It's been said that theater emanating from repressed societies is the most pungent. You certainly believe it's the god's honest truth at Trash Cuisine, which the Belarus Free Theatre -- free only by some definitions -- is presenting at La MaMa.
Most visual artists prefer that viewers do not touch their completed works on display at a museum, gallery or studio. Thomas "Detour" Evans is not of that mindset. The emerging artist has created interactive paintings meant to be tapped at designated touch points to emit music.
Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.
This weekend is the perfect time to take a break, grab a friend, and get relaxed, inspired, and refreshed by some good art. Here are three ideas pared with off-the-beaten-path opportunities to see something new.
"At times, the people telling the stories do so at great personal risk. The stories they share are powerful but, as any filmmaker will tell you, often the best material ends up on the cutting room floor."
You heard it here first: death is in. That's right. With recent shows such as Young Jean Lee's We're Gonna Die last year and Chris Tanner's The Etiquette of Death, we are still working through this topic.
Playwrights like these, clearly passionate people who are willing to risk, willing to do things the hard way -- they have the important and difficult task of sharing what they've seen. How do they begin to speak the unspeakable?
What's the deal with the puppets? Puppets, like cartoons, used to be for kids. But these days, they're more often conduits for high-brow visual lyricism. Clearly, we in New York are having a puppet moment.