Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Announces 2012/13 Performance and Film

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The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Announces 2012/13 Performance and Film

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(BOSTON-August 16, 2012) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents ambitious performing arts programming for the 2012/2013 season, including groundbreaking dance, theater, music and multimedia performances, as well as an eclectic and provocative film and video schedule. All programs take place in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater unless otherwise noted. Tickets for these programs go on sale to ICA Associate Members on Aug. 17 and to the general public on Aug. 30, and can be purchased at or by calling (617) 478-3103.


Adapted and Directed by Jay Scheib
Produced by Tanya Selvaratnam
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m.

Jay Scheib returns to the ICA with the latest version of his ongoing exploration of science fiction,
Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems. Based on the 1973 film, Welt am Draht by Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, World of Wires is a high energy, anarchic thrill-ride theater/multimedia
performance that is as smart as it is sexy. Winner of the 2012 Village Voice Obie Award for
Directing, the show premiered at The Kitchen in New York, and enjoyed a sold-out three week
run. It’s an all-bets-are-off homage to the startling possibility that anyone of us could be a byte
in someone else's immaculately programmed world.

Inspired by the works of Professor Nick Bostrom, Fassbinder, science-fiction writer Daniel F.
Galouye, and Scheib’s personal experience with an armed robbery at a Duane Reade drugstore,
this brilliant performance utilizes a video component in real-time—Jay Scheib is onstage as the
cameraman and projects the action on various screens. The projection combined with an
inventive set creates a multilayered and somewhat disorienting experience. Live action and
tightly choreographed movements create a cautionary tale about the challenges of defining
identity when all the world is a stage—or a computer program.

A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Jay Scheib is an acclaimed writer, director and designer of plays,
operas, and installations. Along with World of Wires, Scheib’s recent work includes, a
multimedia staging of Evan Ziporyn's new opera A House in Bali as part of BAM's 2010 Next
Wave Festival, Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at Maison des Arts (Creteil), Bertolt Brecht's Puntila
und Sein Knecht Matti at Theater Augsburg, and Fidelio at Saarlandisches Staatstheater. An
associate professor at MIT, Scheib is among the foremost innovators working in theater today,
forecasting the future of the medium in a unique and ingenious form.

Contains strong language and nudity; recommended for audience members 18 years and older.

TICKETS: $13 members and students / $25 nonmembers
Includes museum admission on day of performance


Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.

In this evening-length duet, dancer and choreographer Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me considers how
our identity is not only made up and undone by those around us, but also portrays the
impossible struggle to unhinge our identity from one another. How do our fantasies about
ourselves create new possibilities of being? How do our fantasies about each other give birth to
friction and loss? Who do we want to be? Are we getting it right?

Driscoll and fellow performer Jesse Zaritt launch a sweaty, evocative, disturbing, and deeply
funny battle about the nature of relationships. Designed by artist Emily Roysdon, the myriad
props used by Driscoll and Zaritt during the performance include paint, clothing, wigs, costumejewelry,
baby powder, among other surprises. Don’t miss this 90-minute, all-out exuberant

Bessie award-winning choreographer Faye Driscoll was hailed as "1 of 25 to watch out for in
2008" by Dance Magazine. She is a choreographer who strives to investigate new forms of
theatrical experience aimed to provoke feeling, stimulate the senses and activate the mind.

TICKETS: $10 members and students / $20 nonmembersIncludes museum admission on day of performance

With Cecelia Bengolea, Francois Chaignaud,
Marlene Monteiro Feritas and Trajal Harrell
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.

(M)imosa is the third installment of Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church, a
series by choreographer Trajal Harrell. Each work responds to the question "What would have
happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to
perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?" (M)imosa
is a choreographic
collaboration among four remarkable performers: Cecilia Bengolea, Francois Chaignaud,
Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Trajal Harrell, and is inspired by Paris Is Burning, Jennie
Livingston’s seminal documentary film about Voguing as well as the artist’s personal histories,
and collective experiences.

New York-based Trajal Harrell’s choreographic works have been seen at The New Museum,
Danspace Project, Crossing the Line Festival 2009, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, and
PS122 in NYC as well as The Lotus House Heart Happening/Margulies Art Warehouse in Miami
and Art Basel-Miami Beach. Internationally, his work has been seen in the Netherlands, France,
Germany, Croatia and Mexico.

TICKETS: $10 members and students / $20 nonmembersIncludes museum admission on day of performance

Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m.

Born in Zimbabwe, choreographer, director and dancer Nora Chipaumire infuses her
choreography with both her heritage and personal iconography. Inspired by the cultural and
political milieu of her youth in Zimbabwe, her self-exile to the US, and her self-discovery as an
artist, Miriam is a layered performance that interweaves text and movement, imbued with such
literary and legendary influences as the writings of Joseph Conrad and Chenjerai Hove, the life of
South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, and the Christian iconography of the Virgin
Mary. Through her work, she constructs deeply felt theatrical worlds that closely examine the
tensions between public expectations of women and their private desires; between selflessness
and ambition; and between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal.
A 2012 recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2011 US Artist Ford Fellowship, and two New
York Dance and Performance awards (BESSIE’s), Chipaumire is joined onstage by an
otherworldly character, played by Okwui Okpokwasili, who appears as both angel and devil.
MIRIAM is directed by Long Wharf Theater associate artistic director Eric Ting, with a score by
acclaimed composer and pianist Omar Sosa.

TICKETS: $10 members and students / $20 nonmembers
Includes museum admission on day of performance

Featuring a world premiere by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain
Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 7:30 p.m

Since its inception in 2003, the Boston Children’s Chorus has fulfilled the vision of founder Hubie
Jones and become an integral part of Boston’s cultural and social fabric. Having expanded from
its original group of 20 singers, it now includes more than 450 singers representing more than
80 of Boston's urban and suburban neighborhoods. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the BCC
has partnered with the ICA to present an evening of contemporary choral music, including a new
work by Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), specially commissioned for
this performance. Combined with a dance performance featuring choreography by Amy Seiwert,
this special presentation promises to be an evening to remember.

TICKETS: $27 members and students / $30 nonmembers
Includes museum admission on day of performance

New Music Now Double Bill


Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Over the past 25 years, guitarist and composer Marc Ribot has released 19 albums, drawing
influence from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban compositions of Arsenio
Rodríguez. Rolling Stone notes, “Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana
on 1985’s Rain Dogs, and since then he’s become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots music
adventurers.” He has written songs for such talents as Elton John and Leon Russell, Medeski
Martin & Wood, Marianne Faithful, Madeline Peyroux, Norah Jones, Jolie Holland, and The Black
Keys, among others, and works regularly with Grammy award–winning producer T Bone Burnett
and composer John Zorn. He’ll perform solo at the ICA.

Formed in 2003, the New York City–based jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing
features highly acclaimed musicians Peter Evans on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on saxophone,
Moppa Elliott on bass, and Kevin Shea on drums. Performing a feverish set, the music morphs
from free improvisation to deconstructed standards to original compositions, paying homage to
such jazz legends as Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, while offering a highly persuasive
account of their vision of a revolutionary jazz future.

New Music Now is a series of creative music concerts at the ICA/Boston presenting some of the
world's most adventurous musicians and composers. Organized with renowned composer and
saxophonist Ned Rothenberg, New Music Now showcases artists who challenge musical
convention and genres.

TICKETS: $10 members and students / $20 nonmembers
Includes museum admission on day of performance


Created by Andrea Geyer and Josiah McElheny

Saturday, Oct. 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m. In the gallery

Blurring the lines between visual art and performance, The Infinite Repetition of Revolt
incorporates works on view in the exhibition Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite with
a bold oration of texts by 19th-century radical socialist Louis Auguste Blanqui and 20th--century
Marxist Rosa Luxemburg. In this collaboration between co-creators Andrea Geyer and Josiah
McElheny, audiences are presented with an opportunity to reflect on an era much like our own:
a time when revolution seemed imminent, rather than optional.

FREE with museum admission


Thursday, Dec. 13, 5-9 p.m.

Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson creates durational performances—often deadpan and
frequently hilarious—blending music, repetition, and reflections of Iceland’s oral traditions. Like
his theatrical family, of course, he also wants to put on a show! Join the artist as he presents a
performance in the ICA’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Presented in conjunction with
the exhibition Ragnar Kjartansson: Song.



Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

In a tour-de-force solo performance, artist Andrea Fraser impersonates a group of four men
discussing their sympathies for the burgeoning feminist movement. Transcribed and edited from
a live radio broadcast from 1972, the conversation explores how the feminist movement
reshaped men’s perceptions of gender identity, social anxiety, and outsider struggle. Infused
with loaded dialogue, this performance highlights monumental concerns of equality, identity,
and class, still very prevalent today. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition This Will Have
Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s
, Fraser’s performance provides historical context to
America’s continued struggle to evaluate and implement the tenets of the feminist movement.
Preceding the performance, Barbara Lee Chief Curator Helen Molesworth leads a free tour of
the exhibition, This Will Have Been, beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $5 for members and nonmembers



by Natalia Almada
Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 and 5 p.m.

The newest work by young Mexican filmmaker Natalia Almada, El Velador (Mexico, 2011, 72
min.) follows Martin, a guardian angel who watches over the extravagant mausoleums of
Mexico's notorious drug lords. Staged within the labyrinth of a cemetery, this film highlights the
tumult and violence of an era while reminding us that ordinary life persists and quietly defies
the dead—all within the turmoil of Mexico's bloodiest conflict since the Revolution.

TICKETS: $5 members and students / $10 nonmembers



Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

Spanning a 30-year career, Stephen and Timothy Quay are two of the most distinctive voices in
animated film. The ICA presents two of their newest works in an evening of astounding

Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos and Afterbreezes
in the Mütter Museum
(2010, 42 min.) Following a visit to Philadelphia’s renowned Mütter
Museum and the College of Physician’s Historical Medical Library, the Quays examine the
anomalies, curiosities, and oddities of this historic medical collection to create Through the
Weeping Glass, their first film made in the United States.

Mask (Maska, 2010, 23 min.) Based on Stanislaw Lem's novel, Maska is set in a technologically
developed, but feudal world. Beautiful robot Duenna was created by a cruel, but powerful figure
to carry out a mysterious mission. Now, she will be forced to choose between the ruthless deed
and pursuing the love of a stranger. Haunting and beautiful, the film includes the dream-like
music of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

TICKETS: $5 members and students / $10 nonmembers

A film by Sam Green
With live musical performance by YO LA TENGO
Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 and 9 p.m.

The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green returns to the ICA with the Boston
premiere of his new “live documentary,” The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (2012, 60 min.)
featuring the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. Green cues images and narrates in person while Yo
La Tengo performs the soundtrack.

Buckminster Fuller, 20th-century futurist, architect, engineer, and inventor experimented
tirelessly for 50 years to find out what one single person could achieve on behalf of
humanity. The film explores Fuller’s utopian vision of radical social change through a design
revolution. Yo La Tengo provides the soundtrack for Green’s images and narration. Drawing
equal inspiration from old travelogues, the Japanese Benshi tradition of silent film narration,
and TEDTalks, the life of Buckminster Fuller has never looked and sounded so beautiful.

TICKETS: $20 members and students / $25 nonmembers


Short films by Sam Green
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 and 4 p.m.

This full-length program of short films (video, 80 min.) by Academy Award–nominated director
Sam Green includes his latest documentary video, The Universal Language, which traces the
history of Esperanto, a new language created in the late 1800s by a Polish doctor who believed
that if everyone in the world spoke a common tongue, humanity could overcome racism and
war. During the early 20th century, hundreds of thousands of people around the world
embraced the dialect and believed in its ideals. Today, surprisingly, a vibrant Esperanto
movement still exists. In this first-ever documentary about Esperanto, Green creates a portrait
that is at once humorous, poignant, stirring, and ultimately hopeful. Other films in this program
include The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie (1999), lot 63, grave c (2006), Clear Glasses
(2008), and more.

TICKETS: $5 members and students / $10 nonmembers



Introduction by Matt Miller, President and CEO, Association of Independent Commercial
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

Presenting the best American commercials of 2011 (Digibeta, 65 min.)—as chosen by industry
professionals—this presentation proves what Americans already know: commercials are
considered miniature films, which inform and advertise, but at their best, can be moving,
unpredictable, and a whole lot of fun to watch.
TICKETS: $6 members and students / $12 nonmembers


Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 20 and 27, 7 p.m.
Now in its 33rd year, this selection of British Commercials presents the best television, cinema,
and online commercials selected by British advertising professionals. The ICA is the only place on
the East Coast screening this exhilarating program of British hilarity at its finest.

TICKETS: $5 members and students / $10 nonmembers

About ICA Film/Video
ICA Film and Video presents an adventurous selection of the best of regional, national and
international cinema, experimental and independent film, video, and digital media. In addition
to programming works inspired by the museum's acclaimed exhibitions, the ICA collaborates
and co-presents with several major film festivals, and presents retrospectives by important
contemporary artists. The ICA has presented world, U.S. and regional premieres, including sneak
previews of highly anticipated films, and conversations with filmmakers, film scholars and critics.

About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at
the leading edge of art in Boston for 75 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the
ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide
access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and
backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100
Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10
a.m. —9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors
and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for
Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5—
9 p.m. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults and children 12 and under) on the
last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at

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