The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents PS 122 Field Trips, Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. at the Cabell Theatre at Catlin Gabel School (8585 SW Barnes Rd.). Tickets are $14 general admission and can be purchased by calling PICA at 242-1419.
From the nearly infamous Performance Space 122 in New York, the Field Trips are an international touring vehicle for emerging and experimental artists to reach new audiences on a shared program bill. The various artists comprising each “field trip” are representative of an impressively wide range of current styles in an informal, vaudevillian format. PICA has selected a field trip which brings together several of today’s most exciting experimental performers, including Molissa Fenley, Danny Hoch, Reno and John Kelly.
Molissa Fenley is a startlingly original choreographer and performer whose works combine an eclectic background with astonishing energy and a uniquely personal dance style. For the past several years, she has concentrated on intimate and deeply-felt solo works which have been commissioned by numerous festivals and art centers, including the DIA Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Serious Fun! Festival at Lincoln Center and the Kitchen.
Danny Hoch was named among “Culture’s Best and Brightest” by the Village Voice, having launched his career by playing in some of the most reputable performance venues in the country. This 25 year old Brooklyn-based performer is a faculty member at New York University and continues to receive tremendous critical acclaim for his spoke word performance pieces, including a 1994 Obie Award.
Reno is a writer and performer currently living in New York. Her first show, Reno in Rage and Rehab, was originally developed at PS 122 and was later adapted into an hour-long HBO comedy special which garnered her an Emmy nomination. Her second show, Reno Once Removed, premiered at the Lincoln Center Serious Fun! Festival then continued at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre. Castlerock Films will include her in their soon to be released documentary on the history of political comedy.
John Kelly has been creating solo and ensemble works for over ten years, touring Europe, North and South America, and Asia. His work incorporates choreography, singing in the counter-tenor range, film projection and occasionally the use of text. He has received two “Bessies,” an Obie Award, an American Choreographers Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Under the directorship of Kristy Edmunds, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is dedicated to furthering the development of contemporary art and bringing the finest nationally and internationally known visual and performance artists to Portland.
For further information on PICA please call 503/242-1419.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 1996
CONTACT: Kathy Budas, 503/242-1419
1996 Field Trips Artists Bio
Born in Las Vegas in 1954, Molissa Fenley grew up in Nigeria, lived in Spain, and returned to the US where she received a degree in dance from Mills College in California in 1975. In 1977, she moved to New York City and formed Molissa Fenley and Dancers. Fenley’s choreographic works for her company include: Energizer (1980), commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop; Hemispheres (1983), commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival; Cenotaph (1985), commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; and Esperanto (1985), which premiered at The Joyce Theater.
Since 1988 Ms. Fenley has concentrated on choreographing and performing solo works, including State of Darkness (1988), commissioned by the American Dance Festival; Provenance Unknown (1989), a co-commission by The Kitchen and Dance Chance; The Floor Dances (1989), commissioned by Dia Center or the Arts; Bardo (1990), commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Place (1992), commissioned by The Joyce Theater; and Witches’ Float (1993) commissioned by the University of Illinois. Recent works include Channel, Sightings Nullarbor and Tilliboyo (1993) and Sita (1995), all of which premiered at The Joyce Theater.
Ms. Fenley has also choreographed works for the Ohio Ballet (Feral, 1986), the Australian Dance Theater (Descent Into The Maelstrom, 1986) and for the Deutsche Opera Ballet of Berlin (Bridge of Dreams, 1994). Her work has been performed by Bill T. Jones/Arnie ZaneCompany, Elisa Monte & David Brown, Dance Alloy (Philadelphia) and Peggy Baker. Ms. Fenley’s work has presented throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Indonesia and Asia. Television credits include a commissioned collaborative work with John Sanborn and Mary Perillo for PBS’ “Alive from Off Center,” “Molissa Fenley at the Blackie” for Granada TV’s “Celebration,” and a music video for VH-1 of “Metamorphosis” by Philip Glass, directed by Scott B.
Molissa Fenley awards include eight NEA Choreographer Fellowships, a Beard’s Fund Fellowship, a CAPS grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has also been supported by the Asian Cultural Council, The Jerome Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Program. She was an artist-in-residence at the Harkness Ballet Foundation from 1984-86, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Dia Center for the Arts since 1986.
Danny Hoch is a proud native of New York City and has spent the last four years as a faculty member at New York University’s Creative Arts Team, bringing conflict-resolution through drama to adolescents in New York City’s jails and alternative high schools. Mr. Hoch won a 1994 Obie award for his performance in his solo show Some People at Performance Space 122. Some People also enjoyed an extended run at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in the fall of 1994, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Some People has toured the U.S., Austria, Cuba and Scotland, where Mr. Hoch won a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh International Fringe Theater Festival.
Mr. Hoch’s solo show Pot Melting was presented in New York at The Next Stage Company, The Gas Station, NADA and One Dream Theater to rave reviews. Mr. Hoch is a graduate ofthe High School of Performing Arts in NYC. He has also trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the British American Drama Academy in London. The television version of Some People was seen on HBO last fall. He is currently working on a play based on his travels last summer to Cambodia, India and Croatia with Children of War, and a new solo show about Hip-Hop, 1983, Daddy Rice, and bell hooks.
Reno is a stream of consciousness style solo comedic performer living in New York City. Her evening length shows have had several runs Off-Broadway, both commercially and at the Public Theater and tour regularly on what might be called the “museum circuit.” She adapted her show Reno In Rage and Rehab into an ACE Award-nominated HBO comedy hour (for “best writing for an entertainment special”). She has also made other short form tragi-comic “essays” for various outlets such as Comedy Central, VH-1, and PBS.
Reno has done some non-solo acting as well, most notably in Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day at The Public Theatre; as Dr. Lopex, Edith Ann’s shrink in Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s series of animated specials, Edith Ann on ABC; and for CBS as Shapiro in last year’s Witt/Thomas unscheduled sitcom, Hollywood Precinct.
Recently, Reno has been consumed with initiating her first feature film project, Reno Finds Her Mom. The piece, a “near-real-docu-comedy” follows Reno as she actually tries to track down the mother who abandoned her at birth, and will use this verite footage in combination with fictional material she is writing as the search is unfolding. The film is being directed by Nancy Savoca, produced by Reno and Rich Savoca, with Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner and Paula Mazur as executive producers.
Understandably, Reno’s being called “…Rush Limbaugh’s vision of the Anti Christ” and many versions thereof in the press tweaks terribly the curse on her soul that will only dissolve when she finds the way into the Television Set and can nightly deconstruct Rush and that unsavory element that is Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, 1995. Do you know how to accomplish this? “Just think lovely thoughts” has not yet done the trick.
John Kelly creates both solo and ensemble multi-media Dance Theatre works which include choreography, visual designs, film sections, and both solo and ensemble vocal work and song. As a choreographer and director he has received two Bessie (New York Dance andPerformance) Awards, two Obie Awards, an American Choreographer Award, a GuggenheimFellowship, the first Oscar Rubenhausen Fellowship (through the Greenwall Foundation), fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and five consecutive Choreographer Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
As a singer Mr. Kelly has studied at the Academia Musicale Ottorino Respighi in Assisi, Italy; he has performed three consecutive solo vocal recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, including Her Tender Moment (1991), Arias I Love (1992), and I Want Your Myth (1993), as well as Far Cry From Bliss (1994) at St. Marks Church. As a Director of Opera, he directed a critically acclaimed production of Matthew Locke’s Baroque Masque Cupid and Death, at Opera at the Academy in 1993. He recently recorded two songs written especially for him, with music by Roy Nathanson and lyrics by David Cale, for the Jazz Passengers: In Love CD on the Wyndham Hill/High Street label. He has also appeared with the Jazz Passengers in concerts at Merkin Hall and the Knitting Factory. In May of 1996 he will make his official debut as a contemporary singer in a solo concert called 20th Century Vox: John Kelly in Concert as part of the spring concert series at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights.
As a dancer and performer he has worked with the companies of Charles Weidman, JanWodynski, Paul Wilson, John Jesurun, Martha Clarke, and Ishmael Houston-Jones. He played leading roles in the European feature films Roberts Movie (Turkey) and Sublet (Spain), as well as in films by Simon Grome (Fake Fur Is Growing On Me), Barry Shields (Wigstock) and Anthony Chase (Revenge Of The Dearest and The Mona Lisa) He recently played a leading role along with Robert LaFosse of New York City Ballet in the film Central Park by director Ethan Silverman.
Mr. Kelly has recently revived his career as a visual artist (after a hiatus of 10 years), receiving residency fellowships from the Yaddo and the MacDowell Colonies, where he has embarked ona series of self-portraits based on the gallery of characters he has portrayed on stage. Inspired by a series of essays that he had written for Movement Research Journal, he is involved inanother long term project, a book containing photographs, drawings and essays which trace the development of John Kelly & Company and its myriad works.
During April and May of 1997 he will reside in Ljubjlana, Slovania, where he will direct an original chamber opera for the Glej Thatre. During the 1996/97 season 1996 John Kelly & Company will produce and present a re-working of Find My Way Home, a re-telling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, which is set in the Great Depression and the Roaring 20′s. This work, which includes sections from Gluck’s Baroque opera Orfeo Ed Eurydice, received a series of critically acclaimed workshop performances in 1988.
Janet Clancy (Field Trips Technical Director)
Janet D. Clancy is a hopeless romantic who never quite got over the whole punk thing. She currently tours as Tech. Director for P.S. 122′s Field Trips, David Dorfman Dance, and Theaterf or the Birds. Past gigs have included Streb/Ringside, Karole Armitage/ Maggiodanza, and Burned Beyond Recognition Productions. In her spare time, she works out, does yoga, and composes music for the guitar power duo Unitard.
Trevor Carlson (Field Trips Company Manager)
This is Trevor Carlson’s first venture with the Field Trips. He has, for the last two years, served as Managing Director of the Stephen Petronio Company. He is co-founder and ExecutiveDirector of the Stanley Love Performance Group. Mr. Carlson received his BFA from The Juilliard School in New York City. Trevor is the most fashion aware of the Field Trips crew and is a damn good dancer in his own right.
Mark Russell and Dominick Balletta (Field Trips Producers)
Russell and Balletta, the Artistic Director and Managing Director of Performance Space 122 respectively, have been working together since 1992. They are proud to bring the Field Trips to America.
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The P.S. 122 Field Trips
The P.S. 122 Field Trips have been touring nationally and internationally since 1986. The Field Trips take new artists and new work on the road to new audiences. A Field Trip evening features 3-4 artists on one bill as a sampler of contemporary American performance, dance, music and more. The 1995-96 P.S. 122 Field Trips will reach almost every corner of the USA, playing in some of the most respected venues of the country.
Performance Space 122, the producer of the Field Trips, is an arts organization located in an abandoned school (the former P.S. 122) in Manhattan. It is an active hub of the experimental theatre, dance and performance scene that has thrived in the East Village since the days of the Beats and Hippies. Over 300 artists pass through our presenting programs each year. Artists such as Blue Man Group, Eric Bogosian, David Rousseve, Meredith Monk and Doug Varone have all developed work at the space and taken it on to wider audiences.
The artists you will see tonight are ambassadors for the wealth of fresh work that is happening in communities across this country. That work receives little support in these days of cutbacks and downsizing, and fewer opportunities to tour. P.S. 122 and the Field Trip artists hope you enjoy our show and continue to support the contemporary artists that will be this nation’s cultural future.
P.S. 122 Field Trips
Sponsored by Philip Morris Companies Inc.
Selected songs and arias by Kurt Weill, Richard Peaslee and Joni Mitchell.
Excerpts from Evolution of a Home Boy (work in progress)
- INTERMISSION -
Choreographed and Performed by Molissa Fenley
Music by Maggi Payne
Lighting by David Moodey
Costume by Angela Wendt
Excerpts from Citizen Reno
Program subject to radical change.