October 15, 2016
Curated by Samuel Draxler
NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is pleased to present Spilling Over, an evening of curated performances at the Knockdown Center on October 15th, 2016. Organized around an expanded notion of theater, the program features works by Caitlin Baucom, Cammisa Buerhaus, and Isaac Pool that employ theatricality outside of its institutionalized boundaries.
Cammisa Buerhaus will premiere Private Lives, a hallucinatory filmic exploration into the hyper-real world of Bill and Hillary Clinton, their mythic proportions and amorphous, shape shifting tendencies in three parts. The film moves from the political legacy of William Jefferson Clinton into the private correspondences of Hillary Rodham Clinton, supported by an all star cast, including Monica Lewinsky, Jon Benet Ramsey, Debbie Harry, and Justin Trudeau. Presented through the refractory lens of popular entertainment television programs like E True Hollywood Story and Entertainment Tonight, PRIVATE LIVES gives us lives – not lived – but putrefied.
Isaac Pool's one-act object dramas, DSM-V and Untitled (Carry Out stage), place characters, processes, and objects in relationships that produce unsettling tension and humorous attachment. In Untitled (Carry Out stage) a group of strangers meet on a train platform in a choreography led by groceries, snack foods, and a Tupperware container full of soup, and in DSM-V one woman is caught in the wistful rapture of coupon clipping in a nice breeze.
Caitlin Baucom's Citizen I was originally commissioned by the Städtische Museen Zittau and performed within its dungeon basement. The opera addresses itself to the 18th century utopianist Christian Gottlieb Priber. With its manic choreography and ethereal vocals, it produces a shattered, compelling critique of what ideological aspirations might be feasible now.
All images: Laura June Kirsch.