Inspired by the relationship between quantum physics and mythology, this theatrical exploration uses as it’s title and jumping off point a Carl Sagan quote. The vastness of the universe is expostulated in an effort to correct the illusion that there is illusion. The Gods of “The Odyssey” and their acolytes make small steps toward the evolution of ideas into a self-sustaining transformation from romance to reason and the super-nuclear force that transformation releases into the universe, joined by later re-examinations of those characters; this piece will invade the archetypes of human ancestry in order to re-align it with the impetus for human imagination.
Featuring music by Gerald Busby as well as Inbred Hybrid Collective
Special Guest Stars: Penny Arcade and Judith Malina
About Inbred Hybrid Collective:
Canadian-born inter-disciplinary/ multi-media artist was born on January 22nd, 1980, Grande Prairie, Alberta. Since 2005 Inbred Hybrid Collective has been living and working in New York, developing diverse events and exhibitions of increasingly significant scale.
Inbred Hybrid Collective presents a fractured vision of popular culture through a lens of utopian idealism, in painting, installation, music, writing, and performance. Inbred Hybrid Collective’s unflinching view of mundane human existence provides a stark contrast with an exaggerated ornamental approach to materiality. Inbred Hybrid Collective’s paintings suggest a wildly diverse universe of references, incorporating aspects of narrative structures of Renaissance paintings and the decadent decorative styleof the Vienna Secession, among others. In addition Inbred Hybrid Collective creates often invasive and occasionally unsanctioned installations for display in public spheres. These sculptures use mundane objects such as wire hangers and tape to transform spaces and materials into organic, inclusive works of art.
Inbred Hybrid Collective’s work has been shown at venues as diverse as New York’s Lincoln Center, Metro Pictures, the Ontario Crafts Council, The Queens Museum of Art, The Staten Island Museum, the Liverpool Independents Biennale, and The LGBT Centers of both New York and San Francisco. In 2009, Inbred Hybrid Collective made history as the first performance artist at the famous “Armory Show,” in New York. Book Club Burlesque, a series of multi-media extravaganzas inspired by specific books, has been regularly produced by Inbred Hybrid Collective since 2005, and has garnered the attention of The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and New York Press, among others.
Inbred Hybrid Collective made a highly regarded debut as a curator during the 2010 London Biennale.
Inbred Hybrid Collective’s mandate is to stimulate a consciousness of the external factors affecting our human existence, through the creation of provocative, experientially immersive work. inbredhybridcollective.tumblr. com
About Penny Arcade:
A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the legendary Play-House of the Ridiculous at eighteen, and an Andy Warhol Factory Superstar at 19, Penny Arcade emerged as a primal force on the New York art scene in the 1990’s . An originator of performance art, Arcade’s brand of merging high content, street-smart, punk-rock showmanship and visionary theatre has won over audiences internationally and has few equals.
The author of ten evening length performance plays including the international mainstream hit Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! her work centers on the outsider and other in society. A political humanist and cultural critic, her work has tackled class, racism, homophobia,and mysogony. She is a writer of poetry, spoken word and essays. She is an interviewer par excellence in her long running video series with collaborator Steve Zehentner The LES Biography Project “Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia.” Wednesdays 11pm ch 34 Time/Warner www.pennyarcade.tv
Bad Reputation , a hard cover book on Arcade’s work was published in 2011 by Semiotexte/MIT Press
About Gerald Busby:
Gerald Busby, a native of Texas, graduate of Yale, and protégé of Virgil Thomson, is best known for his film score for Robert Altman’s 3 WOMEN, which became an international cult classic and is now in the Criterion Collection of Classic Films. His dance score for Paul Taylor’s RUNES has had more than a thousand performances around the world since its premier in Paris and was featured on the PBS Great Performances television series, Dance in America. With Craig Lucas, Gerald wrote the opera ORPHEUS IN LOVE, which premiered in New York at the Circle Repertory Company.
Gerald has written more than 300 concert works, and his music has been performed and recorded on the EMI, Nonesuch, Eroica Classical Recordings, and Innova labels by such distinguished artists as Akira Eguchi, Thomas Hampson, Craig Rutenberg, Michael Parloff, Kenneth Cooper, Jerry Grossman, William Purvis, Donald Palma, Stephen Michael Smith, Scott Slapin, and Tanya Solomon. Busby has received awards, commissions, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The DeKay Foundation, The Virgil Thomson Foundation, The Aaron Copland Foundation, Bellagio (Italy), Yaddo, The Ossabaw Island Project, and The MacDowell Colony. The summer of 2008, Busby was a composer in residence at the Dartington International Summer School in the U.K. where five concerts of his music were presented with six world premieres.
Other recent premieres include STRING QUARTET NO. 3 by the Stanford Quartet, and music for Kyle Kupres’ theatrical chamber opera THE OLD QUEEN AND THE SEA, which premiered July 21, 2011 at Splatterpool Artspace. Gerald has just completed and recorded MOTHS AT MY WINDOW, 15 haiku by Ellen Peckham, with mezzo-soprano Rose Sullivan, vibraphonist Andrew Bowman, and marimbist Diana Herold; and six other songs for mezzo-soprano and piano, Martin Hennessy, pianist. A CD of these songs will be included in Ellen Peckham’s book CONTINUUM, a collection of her poetry and etchings published by Atelier Æ, NY March 2012.
Gerald appeared as the Reverend David Ruteledge in Robert Altman’s film, A WEDDING, and as himself in Abel Ferrara’s documentary about the Chelsea Hotel, CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS. A documentary film of Gerald’s life is in production.
About Judith Malina:
Judith Malina is the co-founder and artistic director of The Living Theatre, the longest producing ensemble theatre company in New York and the United States.
As one of the original students of Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop at the New School in the 1940’s she was the first woman to earn a degree in directing there and studied alongside such fellow notables as Marlon Brando, George Bartennief, Shelley Winters, Bea Arthur, Harry Belafonte, Elaine Stritch, Jack Garfein, and Tennessee Williams. Her book on Piscator will be published this May by Routledge.
Judith has been the recipient of myriad international awards as both actress and director including being inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame; Lifetime Achievement Obie Award, (and numerous others for her acting and directing); Premio Ubu as best actress (Italy1996); Creative Arts Citation, Brandeis University (1961); recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1985); Ordem do Merito Cultural do Ministerio da Cultura (presented to her by the President of Brazil in 2008); The Edwin Booth Award; The Sustained Achievement award from ATHE, Outstanding Theatre Award from the National Theatre Conference (2009), Players Club Hall of Fame (2011).
New York Times review of Judith’s most recent work