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Dinner + Theater = $40

We’re pairing up with our friends at Taylor’s Fine Dining to offer you a very attractively price dinner & theater package. On October 9, You can enjoy great food at Taylor’s (including a glass of wine!) and a great show at MASS MoCA (Cynthia Hopkins’ The Truth: A Tragedy)¬† for just $40!

Here are the details.¬† Prix fixe dinner at Taylor’s includes: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 30, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Disfarmer on Film

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After seeing some footage of Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer we can’t to see it performed in the Hunter Center this week. The show looks profound, humorous, and stunningly beautiful so it’s no surprise to us that Hurlin’s work with Disfarmer was captured for not one but two documentary films.

Puppet (Watch a Trailer), directed by David Soll and featuring Dan Hurlin and the puppets of Disfarmer, asks the question how can a block of wood be so moving?¬†¬†After a century as children’s entertainment, American puppetry has exploded as serious art. But puppeteers still face uninformed critics, lack of funding and marginalization as they struggle to create relevant theater in this ancient form.

Disfarmer: A Portrait of America (Watch a Trailer), directed by Martin Lavut and produced by Dennis Mohr,¬†discovers an American master in the enigmatic story of Mike Disfarmer. With in-depth interviews with local residents of his home town of Heber Springs, Arkansas; gallery owners and photography experts who introduced his work to the art world; and Dan Hurlin, a contemporary artist making work inspired by Disfarmer’s legacy, the film explores the disparate worlds brought together by their shared interest in this misanthropic portrait photographer.

Before you see Hurlin on the big screen in these two films, catch him at the FREE artist talk on Thursday, May 6 and see him in action during the full production of Disfarmer this Saturday, May 8 at 8 PM or Sunday, May 9 at 3 PM in the Hunter Center.

Cheers,

Brittany

Posted May 6, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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The art of The Escape Artist

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I’m a bit of a theater nerd, so needless to say I was thrilled when I found out we would be presenting a staged reading of John Kelly’s newest work The Escape Artist as part of the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab on Saturday, April 3. I’m mostly familiar with Kelly through his brilliant character work, and specifically as¬†one of his most beloved characters Dagmar Onassis, the fictional love child of Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas.

Kelly is a two time Bessie and Obie award winning performance and visual artist whose work began in New York’s East Village clubs in the early 1980’s; since that time he has created over 30 performance works which have been performed at venues across the country. Originally trained as a dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, he embraces all forms of art from theater, dance, visual art, drag, film, and music in his work.

Kelly has been on campus over the last week working on The Escape Artist, which will eventually include a collision of music, video and story. The premise revolves around a singer hired to lay down the tracks for cinematic re-enactments of the paintings of Caravaggio. The singer channels the characters that populate the paintings, encounters unexpected technical difficulties, and reveals a turbulent personal history of his own. The Escape Artist considers the parallels between the unbridled creative spirit of the urban artist of the 17th and 21st centuries.

Before coming to MASS MoCA Kelly spent time in Rome recording video and shoot photographs of the characters he takes on in The Escape Artist.

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At MASS MoCA Kelly shot this video promo for The Escape Artist in the bridge leading up to the LeWitt Retrospective. (click on the image to view)

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True to Kelly’s style he is compiling all sorts of artistic creations to form a truly multi-media experience for the audiences of The Escape Artist. ¬†Although the showing at MASS MoCA is only a staged reading and will not include all of the final pieces of the show, from one theater nerd to another, this performance is going to be a night at the theater you don’t want to miss!

Cheers,

Brittany

Posted April 1, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Additional Shackleton show added — Yippee!

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We sold out the 8 PM 69 S: Shackleton Project showing but are delighted the Jessica and Eric figured out a way to offer an additional showing for you at 4 PM. There are still tickets available to that but don’t wait til the last minute to buy. They are going fast!

Photos give you a sneak peak at the marionettes (and their charming footwear).

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Posted March 11, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Waaaaaay below the Mason Dixon Line

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Check Phantom Limb’s website for some really cool pics of Jessica Grindstaff and Eric Sanko’s trip to Antarctica.

69¬į South: The Shackleton Project work-in-progress showing happens on Saturday, March 13. Tickets are going fast and the house is intimate in Club B-10 so don’t wait until the last minute to buy if you want to come.

Posted March 5, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Learn more about Phantom Limb and Shackleton

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Jessica Grindstaff and Eric Sanko were just fantastic on WAMC’s Roundtable this morning (listen to the interview here).¬† Jessica pointed us in the direction of¬† this collection of photos by Gina Moss from their last residency in Australia.¬† Look at the photos and listen to the interview at the same time for a complete multimedia presentation about¬† 69¬į South: The Shackleton Project.

Posted March 3, 2010 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Music, Theater, Work-in-progress
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