Fluxus Fest - Year One
Fifth Wall Performing Arts presents simultaneous virtual performances of Fluxus and original Fluxus-inspired pieces across the country at complementary moments, embracing the locations we are all in and creating a hodgepodge of Fluxus that only the internet age can provide.
What is Fluxus?
Fluxus was an interdisciplinary, neo-avant-garde artist collective/movement in the 60s and 70s whose artists sought to infuse everyday life with heightened aesthetic awareness and appreciation. Fluxus artists looked for value in the commonplace, believing that art can be anywhere and belong to anyone. Fluxus artists variously included George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Nam June Paik, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams, Ben Patterson, Takako Saito, La Monte Young, Meiko Shiomi, Jackson Mac Low, George Brecht, Ken Friedman, and more. For a great introduction to the movement, read Natilee Harren's article for the LA Phil's Fluxus Festival: https://fluxuslaphil.tumblr.com/.../fluxus-historical...
Emily Allison Zhou, Clay Gonzalez, Grey Grant, Elliot Cole, Christopher Rountree, Kalun Leung
Peter Littlejohn, Karl Ronneburg,
Joey Chang, Katherine Lim, Justine Sedky, Luna Lenus-Bromley, PROMPTUS (Darian Thomas, Tyler Cunningham, and Liana Kleinman)
Thomas Kratofil, José María, slapslap (Cameron Wilson, Maddy Wildman, Tanner Tanyeri, Ezra Gans), Ben Murphy, Cassandra Venaglia, Karl Ronneburg
Hannah McLaughlin, Raquel Klein, Corey Smith, ensemble consensus, Danielle Mumpower, Luke Stewart, James Vitz-Wong, Karl Ronneburg, Grey Grant, Carlos Duran
Oct 31st: Every work performed during the month of October will be streamed in one mega event! A talk-back with some of the artists will follow the stream.
Dick Higgins' Fluxus-style Event Score for Danger Music #3: a vision of 1960s social distancing that resonates eerily today.
Black Hearts, Black Voices
Black Hearts, Black Voices is an audio show about love and blackness, directed by Maya Johnson. Every Valentine’s Day, artists share their stories about love and loneliness, parenthood and platonic relationships, sex, sacrifice, kink and consent. For the first show in February 2021, the theme is Distance. In March of 2020, the entire country was brought to a screeching halt that persisted through spring, summer, and now into autumn with no clear vision of the future. Some of us were forced to be away from loved ones, others were trapped in apartments with way too many people. Distance, or lack of it, for months on end, has changed us. Forever.
Stay tuned February 14th, 2021 for Black Hearts, Black Voices: Distance
Karl Ronneburg's The Precipice will begin workshops in spring 2021, with premieres in the 2021-22 season. Weaving together text from journal entries and poems by Karl Ronneburg and Grey Grant, The Precipice is an evening-length staged song-cycle that explores the human relationship with moments of transition. Scenes take place alternatively as conversations and parallel monologues between the two characters in a variety of meeting places: a coffee shop, a bus ride, a camping trip, a dinner party.
Ultimately, the titular Precipice represents a metaphor of irreversible change: taking a leap, making a big decision, jumping—and throughout, the costs of those decisions weigh heavily. Who or what do we leave behind when we move on from a relationship or place? What do we hold on to? How do we make those leaps without losing ourselves in the process, without letting go of what it is about those places and relationships that made us who we are?
Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
Grey Grant's Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region is a new folk opera for classical and folk vocalists, steeped in mythos and Michigan, all the while remaining relevant to the present experiences of trans* folks. In the opera we follow the journey of Orna, a trans-woman as she grapples with self-acceptance. She travels to the north of Michigan--guided by the Mother of Trees--to transform into a white-pine that will sit upon Chapel Rock, on the edge of Lake Superior, overlooking it all.
August 28 - 29, 2019 | Freighthouse, Ypsilanti, MI
October 12, 2019 | Dixon Place, New York, NY