Brian Rogers (USA)
Hot Box is a companion piece to Rogers’ 2010 Bessie-nominated performance Selective Memory. Where Selective Memory was extremely clean and minimalist, Hot Box is loud, foggy, sweaty, and drunk. Inspired by films like Apocalypse Now and Fitzcarraldo, Hot Box is a live performance situation that is violent and chaotic; from that chaos, attempts to compose a sequence of video images that are quiet, sustained, focused, and organized – yet coated with an emotional residue.
“There will be haze, flashing lights, loud noises. There will be docents to guide you, should you need to escape…”
The New York Times
Brian Rogers will participate in SPAN on January 18 at 12pm at the COIL HUB.
Jan 12, 14, 15 8pm
Jan 13 6pm
The Chocolate Factory: 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City
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Brian Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale theatrical performances at The Chocolate Factory and elsewhere including the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory (2010/11) redevelop (death valley) (2009), 2 Husbands (2007), and Gun Play (2006). His newest performance work Hot Box will premiere in September 2012 as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line festival; and he will show new video work at Ventana 244 Gallery in November 2012. In addition to his own work, Brian curates The Chocolate Factory’s Visiting Artist Program (now in its 7th year) which supports the work of more than 100 theater, dance, music and multimedia artists each year. As a video and performance artist, Brian has collaborated with numerous dance and theater artists including Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty (the horror the horror, Movement Research Festival 2010, Abrons Arts Center 2011), Aynsley Vandenbroucke (Danspace Project, March 2011) Tara O’Con (Danspace Project, January 2009), Jillian Sweeney (September 2009), and the Movement Research Spring 2008 Festival (24x4x4). Recent video works include The Borden Avenue Bridge Project, presented at NY Designs in May 2008. He is a graduate of Bennington College.
The OBIE Awarding-winning Chocolate Factory Theater values the process of creation and the spirit of experimentation; and is a leading incubator for new developments in experimental performance. The Factory’s 5,000 square foot facility is home to new work by the company’s Founding Artists; and provides support to over 100 Visiting Artists each year. The work of The Chocolate Factory’s founding artists emphasizes multi-disciplinary collaboration combining movement, music, video and text to devise a means of storytelling that is immediate, collage-like, highly visual, and dependent on new technologies. When successful, the work is not easily categorized as theater, dance, new music, or video art and is rather a thorough intermingling of these disciplines. By extension, our curatorial values when it comes to Visiting Artists leads to work that exists across or between disciplines-work that requires new methods, more time, and a new kind of audience.
The Chocolate Factory is located in Long Island City, at the first stop on both the 7 and G trains into Queens. L.I.C. is a waterfront neighborhood which in recent years has become known for its thriving arts community, and has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions (among them MOMA’s PS1, the Institute of the Moving Image, Socrates Sculpture Park, Isamu Noguchi Museum) and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City.
Concept, Direction, Choreography, Video, Sound, Performance Brian Rogers
Director of Photography, Performance Madeline Best
Technology Design Mike Rugnetta
Set Design Brad Kisicki
Lighting Design Jon Harper
Costume Design Maggie Dick
Major production support provided by the Map Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable FOundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional commissioning support provided by NYSCA’s Individual Artist Program. Hot Box was shown in progress at Mount Tremper Arts. Hot Box premiered at the Chocolate Factory in September 2012 as part of the Crossing the Line festival. Additional presentation support from Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance and Jerome Robbins Foundation.