Hello Friends and Family on the Mother Boards .
Come see Big Art Group's new work "Broke House" At Abrons Art Center.
I would love to share this stunning experience with all of you!
Heather Litteer aka Rabbit!!!!
A Performance Crisis
APRIL 6-22, 2012
FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS AT 8PM AND SUNDAYS AT 7PM
ABRONS ARTS CENTER, 466 GRAND STREET AT PITT STREET
F, J, M, Z TRAINS TO DELANCEY/ESSEX, B, D TRAINS TO GRAND ST
GENERAL ADMISSION $20
TICKETS ON SALE NOW, ABRONSARTSCENTER.ORG
A breakout hit of the Abrons’ 2012 American Realness Festival, Caden Manson/Big Art Group's newest group performance returns for a three-week run.Broke House is Checkov’s Three Sisters, reality tv,Grey Gardens, and Jack Smith diced up and served fresh in a visually and technologically stunning, lighting fast performance matrix.
"True to their name, Big Art Group's performances are big in every possible way: prismatic visuals hurtle across a panoply of screens, dazzling with flashing colors; strange conjunctions of video imagery captured live by a battery of cameras and spliced together in real time, ambush the eye; digital soundscapes thrum, groan, and roar at synesthesia-inducing volumes." -
Jacob Gallagher-Ross, The Drama Review
Broke House explores the process of construction, when that process becomes sharply interrupted by historical events, and dissolves into the shapelessness of an aftermath. Those processes that were “building” previous to the play’s beginning include a life, a family, architecture, or a system of beliefs, an economy of values, and the creation of the performance itself. But when events intervene— events like collapse, upheaval, disaster, abandonment,forgetting, fear, and strife— all the raw materials and the players themselves become deformed into a new formlessness, and enter a transitional state of potentiality. Like the pause loop in a video game,Broke House takes place in this marginal time zone.
Like all of Big Art Group’s works, Broke House offers our meditation on the current states of America, which we believe have been in flux for at least as long as our ensemble has been up and running. Beyond the topical symptoms of foreclosure crises, credit crises, occupy movements and extremist rhetoric, we suppose that the metaphorical heart of the country has been suffering, and perhaps has decided to rebuild the body that surrounds it.
Caden Manson/Big Art Group is a New York performance ensemble using language and media to push formal boundaries of performance, digital media and visual arts creating culturally transgressive works using original text and technology. Big Art Group's diverse ensemble explores, develops and produces innovative new performances. The company has produced eleven original works. and in its eleven year history, the company has become a nationally and internationally prominent and critically recognized ensemble with publications in major journals,PAJ, Theater, TDR, Theater der Zeit, Theater Heute and co-productions with Festival d'Automne, Vienna Festival,Hebbel am Ufer, Le Vie de Festival, Wexner Center For The Arts, MAC CrÉteil, ThÉâtre Garonne, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. bigartgroup.com
Created by Caden Manson, Jemma Nelson, Big Art Group, Direction, Video, and Scenography by Caden
Manson, Sound by Jemma Nelson, Assistant Director Kathleen Amshoff and Bradley Kal Hagan, Performed by
David Commander, Nicholas Gorham, Heather Litteer, Willie Mullins, Matthew Nasser, Edward Stresen-
Reuter, Technical Director and Lighting Design by Hillery Makatura. Production Manager Ana Mari de
Quesada, Costumes by Caden Manson and Jeffrey Ralston
On Twitter: @bigartgroup
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/deadset2