Co-Curated Showcase

Shows presented by Dixon Place in association with Performance Space 122 and the 8th Annual COIL festival.

at Dixon Place, 161-A Chrystie St. in Manhattan

Friday, January 11 at 7:30pm
Big Dance Theater’s ADAM SMITHEE (Work in Progress) and Sibyl Kempson’s ICH, KURBISGEIST (Performance Excerpt)


Adam Smithee

Directed/Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Performers Elizabeth DeMent and Chris Giarmo
Production Manager Brendan Regimbal
Produced by Aaron Rosenblum

Ich, Kurbisgeist
Directed by Paul Lazar
Co-Directed/Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Written by Sibyl Kempson
Set Joanne Howard
Costumes Suzanne Bocanegra
Lights Joe Levasseur
Sound Jamie McElhinney and Ben Williams
Video Josh Higgason
Production Manager Brendan Regimbal
Produced by Aaron Rosenblum
Performers Paul Lazar, Tymberly Canale, Molly Hickok, Kourtney Rutherford

Adam Smithee
Adam Smithee was the pseudonym used by the Directors Guild of America when a director, dissatisfied with the final product, signaled to the Guild panel that he or she had not been able to exercise creative control over a film. In keeping with this idea of taking movies in the “wrong” direction, Big Dance Theater’s dance/theater triptych Adam Smithee mines three iconic films (Terms of Endearment, Le Cercle Rouge, and Doctor Zhivago) as adaptive frames, each departing from their original intent, and dissected as sources for movement scores, hyper narratives and abstracted text.

Ich, Kurbisgeist
A harsh, quasi-medieval locale facing destruction is populated by a community speaking a rigorous, specific, and completely invented language. Five absurdly fearful and doomed characters sing, dance,and harvest pumpkin seeds. Every word is semi-recognizable: an amalgam of English, Swedish, German – and Sid Ceasar. The language is as tough and unforgiving as the windswept, uncultivated landscape.

Founded in 1991, Big Dance Theater, led by Co-Artistic Directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, has created over 15 dance/theater works using sources ranging from Euripides, Flaubert, and Twain, to the illicit tapes of Richard Nixon to Okinawan pop. Big Dance Theater received “Bessie” Awards in 2002 and 2010; the company was awarded an OBIE in 2000, and the first Jacob’s Pillow Award for Dance Festival in 2007. Big Dance is an inaugural member of the Hatchery Project, a residency consortium. Most recent commissions have been from BAM, Les Subsistances/ Lyon, The Anticodes Festival, and The Walker Art Center. Big Dance Theater has been presented nationally by: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Classic Stage Company, Japan Society, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, On the Boards, UCLA Live, and The Spoleto Festival. Internationally, the company has performed at many festivals and theaters in France (Nantes, Rennes, Brest, Mulhouse, Paris, Lyon), Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil and Germany. The Brooklyn Academy of Music and Les Subsistances will commission Adam Smithee, to premiere in Lyon, France in the spring of 2014 and the Harvey in 2014 Fall. Big Dance is creating Man in a Case (Chekhov) for Hartford Stage (2013), as well as a film version of Another Telepathic Thing with Jonathan Demme.

Estimated runtime: 60 minutes

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

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Saturday, January 12 at 9:00pm
Sonny’s Dream

Conceived and Created by Kobun Kaluza
Produced / Directed by Judith M. Smith
Choreographed by Mindy Rebman
Composed by Jen Rondeau

Where Our Town meets A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, a pastoral coming-of-age romance washes the grit from the faces of a struggling farm family. Below this layer of grit is the colorful world of a talking vegetable kingdom. And Crow welcomes Scarecrow home for another summer season. When walking drunkenly through the fields after a 4th of July fireworks display, Sonny dreams of what might have been had the cruel fates not stolen Donald and Suze’s little girl away from them. It’s the eleventh hour, and the Actor/Manager is calling forth his al dente players to the stage!

Kobun handled the right arm of a pageant puppet in the 2001 Village Halloween Parade, and is now the perennial Captain of the Baby Moths. He adapted, and directed, a commedia-style production of Machiavelli’s, “Mandragola,” Under St. Marks; founded the small stage at Jimmy’s No. 43, and selected the resident artists; MFA Playwriting from Mac Wellman, at Brooklyn College, 2006; performed at PS122, and the Chocolate Factory, as Gordon Matta Clark, for Mile of String; started teaching at the St. Ann’s School; designed lights for Mostly Mozart, at Lincoln Center; premiered the Suitcase Theater at Dixon Place during Little Theater, November 2010.

Estimated time runtime: 50 minutes

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

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Friday, January 18 at 7:30pm

Charm Offensive: Created and performed by James Godwin
Liturgy of the Divine Feminine: Created and performed by Colin Self
The Victim: Created and performed by Jeffrey-Elaine Shotzenberger

Charm Offensive: A one man ritual performance with masks and puppetry. Simple stories. Weird images and ritual magick bring the trickster archetype to life in real time.

Liturgy of the Divine Feminine: Colin Self presents a dissertation on celebrating higher feminine power through corporeal inclinations of drag.

The Victim: Chicago based performance artist Jeffrey-Elaine Shotzenberger presents a slippery and darkly comic lampoon of a one woman show that addresses issues of gender fluidity, sexual power games, temporal subjectivity, failure and American Exceptionalism.

Estimated runtime: 60 mins (total)

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

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Saturday, January 19 at 10:00pm
Top Shelf Talent

Created and performed by Lumberob and James Bewley

This is storytelling. This is a drainage ditch. This is an instructional opportunity. This is a display of fine, fine, top shelf talent. This is experimental sport. This is dance and this is music. This is an energetic melange of text and sound and movement written, directed, designed by James Bewley and Rob Erickson, and performed by their alter-egos, Dale Seever and Lumberob. This is an unfolding of an extraordinarily beautiful napkin. This is a graceful display. This is a subwoofer. These gentlemen are earnest entertainers running a variety show marathon straight into the ground, and it feels good.

Lumberob is an odd vocal show – gagged, barked, and warbled by writer/performer Rob Erickson. Over the last twelve years, Erickson has performed solo as lumberob, and has collaborated with Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Jad Fair, Leslie Strongwater, Joyce Cho, Kevin Blechdom, Laura Peterson, ToonBox. Rob teaches public school in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn.

Dale Radio is an ongoing performance and podcast project by writer/performer, James Bewley. Over the last ten years, Bewley has appeared as his alter ego, Dale Seever in venues across the country including local shows at Housingworks, KGB Bar, Brooklyn Lyceum, and Dixon Place. He lives in Brooklyn too.

Estimated runtime: 80 minutes

Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors

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