YOUARENOTHERE at PRELUDE.13

Andrew Schneider

YOUARENOTHERE at PRELUDE.13

WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING // THURS OCT 3RD // 9:15 PM

Hello Friends,

The Prelude Festival (http://preludenyc.org/) has been going for TEN years strong now! I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a number of those, and am happy to be back for this year’s milestone event. I will be showing an excerpt from my newest work-in-progress: YOUARENOTHERE. I’ll be on in Elebash Hall @ 9:15 sharp for about 20 minutes of recital hall madness. Get there early to get a seat!

The Festival takes place at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309 | ph: 212-817-1860 – See more at: http://preludenyc.org/.

Prelude is always FREE and first come first served.

The entire festival runs from October 2nd through the 4th with an incredible line-up of artists ( Aaron Landsman, Big Dance Theater, Caden Manson / Big Art Group, Cynthia Hopkins, Daniel Fish, Jay Scheib & Co., Jim Findlay, Kate Valk, Mallory Catlett / Restless NYC, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Neal Medlyn, PearlDamour, Taylor Mac, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, ANIMALS, Andrew Ondrejcak, Chris Tyler, Erin Markey, Jerome Ellis & James Harrison Monaco, Katherine Brook / Tele-Violet, Kippy Winston, Kristine Haruna Lee & Built for Collapse, Rebecca Patek, The Assembly, The Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, Woodshed Collective, César Alvarez & Sarah Benson, Elastic City featuring Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith, Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, The Brooklyn Commune, and United States Department of Arts and Culture ! )
Check out the trailer:

 

THE WOOSTER GROUP – West Coast BLOG TAKEOVER day 4

The Wooster Group recently toured it’s collaborative production (with The New York City Players) EARLY PLAYS to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and REDCAT in Los Angeles.  Our incredible Blog Maker, Zbigniew Bzymek, is working on his next feature film, so I enlisted myself for a blog takeover while we were out on the west coast.  This is the final post from our time on tour. I hope to be able to make some more blog stuff for TWG in the future. Stay tuned.

THE WOOSTER GROUP – West Coast BLOG TAKEOVER day 3

The Wooster Group recently toured it’s collaborative production (with The New York City Players) EARLY PLAYS to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and REDCAT in Los Angeles.  Our incredible Blog Maker, Zbigniew Bzymek, is working on his next feature film, so I enlisted myself for a blog takeover while we were out on the west coast.  This is the third post from our time on tour.  One more video to follow in the next few days.

THE WOOSTER GROUP – West Coast BLOG TAKEOVER day 2

The Wooster Group recently toured it’s collaborative production (with The New York City Players) EARLY PLAYS to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and REDCAT in Los Angeles.  Our incredible Blog Maker, Zbigniew Bzymek, is working on his next feature film, so I enlisted myself for a blog takeover while we were out on the west coast.  This is the second post from our time on tour.  More videos to follow in the next few days.

THE WOOSTER GROUP – West Coast BLOG TAKEOVER

The Wooster Group recently toured it’s collaborative production (with The New York City Players) EARLY PLAYS to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and REDCAT in Los Angeles.  Our incredible Blog Maker, Zbigniew Bzymek, is working on his next feature film, so I enlisted myself for a blog takeover while we were out on the west coast.  This is the first post from our time on tour.  More videos to follow in the next few days.

AVAN LAVA – FEELS GOOD Official Video

AVAN LAVA‘s brand new video for FEELS GOOD it feels OH SO GOOD! Behind the scenes with confetti, lasers, and the best bandmates of all time.

A music video by Weston Auburn
Additional Photography:
Meredith Block
Le Chev
Drew Citron
Inge Colsen
Dan Gutt
Ethan Gutt
Ian Pai
Tom Sands
Andrew Schneider

AVAN LAVA – SISTERS Official Video

Check out the new Official Video for my band AVAN LAVA‘s SISTERS. And thanks to the awesome people at Vimeo who made this an official STAFF PICK!

Director: Dan Gutt
Producer: Weston Auburn
Cinematographer: A. Clint Litton
Editor: Alexander Hammer
Production Designer: Ethan Gutt
Sound Design: Colin Alexander
Co-producers: Neena Litton
Xavi Medina
Juan Botta
Stylist: Lexx Alejandro
Asst. Stylist: Audri Nix
Makeup Artists: Ingrid Rivera
Lexx Alejandro
Cast: Crystal Gwyn
Jessie Joe Monge Murphy
Juan Botta

AVAN LAVA “It’s Never Over” live

WHAM! My band AVAN LAVA just dropped this video of “It’s Never Over” performed live at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC. If you’ve never seen an AVAN show live, this captures just some of the boisterous delirium this band is able to conjure in a live venue. And the show is only getting bigger and funner the more we play. (I know funner is not a word, but AVAN LAVA makes it one for sure.)

Live performance of It’s Never Over by AVAN LAVA. Directed by Dan Gutt. Produced by Weston Auburn.

LED shirt FTW!

YOU ARE NOT HERE at CATCH 50!

This past weekend I was fortunate to be included in the CATCH 50 lineup at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City.  It was a huge undertaking by the entire CATCH team as well as The Chocolate Factory.  Such a great space to work in, and such good people to work with.  I premiered a short piece specifically for CATCH called YOU ARE NOT HERE, which I’m treating as a sketch for a longer performance piece that I’ll be developing throughout the year.

Thank you to Bobby McElver for his expert sound engineering; Jeff Larson, Andrew Dinwiddie, and Caleb Hammons who make CATCH happen; and to everyone at The Chocolate Factory for an amazing night.

Lizzie Simon of The Wall Street Journal also gave this great account of Jason Grote’s experience at CATCH 50.

Each week in Curtain Raisers, we invite a local theater artist to attend a show of his or her choosing and discuss the results. On Saturday, the experimental playwright Jason Grote opted to see “Catch 50,” an evening of performance at the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City. Mr. Grote wrote for the first season of NBC’s “Smash,” but is known in the theater community for his plays “1001” and “Civilization (all you can eat).” He’s currently working on a musical adaptation of “1001,” as well as a commission for Seattle’s ACT Theatre about the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and a commissioned adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” for Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Within minutes of arriving at the Chocolate Factory, Mr. Grote was introduced to Kate Valk, a veteran member of the iconic devised-theater ensemble the Wooster Group. She’d just read his play “Civilization,” and told him she would love to someday play the part of the pig.

It was an unlikely interaction between members of two of the theater community’s more prominent camps. Mr. Grote pointed out that the landscape of new stage work is to a large degree divided between the playwrights, whose productions begin with a director and follow a well-worn hierarchy to the stage, and devised-theater artists, who build shows collaboratively, often with multiple texts, often with movement and music, and always through means of experimentation. But there are some playwrights—like Erin Courtney, Mac Wellman, Anne Washburn and Mr. Grote—who travel between the camps, borrowing from the tools and fruits of experimentation to reinvent the well-made play.

This is what brought Mr. Grote to Queens to see “Catch 50,” a curated smorgasbord featuring some of the city’s finest choreographers, performance artists, and devised-theater makers.

On view were mostly excerpts and works-in-progress. “This would be the equivalent of playwrights having staged readings,” he said. “It’s not text-based, so you need something like this.”

“Catch 50″ was actually the 50th iteration of a performance series that began in 2003. On Saturday night there were five lineups—one for every hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with each act finishing in under 10 minutes.

It was not a ritzy environment: The performance space was small, narrow, with no wings and no proper dressing rooms; beer was offered from a keg on a pay-what-you-wish basis in a basement lit by a handful of exposed light bulbs.

But the performances were rich. Among the acts in the 9 p.m. show that Mr. Grote attended was Andrew Schneider’s unnerving physical and technical tour de force exploring the maplessness of life.

“Obviously this person is a skilled actor and mover,” Mr. Grote said. The evening continued with separate works by Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson, co-artistic directors of the venerated downtown company Big Dance Theater.

Ms. Valk choreographed a dance for Mr. Lazar set to Bach, in which he moved around like the most casual of clowns—gesturing, hitting a pretend bat, laying on the floor enjoying a pretend cigarette.

“I can watch Paul Lazar forever,” said Mr. Grote. “I think he’s so appealing.”

Is he making fun of contemporary dance? “He is, in a gentle way. He’s making fun of himself first and foremost.”

It called to mind for Mr. Grote a certain movement vocabulary that has become a hallmark in New York-based devised work, a kind of dancing performed by nondancers that repurposes ordinary, everyday movement.

“It’s actually extraordinarily difficult,” he said. He had written some of it into “Civilization,” and seen it performed masterfully by the company Clubbed Thumb in New York, though less so in other parts of the country, where getting it right was “the biggest headache in the world.” Done badly, he said, looking like there was a stink in the room, it’s like “some variation of jazz dance.”

Ms. Parson choreographed a new solo for Tymberly Canale. Set in a mythical Austria, the piece was equal parts whimsical and ferocious, and Ms. Canale brought the show to an intensity it hadn’t to that point reached.

“There’s this way that actual, genuine, true beauty surprises you,” said Mr. Grote.

Across the evening, one could hear a tone of envy in Mr. Grote’s affection for devised theater. “One thing I love,” he said, “is that it isn’t conceived in a vacuum and shoehorned in. It was intended for the performer who performed it and in the space it was in.”

He admitted he feels more generosity for the work than he does for straight playwriting. “I tend to be extremely critical, like, how did they get this big production with this s— script? I can get lost in devised work more. There’s not that narcissism of small difference.”

But if he was being completely honest, he’d been a bit distracted during “Catch 50.”

“I spent half the time thinking: What can I write for Kate Valk now?” he said. “I was thinking about letting her do anything she wanted to any of my plays.”

AVAN LAVA video for It’s Never Over

I’ve been playing percussion and singing backup vox with the new super-funky AVAN LAVA for the past year.  Here is our new music video for the addictively dancy track It’s Never Over off the new EP release, FLEX FANTASY.

Download It’s Never Over for FREE!

Official Music Video of “It’s Never Over” by AVAN LAVA
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Directed by Spencer Dennis
Written by AVAN LAVA & Vanessa Walters

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