La MaMa, in association with Collapsable Giraffe, will present the world premiere of Object Collection’s Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3, a multidisciplinary performance inspired by Éric Rohmer’s 1980 film cycle Comedies and Proverbs, for two weeks in June . The show will take place June 17-20 (Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m.; and Monday at 8:30 p.m.) and June 23-26 (Thursday-Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 4 p.m.) at La MaMa’s Downstairs Theatre, 66 East 4th Street, Manhattan.
Brooklyn-based ensemble Object Collection returns to La MaMa with its latest work, Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3, based on legendary French director Éric Rohmer’s 1980s film cycle Comédies et Proverbes about love and desire. Directed by Kara Feely, with text and music composed by Travis Just, Look Out Sh! ^head Episode 3 revives the Object Collection’s signature maximalist aesthetic in a kaleidoscopic wave of disembodied 21st century romance.
After two filmed episodes broadcast last year as part of the exponential festival, episode 3 features a cast of live actors maneuvering among hallucinatory projected bodies. Its dizzying text derives from the application of musical composition techniques to the film’s original scripts, creating a dialogue of bizarre innuendo and mysterious word formulas that are as hilarious as they are absurd and resonant. A piano score with improvised effects and woodwinds accompanies it, performed live on stage by a group of musicians.
Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3 stars Elena Russo Arman, Francesco Gagliardi, Alenka KraigherCatrin Lloyd Bollard, Alessandro MaganiaDaniel Allen Nelson, Nicolás Noreña, Alessandra Novaga, James Oldham, Fulya Peker and Timothy Scott. The musicians John Hastings (processed piano) and Travis Just (woodwind and computer). With the scenic design of Peiyi Wonglighting by Kate McGee, and film and video by David Pym. Episode 3 was partially filmed by the cast in their homes in Istanbul, Ljubljana, London, Milan, Toronto, Pittsburgh and New York.
Tickets for Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3 are $25 (general), $20 (students/seniors) in advance; and $30 (general), $25 (students/seniors) the day of the show, and are available at www.lamama.org.
About Collecting Items
Object Collection was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. The Brooklyn-based group operates in the cross-practices of performance, music and theatre. They are concerned with simultaneity, complexity and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects and process. They work to provide audiences with unconventional viewing experiences through a fusion of theatricality and pedestrian activity. The company’s works challenge the usual notions of time, rhythm, progression and virtuosity, and the accumulation of value above cohesion.
Object collection performances can take the form of large-scale performance projects, experimental operas and duo performances. Object Collection has created six original operas. Their work has toured Norway, Denmark, the UK, Japan, Canada, Italy and the USA. Object Collection plays have appeared in New York at La MaMa, Performance Space 122, Ontological Theater at St. Mark’s Church, National Sawdust, Chocolate Factory Theatre, Abrons Arts Center, Invisible Dog Art Center, Roulette and Issue Project Room, among others. Albums have been released on Slip Imprint, Infrequent Seams and khalija. Object Collection has received extensive profiles in Frieze magazine, Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Wire, BOMB and on BBC Radio.
Kara Feely is a screenwriter, director, designer and performer for experimental theater and interdisciplinary performance. His work is inspired by experimental strategies of writing and musical composition, and combines a variety of materials, found materials from text fragments and object landscapes to recorded interviews and radio broadcasts. feely has been a visiting artist at Aarhus University in Denmark, Ca Foscari University in Venice, Wesleyan University and Kenyon College. Additionally, his texts have been published in Antennae, an experimental writing and performance journal, PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS, MusikTexte, and the Japanese imprint futow. She has a BA from Barnard College (1999) and MA from Columbia University (2010). She is co-director of Object Collection.
Travis Just is a composer. His music often uses text, objects and gestures in addition to instruments, voice and electronics. He has composed six operas: Problem Radical(s) (2009), Innova (2011), NO HOTEL (2013), cheap&easy OCTOBER (2015), It’s All True (2016) and You Are Under Our Space Control (2019). His writings on music and art have appeared in John Zornfrom the Arcana series, MusikTexte, Tempo magazine (Cambridge, UK) and the Yearbook of Experimental Music. Just received a BFA (Composition/Performance) in 1999 from Mannes College of Music/New School University while studying with Andrew Cyrille. In 2002, he obtained an MFA (composition/performance) from the California Institute of the Arts and studied with James Tenney, Wadada Leo Smith and Michael Pisaro. Just received a DAAD scholarship in 2003 at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and studied composition there with Johannes Fritsch. He is co-director of Object Collection.
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