On February 12th and 13th, 2009 curator Rashida Bumbray of NYC’s, The Kitchen, and artists Rashaad Newsome and Kalup Linzy, will be premiering new work that continues to explore the possibilities and intersection between video, performance and music. Newsome’s latest work, Shade Compositions, is a live performance featuring a chorus of more than twenty black women. Influenced by improvisatory orchestral music and live video-mixing, Newsome divides his performers into groups akin to instrumental sections as they enact his choreographed sound score made up of repeated sequences of culturally specific or stereotypical gestures, movements, and vocalizations. Newsome simultaneously records, loops, edits, and remixes in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controller. The resulting layers of real and projected imagery investigate assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.
(Images: Kalup Linzy, courtesy of the artist. Shade Compositions, courtesy of Rashaad Newsome.)
Kalup Linzy is known for his absurdly humorous drag-performance-based videos in which he repurposes the narrative style of daytime television soaps in order to explore complicated relationships between race, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. For these evenings he will debut, Comedy, Tragedy, Sketches of Me, a new solo theatrical work exploring related themes, in which he plays piano, sings, and is accompanied by video projections that feature his ever-expanding cast of riotous characters.
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