The Sun Seekers are looking for movement artists to collaborate with us on a performance June 18 at the Arts Center on Governors Island for LMCC's River to River festival. All styles and movement backgrounds are welcome.
The show is a sci-fi narrative about a group that advocates for getting off of technology (the "Wreck-tangle" world) and getting back into the body/nature through somatic practices. It's an initiation/ritual that will include theater, movement, and audience participation.
Rehearsals will begin the week of May 23. Each rehearsal will be about 2 hours and will be held at the Arts Center on Governors Island, and pay is $30/hr of rehearsal, $100 per performance. (The total will be about 15 hours.) Movement artists must be available the afternoon of June 18th for the performance.
Please reply with a resume and website link or relevant work samples.
We are also looking for two musicians -- percussionists, multi-instrumentalists, or vocalists who play an instrument -- to collaborate with us on the June 18 performance as well as a very short performance on May 28. Pay is $40/hr each for rehearsal, $100 per performance. (The total will be about 8 hours.)
We're very open to different styles and ideas for this -- the goal for the music is to create a sense of drama and ritual for the initiation into our imagined cult. We have a "sound chair" (described below) that can serve as an instrument, but ideally we're looking for someone who can sing and/or bring in additional instruments (hand drums, gongs, marimba, chimes, found objects, ambient-sounding wind instruments or vocals, just not a traditional drum kit) to create a sense of ceremony and invocation in the opening of the piece, and to accompany the dancers' movements. A portion of the piece will be performed outside, so if an instrument can travel, that would be great. We're looking for either two musicians who can work together, or a single musician who can create a significant presence. Due to the thematic content of the piece, we're avoiding really overt uses of technology (like electric instruments, looping, pedals, etc), but it should be okay if something needs to be mic'd to fill the space (it's very large!).
More information about the project:
The Sun Seekers
The Sun Seekers is a sci-fi narrative about a group that advocates for getting off of technology (the world of the Wreck-tangle) and getting back into nature and the body through alternate somatic practices. The gallery space will be transformed into the Sun Port, a meeting room for this collective, with their uniforms strung around the room, and their mythic, fictional history in the wall text. The Sun Port will be filled with interactive, sensory objects that help visitors get into their bodies -- a sound chair that chimes when it rocks, a bench that releases a calming scent when someone lies on it, a collection of weighted blanket capes -- all in orbit around an enormous sun you can step inside (and experience its womb-like interior). The spirit of the piece is weird, colorful, sequined, and funny, and we're hoping to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible.
For the June 18 performance, we will be staging an initiation ceremony for new recruits (aka visitors to the gallery), led by Amy Khoshbin and 3-6 fellow Sun Seekers in uniform. This ceremony will begin with a percussionist activating the sound chair -- a kind of rocking chair that chimes as it rocks, but will be played as a mallet instrument. As the music builds, Amy's character steps out of the sun to welcome the recruits and introduce the Sun Seekers' history/mission. Following this, Amy and a handful of fellow Sun Seekers will lead the recruits in a series of movements/gestures through which they will release the hold of the Wreck-tangle, become one with the natural world, and prepare to enter the sun. Then, the audience and performers will migrate to Governors Island's outdoor spaces for a performance in nature. We plan to develop the movement language of this piece, alongside the music and other performance elements, through a devising process at the Arts Center over the next 2 months. The piece will be staged again in the summer and fall.
May 23, 2022 -
Jun 18, 2022