A festival of adventurous new works produced by Ben Pryor
American Realness, the “stronghold of forward-thinking, category-defying performance” (The New York Times), returns to the Abrons Arts Center, January 9-19, 2014. Curated by AR Curator and Producer Ben Pryor the 2014 program will celebrate five years of presenting adventurous new works, instigating cross-cultural exchange, connecting experimental artists with the culture hungry audiences of New York City, and changing the landscape of the performing arts marketplace known as APAP.
For 2014 tbspMGMT once again utilizes all theater and gallery spaces at the Abrons Arts Center for an immersive program featuring fifty-two performances of fourteen productions in eleven days. In addition, American Realness includes two off site engagements presented by Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. For the first time since its inception, American Realness includes a selection of works authored solely by international artists, highlighting the global resonance of “realness” as a contemporary performative practice throughout the program.
American Realness will also present four exhibitions in the Abrons galleries and Playhouse lobby: Sarah Maxfield, Nonlinear Lineage: Over/Heard; Ian Douglas, Instant Realness; Neal Medlyn & Fawn Krieger, The POP-MEDLYN Hall of Fame; Ann Liv Young, Sherry Art Fair.
Additional events include Show & Tell, presenting works-in-progress from choreographers RoseAnne Spradlin and Melinda Ring; and classes with choreographer/performers Michelle Boulé and Eleanor Bauer.
It looks like the most bad-ass Realness to date.