CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is a trilogy of performance works to premiere September 2017 at three commissioning NYC venues. We are thrilled to create our first project for Abrons Art Center (STAGE), and to continue longstanding relationships with The Invisible Dog (AUTHOR) and The Chocolate Factory (CAST).
CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is an exploration of three elemental facets of performance and their political and cultural ramifications: the performer, spectacle and authorship. It is a collaboration between choreographer Yanira Castro and composer Stephan Moore—two Bessie-award-winning artists whose ten-year collaboration has resulted in ten projects that have toured nationally and internationally. It is by far our most ambitious collaboration; an evolution in our continued line of questioning about the construction of experience and how we culturally attend performances.
The project begins with a set of 15 audio and video recordings, engaging 15 NYC performers responding to conversations about the act of performing and casting, unearthing personal and political questions about aesthetics, inclusion and representation. These videos will be created within an environment at LMCC’s Studio at 125 Maiden Lane in July 2016. The resulting videos will form the base material (text, movement, and spatial arrangements) for each of the three works.
Stephan Moore’s music/sound score for each work begins with the recorded material—words and actions culled from the initial videos—which are harnessed by three different processes to realize a score for each piece. In all cases, the musical outcome of these scores will be recognizable as belonging to each of the works, yet completely different at each individual presentation of each work.
In CAST, the sound score is intimate and occurs at a human scale, resulting from the interlocking actions of four performers interpreting spontaneously generated scores of text and movement. These scores are derived from the videos, using an algorithmic process to be developed during an August 2016 residency at Abrons Art Center.
For STAGE, a group of five improvising musicians will use a variety of amplified sound sources (traditional instruments, objects, machinery, and software) to create an unfolding auditory spectacle according to a map of sonic possibilities built each night to align with what Castro describes as “a theatrical tech fantasia, a seamless orchestration of moving parts: the raising of curtains, the cueing of lights, the entrance of dancers, the construction of spectacle.”
The musicians are previous collaborators: Moore, Scott Smallwood, Suzanne Thorpe, Caroline Park and Michael Dauphinais.
The score for AUTHOR is infused through the space by a multi-channel sound system, resulting in sound that is immersive yet disembodied. The evolving sonic environment will be navigated via selections, requests, and disruptions made explicitly or implicitly by the work’s co-authors: the audience.