TYSON vs. ALI

Reid Farrington

Photo by John Hurley

World Premiere

Theater

Jan 3 - 19

TYSON vs. ALI
Reid Farrington (USA)

Harrowing and unpredictable, TYSON vs. ALI brings the debate heard in hundreds of barbershops across America to life – placing these two giants in the ring together in a way no one has previously imagined.

A volatile combination of dance, theater, and new-media stagecraft, the palpable emotional and physical experience of boxing is examined through the larger-than-life personas of Iron Mike and The Greatest. With choreography by Laura K. Nicoll and script by Frank Boudreaux, leather hits flesh for 9 rounds of action as the boxers spar with each other, interpreting these men and their myths.

Director Reid Farrington
Writer Frank Boudreaux
Choreographer Laura K. Nicoll
Performers Roger Casey, Femi Olagoke, Dennis A. Allen II, Jonathan Swain, Dave Shelley

“The interplay between the live and film actors is an elegant kind of dance, a marvelous technical feat, visually arresting, aesthetically complex” -The New York Times

“It was magical, and sinister, and strange – one of the most satisfying theatrical experiences I’ve had in ages. We are seduced by the grandeur of the original even as Farrington shatters it.” – Claudia La Rocco, WNYC (on The Passion Project)

60 minutes



 

Reid Farrington is a new media artist, theater director and stage designer. Currently he works as an AV specialist at the Museum of Modern Art. He is also in the midst of developing a performance installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art based on “The Cupid”, a much contested Michelangelo sculpture found at the French Embassy in NYC. He is also in development of a hybrid live sports/ performance that poses Mike Tyson vs. Muhammad Ali, two boxers who never met in the ring, with Performance Space 122. His most recent work Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol,which mixes live performers with video projected characters from 35 different film version of the Dickens’ classic tale, premiered at the Abrons Art Center in 2011. It will return to Abrons for the 2012 season and will continue to be annual event for years to come. His directorial debut was THE PASSION PROJECT, based on the film The Passion of Joan of Arc,premiered at the PS/K2 festival in Copenhagen, Denmark in November 2007. Gin & “It” his second theater piece, based on Alfred Hitchcock’sRope, premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in March 2010. He was a technical artist for The Wooster Group from 2001 – 2008. He designed video and created hardware and software systems for the integration of video and sound for six of the company’s productions: To You, the Birdie!, Brace Up!, Poor Theater, House/Lights, WHO’S YOUR DADA?! and Hamlet. He has toured his work and five of The Wooster Group’s productions to Copenhagen, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Brussels, Athens, Vancouver, and Columbus, OH. He has held creative residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, the 3LD Art & Technology Center and Abrons Art Center/ Henry Street Settlement. His work has been funded by New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Experimental Television Center, the Jerome Foundation and The Franklin Furnace Fund. His finished works have been featured and reviewed with critical acclaim in The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, Lighting and Sound America, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York. www.reidfarrington.com

 

3-Legged Dog exists to produce new, original works in theater, performance, media and hybrid forms. Working out of a strong literary tradition, our mission is to explore the new narrative possibilities created by digital technology, and to provide an environment for our artists to create new tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines.
 
3LD Art & Technology Center is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio for emerging and established artists and organizations that create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds.
 
Since opening in 2006, we have hosted more than 700 artists a year through our 3LD Residency Program, offering artists a unique experience with 24/7 access to specialized equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the desperately needed time to fully realize their visions (6 to 16 week residencies). If New York City is to remain at the forefront of artistic innovation and experimentation, then its artists must have the means to create cutting-edge work.
 

 

 

Just 3 blocks south of the WTC site, 3-Legged Dog is the first producing arts group to sign a lease in the Liberty Zone and the first to rebuild downtown. A cultural anchor for the Greenwich Street Corridor, 3LD Art & Technology Center has been called a “quintessentially ‘hip location,’ a magnet in a still rough-around-the-edges neighborhood,” by Newsday and The New York Times said after 3LD opened, “A theater group offers hope at Ground Zero.”
 
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Conceived & Directed: Reid Farrington

Story: Reid Farrington & Frank Boudreaux
Script: Frank Boudreaux

Choreography: Laura K Nicoll

Performers: Dennis A. Allen II, Roger Casey, Femi Olagoke, Jonathan Swain, Dave Shelley
Video & Set Design: Simon Harding

Lighting Design: Laura Mroczkowski
 & Nick Ryckert

Costume Design: Karen Flood

Sound Design: Juan Aboites

Lead Editor/Asst. video design: Jeff Wood

Dir. of Photog/Asst video design: John Hurley
Asst. Director: Christopher Burris

Stage Manager: Cady Knoll

Prod. Assoc/Light Board: Akil Noel

Prod. Assoc/Sound Board: Matthew Carrington
Prod. Management: A.P. Andrews

Video Mash Ups: Kelly Colburn

Asst. Lighting Designer: Elliott Jenetopulos
Asst. Stage Manager: Stacy Arnaiz
Makeup Designer: Jennifer Snowdon
Special Effects Makeup: Shenna Vaughn
Original Music: Marco Panella
Technical Dir.: Taylor Riccio

Ring Construction: Art Domantay
Asst. Editor: Najee Gardner

Asst. Makeup Artist: Jillian McMahon

Fight Trainer: Martin Gonzales


Produced by 3-Legged Dog Productions. Commissioned by PS122 with support from a 50th Anniversary Grant from the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).