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?!: New Works 2023 – Night 9
Andres Osorio, Emmanuelle Zagoria, Abs Wilson, Charlene Jean
April 15$20 – $50
The Brick presents
?!: New Works 2023 – Night 9
featuring Andres Osorio, Emmanuelle Zagoria, Abs Wilson, Charlene Jean
April 15, 2023
Hosted by Devon Wade Granmo
The spiritual successor to The Exponential Festival, ?!:New Works features a veritable slew of experiment(al)(ing) artists from a variety of disciplines presenting brand new work. Working it out. With each other. With you.
Killing the Baby Seals
by Andres Osorio
At a high school drill competition, some cadets find individual purpose and promise for their futures, while others find it forced upon them a use it as a mask to hide behind. A theatrical experiment into the physicality, uniformity, and pageantry of drill and how it is used by those kids who “look like they’re going to war next period.”
Written by Andres Osorio
Directed by Rachel Horwitz
Follow them: @andresoncooper
What’s in the handbag? An experimental feminist disco party
by Emanuelle Zagoria
What’s in the handbag? Nobody knows. Whatever it is, it is deep, festive, collective, devastating, ferocious…This show is an attempt to uncover, celebrate, liberate the ancient depths of what might be inside. There will be songs, loops, synthesis, scientific text samples and other incongruous elements which may deter, defer or entertain on the journey to answer this fundamental question. Hooray.
Written, composed, performed by Emmanuelle Zagoria
Samples from: Judith Butler: Butler, J (2011, June 6). Judith Butler: Your Behavior Creates Your Gender | Big Think (video). YouTube.;
Alain de Botton: de Botton, A. (2006). On Love. Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press.;
Marilyn Waring: Waring, M; TED. (2020, February 17). The unpaid work that GDP ignores — and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring. YouTube. ;
Howard Becker: Becker, H (2012).“Creativity is Not a Scarce Commodity” American Behavioral Scientist, 61, no. 12 (2017): 1579-88. Retreived from https://www.howardsbecker.com/articles/creativity.html
Follow them: @emmanuellezagoria
All We Know of Love & Fire
by abs wilson
In this 20 minute indie-pop musical, historic poets Sara Teasdale, Emily Dickinson, and Sappho come together to answer (with the help of the audience) a single question: how do you hold and carry loneliness— without giving in? Presenting their own personal solutions, the three women debate, weave poetry, and say a silly joke or two as they grow together and search for the answer. Because in the end, they’re going to need each other if they’re going to face the great well of loneliness— without losing their flame.
book and lyrics by abs wilson
music by Wren Mied
directed by Thalia Ranjibar
with Caroline Game playing Sara Teasdale
Veronica Mansour playing Sappho
and abs wilson playing Emily Dickinson
cw: mentions of depression/suicide
SHIT IN THE BLOOD: A BIOMYTHOGRAPHY OF RECIPES
by Charlene Jean
SITB is a ‘digestion play’ concerned about what is lost due to assimilations’ demands forced unto and seducing Black American and Black Immigrant communities. It considers how the generational voids can be compared to digestive tract diseases diverticulitis / diverticulosis. We consider SHIT IN THE BLOOD to be a collaborative project, a scripted show with explicitly somatic opportunities for the performers and the audiences – from stomach affirmations and vagus nerve release. This will be scripted drama, movement, and lecture on the theories our collective has ideated upon.
written by Charlene Jean in collaboration with Bryanna Bradley and features Bryanna Bradley‘s Gastrointestinal Epigenetic Somatic Theory (GEST)
Co-devised by Charlene Jean, Bryanna Bradley, and Courtney Bryan Devon
SITB features soundscapes by Pharaoh Rapture (FKA Myles E. Johnson) and producer Sergio Rivera
Photo credit: Jannai Stroude
Follow them: @psalmsofchar, @bryannabradlee @Coourtinator
cw: strobes, nudity
Lineups are subject to change.
Art by Mark Toneff
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