Face Opera ii
The High Line Hotel
180 Tenth Ave, NYC
May 11, 2013
Press Release and Program Book excerpts:
Calder Foundation presents They might well have been remnants of the boat, the third annual one-day exhibition and performance event aiming to create a platform for dialogue between contemporary and historical practices.
... In [Christine Sun Kim]'s opinion, roughly 30-40% of American Sign Language is manual production, while the rest is expressed on the face and through body movement, a highly spatial aspect. For the performance of “Face Opera,” a group of prelingually deaf people, including the artist, take turns in acting as a choir “singer” or conductor through the use of face markers or visual nuances (eyebrows, mouth, cheeks, eyes) to “sing” without actually using their hands.
OPENING - ARM TOUCH
ACT I - OPEN EIGHTS: Dedicated to Thomas Benno Mader
ACT II - I WANT TO TRUST YOU
ACT III - GRASS
ACT IV - SIDELONG GLIMPSES AND GLANCES
ACT V - SOUPOON
CLOSING - WATER RITUAL
Photos by Conrado Johns and Francisca Benitez.
Footage by Andrew Chugg, Brad Jones, and William Tucci.
Special thanks to William Tucci, Andrew Chugg, Brad Jones, Andrew Fisher, Darren Fudenske, Carmen King, Patricia Ordonez, Douglas Ridloff, Lauren Ridloff, Christopher Tester, Alexandria Wailes, Lisa Reynolds, Conrado Johns, Katherine Cohn, and Gryphon Rue!
Calder video by Chugg