Body Cartography Project with Zeena Parkins will premier at this year’s American Realness Festival. Photo by Gene Pittman.
2013 is off to an incredible “art start” here on the L.E.S. with three theater festivals kicking off this week. A few blocks north, The Public Theater’s annual Under The Radar Festival (UTR), now in its ninth year, opens on Wednesday and runs through January 20th. UTR is known for its mostly international lineup of new and experimental work by ensembles, solo artists and independent writers. If you want a crash course in exciting independent theater, The Public is the place to be this week. A highlight for me is the return of the remarkable Belarus Free Theatre, a radical human rights based company devoted to resistance of the current Belarus political regime.
Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor’s American Realness Festival is back at Abrons for it’s second year with a line-up of heavy-hitters in the contemporary dance/performance scene. This year’s 5-day program is described as a “festival of new dance and contemporary performance… a platform for the other-ed, experimental and subversive American artists tearing at the boundaries of their form in pursuit of new research and artistic production.”
Many people have taken note, including Claudia La Rocco at the New York Times and David Velasco at Artforum, who included last year’s festival in his “Best of Dance 2010.”