To celebrate the conjunction of its 10th anniversary and the "end" of the Mayan calendar, Immediate Medium is creating an immersive, interdisciplinary group performance called The Future at the End of the World. Working with guest curator Andrew Horwitz, Immediate Medium has selected nine makers of dance, theater, performance, music and media to join them in the largely abandoned offices of the James A. Farley Post Office in Midtown Manhattan.
The Post Office, which stands at its own moment of transformation as it becomes a new transportation hub, will serve as the site and inspiration for ten simultaneous, site-specific micro- performances around the themes of time, space, fortunetelling, futurology, reincarnation, the last week of the world as we know it and the beginnings of new worlds to come. A countdown clock counts down an hour, and performances begin simultaneously in ten rooms. The audience explores the rooms freely, and as the clock counts down to the zero, the artists unite in final gesture to this world's end, and the future that follows.
The Future at the End of the World will take place over four consecutive nights at the James Farley Post Office, future home of Moynihan Station, located at 421 8th Avenue, New York, NY. Performances tonight, December 10 through Wednesday, December 12 will begin at 8:00pm, and the performance on Thursday, December 13 will begin at 8:30pm and will be followed by a post-show party in the post office building. Running time is approximately ninety minutes, including security check and accessing the site. Tickets are $15 for the 10-12th, $40 for the 13th, and can be purchased online at immediatemedium.org or by phone at (866) 811-4111.
Curated artists represent exciting emerging voices in dance, theater, media and performance.
- Vanessa Anspaugh
- The Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow + Sean McElroy)
- The Bureau for the Future of Choreography
- Blake Carrington
- David Commander
- David Conison + Co.
- Immediate Medium Ouroboros (Lisa Clair + Sergei Tcherepnin)
- Rob Ramirez
- Jillian Sweeney + Jeffrey Cranor
The Future at the End of the World inaugurates Immediate Medium's tenth anniversary season, which will conclude in November 2013 with the premiere of The Electric Indian, the first work in its ambitious WINNETOU (vin-e-too) I.T. trilogy.
Immediate Medium, Inc. (IM) is a non-profit performance collective dedicated to the creation of original works of hybrid live performance. Formed in 2002, IM was created to challenge formal distinctions between theater, dance, film, sculpture and architecture. Our community seeks to create new experiential art that engages, provokes and moves creators and audiences alike. Reviewers called Immediate Medium's work "relentless" and "thrilling" (The Village Voice), "sublime," "riveting and powerful," "a rich fusion of live and recorded sounds and images" (Backstage), "a poetry of performance" (theateronline.com) and "unlike anything you've ever seen...get excited! A company worth keeping your eye on." (Show Business Weekly). Immediate Medium is Max Dana, JJ Lind, Michelle Preston, Maki Takenouchi and Siobhan Towey.
ABOUT THE CURATOR: Andrew Horwitz is a curator, producer and writer currently working at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as the curator of The River To River Festival. From 2002 – 2007 he worked at Performance Space 122, where in 2003 he launched Culturebot.org, a website devoted to contemporary performing arts, culture and ideas. From 2007-2009 he curated the PRELUDE Festival of contemporary theater and performance at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Andrew has served as a panelist for numerous arts organizations and funders and continues to work independently with artists on strategic planning and project development.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Vanessa Anspaugh is a choreographer, director, and performer. Her own work has been presented by a Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, AUNTS, Movement Research, The Kitchen, Highways, and Studio 303, among other venues. After being a Fresh Tracks artist at DTW in 2010 she has since received a BAX Space Grant, a STUDIO SERIES residency at DTW and a Hunter College Artist Residency. This January she is looking forward to her first residency at the MacDowell Colony. As a performer, Anspaugh has enjoyed working with, learning from, and performing for, Aretha Aoki, Juliette Mapp, Jillian Pena, Faye Driscoll, Jen Rosenblit, Taylor Mac, Katy Pyle, among others. Currently, she is performing with Robbinschilds at Art in General November 30 - December 15, 2012 and is also loving being a guest teaching artist at Bard College. vanessaanspaugh.com
Blake Carrington operates within the spheres of the visual, sound, and performing arts. His work in all of these forms displays a minimal aesthetic and finds resonance with the graphic sign systems of architectural plans and other minimal spatial representations. This year he completed a commission for Radio del Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, performed in the River to River Festival in New York, and has recently been artist-in-residence at LMCC's Swing Space on Governors Island and at Haeinsa Temple in South Korea. Blake was born in Indiana and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
The Bureau for the Future of Choreography is an apparatus-striving for collective authorship-that produces choreographies and documents. The Bureau's activities include: Desire Dances (2011), which occurred in public spaces and explored contexts that regulate bodies; aiding in the publication of Spangbergianism (2011); a call to map the past fifty years in contemporary dance/choreography through The Flowchart Project (2012) in order to re-sort hierarchies of knowledge through cooperative engagement, enthusiastic attention, and paperwork.
For the last 13 years, David Commander has been a member of Big Art Group, a NYC theater company dedicated to building culturally transgressive and challenging new works through using the language of media and blended states of performance. In his time with the company, he has worked in various capacities: performer, assistant director, videographer and miniature set/prop builder. In addition to his work with Big Art Group, he has written, directed and performed in his own works: PIGGY 1.5 (2006 NYC International Fringe Festival) and Machine World Gospel (2007 Philadelphia Fringe Festival). Since 2011, David has performed short modern toy theater work in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and most recently the TBA festival in Portland, Oregon.