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January 15, 2007

EFA Gallery


EFA Live!

EFA Live! A new performance program at EFA Gallery: EFA Gallery launches our performance program, EFA Live! with On Site, Moving Theater’s residency during the month of January, and the presentation of Kurt Hoffman and Michael Ballou’s The Honorable Discharge in February.

ON SITE: Moving Theater's residency and events at the EFA Gallery :: In January 2007, the experimental performance group, Moving Theater, transforms the EFA gallery into a performative construction site. On Site, a series of events open to the public, exhibits the “blueprints” for the company’s 2007 season. Photographs, scenic and costume designs, sculptures, found objects, video footage, interactive games and live performance interact to create "total environments" in every corner of the gallery, capturing the spirit of Moving Theater projects under construction. These projects range from a large-scale, site-specific performance at one of the city’s landmark Armories to a radical dance/theater interpretation of Antigone.

Public Events on Friday, January 19, Thursday, January 25, and Friday, January 26, 2007, 6:30pm. The gallery opens to the public at 6 pm each evening. Check http://www.movingtheater.org for event details.

Each On Site event at the EFA gallery is one-hour long. On Site: Moving Theater's Residency at the EFA Gallery :: Fri, Jan 19, Thurs, Jan 25, & Fri, Jan 26, 6:30 pm. Gallery opens at 6 pm. :: Space is limited, reservations required. :: gallery[at]efa1.org or 212 563-5855 x119

Moving Theater works at the frontier of dance and theater. Under the direction of Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, Moving Theater is an international ensemble of artists who collaborate on the creation and production of experimental performance projects. Since its inception in 2002, Moving Theater has performed original works on stages in New York City (Henry Street Settlement/Harry DeJur Playhouse, Dance New Amsterdam, Works & Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum, Joyce SoHo, Mazer Theater), Paris, Montreal, Boston, East Hampton, and at Jacob’s Pillow, as well as in non-traditional spaces ranging from an abandoned glue factory in Hudson, NY, to a coffee emporium in SoHo. The company has completed residencies at the Watermill Center, the Old American Can Factory and the Morriss Center Dance Institute.

THE HONORABLE DISCHARGE :: a performance by Kurt Hoffman and Michael Ballou for mature audiences only.

I will read you a story. You will be in bed and I will be sitting by your side, tucking the stiff white, chlorine-scented sheets in under your little mattress, tight until your eyes widen and I'm ready to bring out the bears, the wolves, the little girls in the forest, the golden illuminated casket, the plunge to the bottom of the ocean, the heavens opening up, full to bursting with half-dead saints and angels.

It feels safe, doesn't it? Yes, it is, and what better way to consider the transformation of the body, the passage into realms beyond life as we know it.

Look, Mr. Bear is crossing the room to wind up the Victrola. The music conjures the ghost of Franz Schubert, pants down, looking at his reflection in a sea of honey, wishing there weren't so many flies. He dives in.

"The Honorable Discharge" brings together visual artist Michael Ballou and writer/composer Kurt Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman will read some of his short short stories, augmented at intervals by a musical interludes he has composed for baritone voice accompanied by plectrum banjo, accordion, violin and tuba. Mr. Ballou, the fine artist, will reprise his famous role as Mr. Bear and, thusly disguised, will reveal to the public a mysterious set of folding painted panels.

The Honorable Discharge: a performance by Kurt Hoffman and Michael Ballou
Fri & Sat, Feb 2 & 3, 2007, 8 pm :: Tickets: http://www.smarttix.com or 212 868 444

Make no mistake, this performance is completely unsuitable for children. Adults only, please. Seating is limited reservations are strongly encouraged.

Kurt Hoffman's short fiction has appeared in Columbia (the literary journal), Pierogi Press, and in the erotica anthologies, "Tough Guys" and "Hot Off the Net," published by Black Books. As a musician, he currently arranges and sings French songs from the jazz era with Les Chauds Lapins.

Michael Ballou is a visual artist who works in diverse media, including film, installation, performance and sculpture, and has a history of organizing events that foster interaction between artists, such as the Four Walls events in Williamsburg, and his ongoing Film Club evenings. In recent years, he has exhibited at the David Zwirner Gallery, Pierogi 2000 Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, the Kunsthalle (Vienna), among others.

These performances and exhibitions are presented by the EFA Gallery, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. With additional support from The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, The Helen Keeler Burke Charitable Foundation, Peter C. Gould, Materials for the Arts, and Carnegie Corporation Inc.

The EFA Gallery is a curatorial project space. Through the gallery, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts supports the creative work of independent curators. Curators build the framework in which we understand artists and the art they make. At their best, they redefine how we look at culture. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts believes in the essential importance of art in a civil society. The value of the artist's creative spirit is not limited by age, race, nationality or acceptance by others.

EFA Gallery
EFA Studio Center
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
between 8th and 9th Avenues
Gallery Hours: open 6pm on performance nights

For further information:
Elaine Tin Nyo, Director
T. 212-563-5855 x203, F. 212-563-1875

Posted by jo at January 15, 2007 09:43 AM