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Dancers and Performers Offer “Real Talk” on Canceled Shows, Contracts, and More
This week, contributors to the living document “Creating New Futures” will host a conversation focused the ripple effects of the pandemic and the need for radical change in the arts.
A Play About Jackson Pollock’s Life Obscures Lee Krasner’s Importance
Pollock by Fabrice Melquiot is in many ways just another paean to the ‘heroic male painter.’
A 24-Hour Cultural Filibuster Against Gun Violence
For Bang, Bang, Gun Amok, artist George Emilio Sanchez has brought together some 50 artists to perform for a full day.
What Roberto Bolaño Can Teach Us About Making Art Under Fascism
A new stage adaptation of Bolaño’s 1993 novel Distant Star juxtaposes the lofty aspirations and dire realities of poets living through Chile’s 1973 coup.
The Embodied Life Writing of Aynsley Vandenbroucke
Aynsley Vandenbroucke has been exploring the relation of literary formalism to the human body in a way few writers, if any, are doing.
The Passionate Art of LGBTQ Prisoners in the US
In this politically polarized moment, when the notion of compassion itself seems to be on trial, exhibitions like this one have become ever more urgent.
Camera Obscura: Jackie Sibblies Drury’s ‘Really’
Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury had its world premiere at Abrons Arts Center on March 18.
Hicks Meet Slickers and a Mesopotamian Sage: Sybil Kempson’s ‘Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag’
Sybil Kempson’s Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, in a world premiere run at the Abrons Arts Center through May 17, is the first production by her new theater company.
Hands On and Off: The Forest Fringe Festival
The Abrons Arts Center hosted the Forest Fringe Microfestival over the weekend of October 3. Forest Fringe originated at the Edinburgh Festival, a fringe within the Edinburgh Fringe, and has become internationally mobile as an independent entity.
Wagner with Quotes on: Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’
Director/writer Richard Maxwell was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an unusual, though not undeserved, honor for a theater director. His Isolde, now running at the Abrons Arts Center, is a departure from his recent work, a surprisingly conventional play, which he presents in his customary flat, affectless fashion.
A Play Without Actors, Only Light and Sound
The idea of a play with no people on stage isn’t new. That is, after all, what the phantasmagoria stage shows of the 18th and 19th centuries were all about, where projections of light with sound conjured a theatrical spectacle of phantoms. In Dutch artist Gabriel Lester’s Super Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1), presented at Abrons Arts Center as part of Performa 13, this experiment was resurrected in a piece of 20 minutes where nothing moved on the angular stage except lights and an occasional door opening and closing.