Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Triple Canopy, the New York-based magazine, debuts an issue devoted to standards and standardization with performances by artists Lucy Raven, Jen Liu, and David Horvitz.
Raven narrates episodes from the history of the standardization of filmic images. She connects forms of production initiated half a century ago by the American military and today’s efforts to regulate the appearance of movies cobbled together by technicians around the world.
Liu debuts a performance that mines the standardized movements of women’s bodies in Chinese propaganda ballets of the Cultural Revolution and of workers in contemporary meatpacking plants. Through choreography and animation, Liu asks if the gestures performed by factory workers and butchers might be understood as meaningless repetition or as a passage to social harmony.
Horvitz presents a musical instrument made from hourglasses, antique containers for minutes and hours. Percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra uses this instrument to make time resonate, bend, decay, and recur, prompted by Horvitz’s evocation of moments that can more easily be sounded than measured or calendarized.
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