Over the weekend: Avant-garde Halloween happening Recuperatio | 12: Step Two
© John Cutaia, www.lowlightclearshots.com
On Saturday night, a horde of dancers, musicians and performance artists took over the spaces of Prism Glass Works, an entrepreneurial hatching ground associated with the atelier-for-hire Club Workshop. Part of a "12-step program" leading up to next year's Biennial of the Americas, it was intended as an opportunity for audiences to move in and out of performance boundaries, possibly learning along the way that pure art isn't necessarily the big, bad wolf. Performing groups included included Control Group Productions, Fissure, 52 Commercial Road and others.
Photographer John Cutaia of Low Light Clear Shots, who documented the goings-on, shared some thoughts and shots about the event with us. This is how Cutaia describes it:
Recuperatio | 12 is about actors and performers working toward economic viability in a new world order not always friendly to artists. Recuperatio | 12 is also about the audience interacting with the performance. The show on Saturday began with an actor reading a book in the middle of the theater's open area where patrons and other actors alike could interact.
Fissure, featuring Chelsea Papciak, Alyzabeth Rhiannon Anath, Halas Regan and Eric Miller, then took its performance to an installation in a box. The audience dutifully took its seat in chairs a respectful ten feet away, but the only way to see all of the action was to get up and peer through the window, to open the door and peek in. The performers drove this point home by emerging from the box and interacting with the audience. Hala Regan danced on her back on the floor at the foot of some audience members to make eye contact, to draw them in. It worked. The audience was spellbound.
Later in the night the music and performance art of Belgian band 52 Commercial Road captivated the audience. While a huge video screen played movies on a wall, performers swept the floor or rode a unicycle or typed, the band played live music and a film crew circled the performers, capturing the action for a movie in the works. The best part? The music was at a perfect volume. Not too loud. Imagine Pink Floyd playing Live at Pompeii and you right up there with them onstage to get a first-hand experience of the performance -- imagine that and you get a feel for the ambience of the evening.
Continue reading for Cutaia's photos of Recuperatio | 12's walk on the wild side.
All photos © John Cutaia, www.lowlightclearshots.com.
Patrick Mueller and Kristine Whittle, Control Group Productions.
Patrick Mueller performs outside atop a large shipping container.
Halas Regan of Fissure performs inside an installation. Back corner Eric Miller.
Eric Miller performs inside an installation.
A double-exposure image of the performance.
Fissure performs inside an installation. Featured in foreground: Alzabeth Rhiannan Anath.
Alzabeth Rhiannan Anath on back. Chelsea Papciak with rock.
Hala Regan engages audience during Recuperatio | 12.
Photo through a window of an installation. To all the joy and mischief, audience members had to approach the actors.
52 Commercial Road Performing at Recuperatio | 12.
52 Commercial Road performs at Recuperatio | 12. Alexis Funkenstein, a performer with the group, cleans up a bit while riding his unicycle.
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