Object Collection Brings Hyper Experimental Opera to Abrons

Combining performance, experimental music and theater, the exciting Brooklyn-based group Object Collection (writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just) is bringing their latest production, INNOVA, to the Abrons Arts Center. The performance, presented with Incubator Arts Project, will include an array of various texts from “gangster films, political manifestos, and plagiarized performance art,” with five vocalists/performers “sifting through a baroque landscape of objects and tools triggering a barrage of action, images and sound.” Read an in-depth article about the current production and the performance process in NewMusicBox. For a sample of their work, watch Object Collection’s most recent video “teaser” (after the jump).

Live Multimdeia Piece – the horror the horror – Comes to Abrons

A special live sound/video/performance “spectacle,” the horror the horror (i have plenty of energy to drive over there), is taking over the Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Center this weekend. Created and performed by Shaun Irons, Lauren Petty, Madeline Best and Brian Rogers, this unique and fully improvised piece first appeared at the 2010 Movement Research Fall Festival.

The production incorporates a live dancer with live and processed imagery, electronic, and acoustic music and audio sources ranging from Mel Gibson to Marlon Brando.

Lower East Side Talent Showcase This Sunday

In celebration of Seward Park Cooperative’s 50th Anniversary, Producer/Director Neal Young and Abrons Arts Center are hosting the Lower East Side Talent Showcase this Sunday at 3pm.  Young reports, “We have a good line up of about 13-14 acts consisting of bands, singers, dancers, comics etc., all with LES connections.” 

Justin Bond’s Christmas Spells Return to Abrons

Justin Bond and the “Pixie Harlots.” photo by Michael Hart

Justin Bond is returning to Abrons Arts Center for the Holidays with his wildly popular “Christmas Spells.” The light-hearted “show-tacular” is based on the short story “Dixie Belle: The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” written by Kate Bornstein

New Federal Theater Brings Rollicking ‘Knock Me a Kiss’ to Abrons

The New Federal Theater has been generating some buzz with their production of ‘Knock Me a Kiss’ at Abrons Arts Center. The play has a stellar cast and stars Tony winner Andre De Shields as W.E.B. Du Bois.  The story, written and directed by Charles Smith, is based on the ill-advised marriage of W. E. B. Du Bois’s daughter Yolande to one of Harlem’s great poets, Countee Cullen, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.  Resulting fun (and some poignance) ensues when it becomes clear Countee Cullen is more attracted to his best friend, Harold Jackman, than his new wife. Read the NY Times review here and the CurtanUp review here. More info at broadway world here.

Jonah Bokaer & Harrison Atelier Bring U.S. Premier “Anchises” to Abrons

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jonah Bokaer has teamed up with the interdisciplinary design firm Harrison Atelier to produce the co-creation, Anchises. The work debuted at the newly opened Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth, UK in October, and will receive it’s U.S. premier at the Abrons Arts Center beginning tonight.  Harrison Atelier writes that the piece “gives visual and physical expression to the themes of aging, use and reuse of materials, and the role of space in determining the body’s range and potential.”

Howard Fishman to Debut Trilogy of Albums at Abrons

Howard Fishman-photo by Michael Benanav

Musician Howard Fishman has been out of the limelight the last year or so because he’s been working away at some new music, three new albums, in fact, and he will be debuting each one on three consecutive nights, beginning this Thursday, at Abrons Arts Center.  Each evening of music is set against a specific geographical backdrop: New Orleans (Better Get Right) on November 4, Romania (No Further Instructions) on November 5, and Brooklyn, New York (The World Will Be Different) on November 6.