SF Intl. Arts Festival: Company Prototype Status with Keith Hennessy & Cristian Burns
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San Francisco International Arts Festival
The seventh annual San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) kicks off on May 19 and runs through May 30 with more than 40 performances and two major visual arts exhibits being presented by 32 San Francisco organizations at multiple venues throughout the City. With its annual theme, "The Truth in Knowing/Now: Threads in Time, Place, Culture," SFIAF 2010 will include numerous World Premieres, US Debuts & International Collaborations featuring leading artists from the Bay Area performing and exhibiting with and alongside their international peers from around the world. This year's festival includes dance, music, theatre and visual arts and events will take place at four venues at the Fort Mason Center (the Cowell & Southside Theatres and the Herbst and Festival Pavilions) as well as at Monaghan's Bar, Theater Artaud, the Garage, the Herbst Theatre and Union Square.
Friday May 28
Company Prototype Status from Vevey in Switzerland makes its U.S. Debut with solo performances by artistic director, Jasmine Morand (Frozen), dancer Elina Mller Meyer (Caso & Caos) and "Marvin--biomechanical birth of an android," which is an intriguing and intense solo performance choreographed by artistic director, Jasmine Morand and performed by David N. Russo. "Marvin" is 35 minutes in length and, as its sub-title suggests, chronicles the first moments of life of a being of artificial intelligence. The piece is danced expertly by Russo who gives a virtuosic performance seamlessly executing movement combinations ranging from classical ballet to butoh with grace and skill. The sound score, mixed live onstage by Berkeley, CA based Enrique Gonzalez Mller adds to the intensity of the work.
Saturday May 29
"Marvin" will be performed as part of a shared bill with Keith Hennessy in "Almost Nothing, Almost Everything."
Keith Hennessy comes to SFIAF to improvise: to invent a performance from almost nothing, accessing almost everything. Curious about histories of moving bodies and bodily movement, Hennessy's improvisations are a dynamic mash-up of Judson, body art, stand up, Ridiculous, Modern, lecture, and ritual (where Ridiculous means, among other things, subversive camp, and ritual is about how a group of people experience magic and/or death together). He might go off on a political rant, he might take questions from the audience, and hell probably change costumes and be naked. Hennessys all-improv concerts are rarely presented in the Bay Area but have been recently featured and praised in New York at Dance Theatre Workshop, in Mexico at the Prisma Foru, and in Germany at Ponderosa.
Sunday May 30
"Marvin" will be performed as part of a shared bill with Christian Burns and Oakland based video artist Anthony Discenza presenting "Beneath Your Sheltering Hand."
San Francisco based choreographer Christian Burns and Oakland based video artist Anthony Discenza collaborated to create a work for solo performer with text and video projection. "Beneath Your Sheltering Hand" investigates the oppressive nature of mass media and the effects of being constantly exposed to a flux of dense, highly censored and edited information broadcast without context; a condition that inhibits any real sense being made of it. The artists comment, "The media portrays itself as benevolent and enlightening (or sheltering) but in fact we're being crushed beneath its force."
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