performers and collaborators are: Jake Lasser, Ryan Lawrence, Philly Kondor 8, Jehan O. Young and Savannah Knoop.
You can support Marc on kickstarter here.
A few weeks ago we posted an interview with Marc Arthur about his highly anticipated theatrical adaptation of Peter and the Wolf. Alas, the time came and the time passed and now all we have to share are our memories, but the memories those that ventured out to see the play share are grand, for Marc’s adaptation truly dazzled. His vision was a unique one, with a cast largely made up of kids using live action painting and dance to tell the tale. After interviewing Marc (and since I have known his work for awhile) I had a sense that the play would truly break apart traditional theatrical conventions, but waited with bated breath to see if his description would match the actual experience of viewing the play.
After the lights dimmed and the play began all anxieties faded as the audience wandered into a fanciful tale full of color and extreme language rarely expressed through children. A favorite line of my girlfriend and mine was spoken by one little girl to the other and was something like, “Do you see what nature did to you?” The line was used as a jab, the little girl belittled was a duck that was regularly harassed and put down by the other girls for being unable to fly. Eventually the little duck burst into tears and confessed, “Because I love Justin Beiber.” The line invoked laughter in much of the audience, but in retrospect it truly was a peculiar laughter since so many little girls are caught in the same emotional reverie as the little duckling that couldn’t fly. Am I really that immature that I find humor in a little girls pain as she longs for her idol? I guess I too “am a sick man and a spiteful man,” the Grandfather quoted Fyodor Dostoevsky as s/he took the stage from a seat in the audience.
Breaking the wall between audience and show wasn’t the only way the play broke convention, in the end the whole play evolved into an auction house wherein the live-action painting that continually evolved throughout the play was bidded away at somewhere around 100,000 pounds. I’m sure every director in the audience cringed as they, for the first time, realized the enormous opportunity theater provides to auction off art. After this, the ballerina’s took stage again, by now though, their outfits and faces were covered in paint, another reminder of innocence’s fragile nature, the once clean little girls, like the rest of the characters, prove just how dirty and simultaneously beautiful the world can be.
Here’s a short little clip I took of a choreographed dance scene of Peter painting while the Ballerina’s took flight into reverie:
Whenever I tell people about my friend Marc Arthur, I can’t help but describe him as one of my crazed genius friends. Ever since I first met Marc (at some drunken crazed party in San Francisco wherein everyone was some version of male/female parading their bodies like peacocks strutting for a sexual encounter) I’ve had the joy of expanding my notions of theater and performance art. Marc Arthur’s work strips theater of its essential elements to create a new model for live performance, fusing physical media with live action to articulate a combined logic of the performing and visual arts. His shows have been produced by LaMaMa, Dixon Place, New Langton Arts, and The Living Theater. Arthur frequently collaborates with legendary underground filmmakers the Kuchar brothers and beloved drag performance artist Vaginal Davis. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice (2007) and Frise, Hamburg (2009). Arthur studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin; the California College of the Arts, San Francisco; and in the dramatic writing program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. It brings me great joy and excitement to announce his latest work, Peter and the Wolf, is coming to fruition. Be sure to buy tickets and check out the interview we did so you all can get a better understanding of the beautiful work he’s been lovingly working diligently on so that theater may progress.
Here’s the interview:
MP: Hey Marc! It’s really great to meet up with you and talk about Peter and the Wolf, wanna start out by talking about the inspiration for its creation?
MA: Yeah! It started about two years ago. I was hiking in Big Sur when I had a very communal experience with a wolf. When I first saw it I thought it was going to attack me. I retreated but the wolf caught my eye. There was something about this creature that was so human. The animal and I bonded and I ended up spending the night there with it. At the time I was also doing work at New Langton Arts. I conceived of a show where each character in Peter and the Wolf would be represented by a different artist – there would be an exhibition and every artist would submit a work based on their character. It’s evolved since then into a more performance based piece.
For the past two years Marc Arthur has been developing a production of Peter and the Wolf that he’s thrilled to announce will soon be realized. He has brought together an amazing cast of mostly child actors and ballerinas, along with a production team that he’s honored to work with, and a beautiful 120 seat space in the lower east side in New York where the piece will be produced this March. Based on Prokofiev’s original musical concept, in which characters are represented by musical instruments, this performance uses painting to represent characters. Actors will paint live as they perform a theatrical version of the story.
Producing a show like this is costly and Marc has no outside funding… he’s relying on individual donations to cover all of the budget. So we’d like to point your attention to the fundraiser running to make the dream possible on Indygogo to raise $10,000 over the next 2 months. All donations are tax-deductible through Marc’s partnership with Fractured Atlas. And the best part is that, if you donate, you’ll get some delightful rewards in return! So please make a donation today – any amount helps.
This is your chance to be part of the process. Spread the word.
You can learn more about Peter and the Wolf on Marc’s website. Continue reading
So this Wednesday, 11/17/09 I’ll be helping Mark Arthur restage the show we put on over the course of a month last spring entitled “The Key” at the Mix Performance Festival.
I’ve never done any sort of performance in NYC so I’m excited to debut. Come out come out.. if you are unfamiliar with The Key, here is a video to wet your appetite:
So I met you today at your open casting call for your new film “Wild Thing” and I didn’t have any headshots but I slipped you a Minorprogression sticker… anyway, here are some links to stuff I’ve done and a few video’s from performance art projects I’ve been associated with or spearheaded myself. I’m a huge fan and I pretty much lived the abusive runaway story that thankfully didn’t kill me and now I’d love to help create something provocative and interesting out of it with you. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This video shows clips of Marc Arthur’s performance art event “The Key”. If your not familiar with Marc Arthur’s work I highly suggest checking out his website. And yes, that’s me enraptured in the begining.. screaming like a banshee influenced by a Maenead before True Blood made Maeneads “cool.” Continue reading
This video shows clips of Marc Arthur’s performance art event “The Key”. If your not familiar with Marc Arthur’s work I highly suggest checking out his website. And yes, that’s me enraptured in the begining.. screaming like a banshee influenced by a Maenead before True Blood made Maeneads “cool.”