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What happens if you take a group of artists working in different genres and media and put them all onstage together? That’s the impetus behind the Brooklyn Performance Combine, which will take place this Saturday night, June 3, and feature one sound artist, two poets, six visual artists, six choreographers, one performance company, three musicians, several aerialists, and one meteorologist (a performer in her own right!).

According to the official description, the structure of the event is as follows:

A timer will start the countdown for the performance. Each artist will be programmed to begin and end at a time designated through chance operations within the 120-minute interval. At times a poet will be reading while a sound artist is performing. A dancer will enter, perform and depart. Sounds will overlap. There will be silence. Every aspect of the performance will be unrehearsed, live, spontaneous, and uninterrupted. Audiences can come and go as the event clock ticks out of time.

Dancer/choreographer Brandon Collwes will perform with singer/songwriter Chris Blacker in Norte Maar’s Brooklyn Performance Combine (photo by Paco Blancas)

Among the highlights are a collaborative poetry dance between choreographer Molissa Fenley and poet Bob Holman, with a giant painting by Roy Fowler, and dance theater artist Ara Fitzgerald’s performance as P.T. Barnum, who’s likened to Donald Trump.

The event is being organized by Brooklyn arts nonprofit Norte Maar, which produced the first Brooklyn Performance Combine in 2014 in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum’s Crossing Brooklyn exhibition. Writer James Panero attended that first iteration and called it “an electrifying synergy that was part celebration, part exorcism.” Set up in a new home, warehouse circus school the Muse, this year’s combine should be a real ball.

When: Saturday, June 3, 7–9pm ($15–40)
Where: The Muse (350 Moffat Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

More info here

Jillian Steinhauer

Jillian Steinhauer is a former senior editor of Hyperallergic. She writes largely about the intersection of art and...