Face Opera ii

Calder Foundation, NYC
11 May 2013
Curated by Katherine Cohn and Gryphon Rue

Press Release:

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 my 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 Mader)
ACT II: I WANT TO TRUST YOU
ACT III: GRASS
ACT IV: SIDELONG GLIMPSES AND GLANCES
ACT V: SOUPOON
CLOSING: WATER RITUAL

Performers: Andrew Fisher, Darren Fudenske, Carmen King, Patricia Ordonez, Douglas Ridloff, Lauren Ridloff, Christopher Tester and Alexandria Wailes

Calder video by Chugg

Photos by Conrado Johns and Francisca Benitez
Footage by Andrew Chugg, Brad Jones and William Tucci