All for One Theater will present two performances of Diana Oh's The Gift Project at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater April 9 at 8 PM and April 10 at 3 PM. The work is co-directed by Oh and All for One Founder and Artistic Director Nicholas A. Cotz.
Oh's project centers on filmed interviews and conversations that the multi-hyphenate artist had with older people (born before 1956) from marginalized experience or identity. Following the initial conversation, Oh would return to the Elder to present a song Oh had written as a gift, which was filmed. The result is a documentary film series created in collaboration with Oh’s documentarian and long-time collaborator jb chronicling the conversations and performances.
The Gift Project presentation at Symphony Space will combine clips from the documentary with live performances of the songs by Oh and their band honoring the Elders June Oh, Salomon Rettig, Ph.D, Xuyen Hinh, Gordon Rogoff, Shigeko Sara Suga, Kazi Khatoon, and Dr. MaryLouise Patterson.
The live band includes Oh on synth, looper, and vocals; Jack Fuller on keyboards; Matt Park on electric guitar; Viva Deconcini on electric guitar; Michael Maloney on electric/acoustic guitar and bass; Serena Ebony Miller on bass, glockenspiel, and cello; and Timothy Angulo on drums; with musical guests Sarah Shin and Tim Hall.
The creative team includes video production by ZANNI Productions, director of photography jb, associate producer Josh Adam Ramos, associate director Shin, concerturg Rama Orleans-Lindsay, lighting designer Sarah Johnston, sound design by Hao Bai, and music direction by Fuller.
The Gift Project was originally commissioned by The Public Theater, and was developed with support from The Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program.