The second weekend of one-of-a-kind disruptions, investigations, and interventions that make up Redcat’s NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL 2019 includes performances by Kate Watson-Wallace, Hprizm, Verónica Casado Hernández , Alexandro Segade, Amy Ruhl, and PaulOutlaw—who was recently seen stealing the show in Boston Court’s transgressive production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade —founding members of the performance collective MyBarbarian—”work at the intersection of theater, visual arts, critical practice, and performance to play with social difficulties, theatricalize historic problems, and imagine ways of being together. Realized as drawings, texts, masks, videos, music, installations, and audience interactions, their projects employ fantasy, humor, and clashing aesthetic sensibilities to cleverly critique artistic, political, and social situations.”*
Gaines and Segade present STAR CHOIR, a new work developed while serving as Park Avenue Armory artists-in-residence. The 45-minute musical performance “tracks a group of humans who attempt to colonize a hostile planet after the Earth’s decline. Following some wonder and violence, a hybrid species is formed.” STAR CHOIR is performed by six singers and six musicians—Hai-Ting Chinn, Tomas Cruz, Tomas Fujiwara, Ariadne Greif, La Toya Lewis, AnthonyMcGlaun, Ethan Philbrick, Riza Printup, RaShonda Reeves, Kyra Sims, Luke Stewart, and Jorell Williams.*
See “Questions of Representation: Malik Gaines in conversation with Barlo Perry,“PARIS LA 16 (2018), 178–181.
Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Star Choir in performance at the Levitt Pavilion on the opening night of Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, with video and sheet music from the exhibition. Images courtesy and the artists.
Join artists and performers Laura Owens, Ron Athey, My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade), Piero Golia, D’ette Nogle, Nora Berman, Sam Durant, Young Joon Kwak, Zackary Drucker, Kibum Kim, Eve Fowler, Mara McCarthy, Jackie Tarquinio, and many more at theHUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION this weekend at Ghebaly Gallery.
HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION, Sunday, November 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
GHEBALY GALLERY, 2245 East Washington Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles.
“Years ago, in an interview, my collaborator and longtime lover Alexandro Segade described the work of our performance group, My Barbarian—which is made up of us and Jade Gordon, our collaborator, whom we love—as that of ‘dedicated amateurs.’ But that was a slip, I think, or he was just trying something out. An amateur move? We’ve had some difficulty with a set of terms that developed around the time our work began to circulate, in the 2000s…
“There has always been a calculated provisional quality to our work, which has as much to do with strategies for dispelling the illusionist illusions of theater and critiquing the mythic masteries of visual art as it does with understanding our positions within these fields… Much of our work has pointed to class status and enacted class anxieties, and the position of the artist has sometimes appeared to us as an amateur elite class, given the provisional access one has to travel, to refined locations, to food, high-end discourse, and actual wealthy people. But as performers we find our publics to be rather broad, and these may include children, nurses, criminals, schoolteachers, assistant curators, and the homeless.
“Our intentional dismantling of hierarchical orders—even in the very act of collaboration, which diminishes genius status—may sometimes read as a kind of amateurism.” — Malik Gaines*
Queer cop One: “If I died, you’d just replace me with another me.”
Queer cop Two: “I value your memories of me too much for that.” – from Replicant vs. Separatist, by Alexandro Segade
In REPLICANT VS. SEPARATIST, the police enforce strict same-sex marriage codes among a rebellious populace. The stories of these dissidents—mutant queers joined by a feminist underground—are fleshed out in OTHER BOYS AND OTHER STORIES, (aka BOY BAND AUDITION). A third piece, HOLO LIBRARY, examines the surveillance state.
Alexandro Segade brings the three parts of his speculative saga together in FUTURE ST., a performance work that, in the words of its author, “resists the genre it uses in order to reflect my own ambivalence at having my imagination disfigured by the spectacles [e.g. Blade Runner] I saw as a kid….These commercial properties owned by corporations repeatedly imagine a straight white future, which is in itself an act of violence. I want to think about something else.”
This week, the Tip of Her Tongue series at The Broad presents two performances of ALEXANDRO SEGADE’S FUTURE ST., with its author directing a New York–based cast that includes C. Bain, Lisa Corinne Davis, Nicholas Gotham, Jamel Tyre Mack, and BrianMcQueen.
FUTURE ST. features a live DJ set by Alexandro’s brother Mateo Segade—with music composed by Mateo and Scott Martin—and videos by AmyRuhl, Daniel Leyva, and Robert Hickerson.
ALEXANDRO SEGADE’S FUTURE ST., Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, at 8:30 pm.
OCULUS HALL, THE BROAD, 221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles