Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$10 general / $5 members and students
The Theater at MAD
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Good Day God Damn is a forty-minute performance and multimedia installation by At Play performing artist-in-residence Stephanie Acosta, featuring live performers Leslie Cuyjet and Angie Pittman and video created in collaboration with artists Mimi Gabriel and Jessie Young.
Developed through discursive research and rigorous ensemble work, Good Day God Damn employs video projection, sound, and live performance to consider the fractured American landscape, transforming MAD’s Theater in the process. Acosta and her community-turned-cabal of performers flow through domestic borders, mingle with the extraterrestrial, and unpack the limitations of land, drawing on cinematic thriller conventions in an exploration of terror, tectonic shifts, psychedelic self-harm, and toxic monuments.
This work-in-progress showing marks the culmination of Acosta’s At Play residency. It is the first in a multi-installment series the artist is developing that engages movement research and experimental film structures to tear through the personal in the terrain.
Stephanie Acosta is a multidisciplinary artist who places the materiality of the ephemeral at the center of her practice, questioning meaning-making and manufactured limitations. Acosta blends performance with practice-based research, making work in response to, while also creating, site and space. Engaging ensembles in facilitated processes, she creates fleeting performance works that challenge site, space, and perception to bring about shared experiences. Acosta has produced and presented works with and for Knockdown Center, the Current Sessions, Miami Performance International Festival, Anatomy Collective, IN>Time Symposium, the Chicago Park District, the Performance Philosophy conference, High Concept Labs, Read/Write Library, No Media, and Radius.
ENSEMBLE - LIVE
Leslie Cuyjet has been performing and dancing in New York since 2004, working with a range of artists from David Gordon and Meredith Monk, to Niall Jones and Kim Brandt, to Anohni and Solange, while holding a long-standing performing and touring history with Jane Comfort and Company and Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre. Her choreographic work has been presented in New York by La MaMa (La MaMa Moves! Festival), Gibney Dance (DoublePlus), CPR (Fall Movement), Movement Research (Fall Festival, Judson Church), AUNTS (Realness, Populous), and Danspace Draftworks. Leslie was a Cycle 4/2016 Chez Bushwick Artist-in-Residence and is a 2017 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.
Angie Pittman is a dance artist, dance maker, and dance educator. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in work by Ralph Lemon, Kemal Nance, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, Johanna S. Meyer, Kyli Kleven, Anna Sperber, Tess Dworman, and others. Angie has performed her dances at BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center, The Invisible Dog, and Danspace Project. She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a graduate minor in African American Studies and a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University. She was a 2015 DanceWEB scholar for Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria and is a 2016 Artist-in-Residence with Movement Research.
ENSEMBLE - DEVELOPMENT + VIDEO
Jessie Young - I am a choreographer, teacher and dancer. My work has been presented by Dancespace Project (NYC), FringeArts (Philadelphia), The Current Sessions (NYC), Festival International de Teatro Susana Alexander (Mexico), Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Cape Cod), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (IL), The Domestic Performance Agency (NYC) and extensively in Chicago with institutions such as Links Hall, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago Dance Crash, and The Inconvenience. I have performed nationally and internationally with artists including Abby Z and the New Utility, The Seldoms, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Khecari Dance Theater, The Moving Architects, The Space/Movement Project, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta and Sara Gurevich. Currently, I am rehearsing my own with with an ensemble of dancers and collaborators Emma Lutz-Higgins, Justin Faircloth, Lea Fulton and Raha Benham. I received my BFA from University of Utah and MFA from the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Miriam Gabriel loves life and chips. She co-creates dance work with Carlo Antonio Villanueva and video work with Zora Schiltz-Rouse. She works as a support specialist to self-directed individuals with disabilities. She is currently dancing with Kyle Marshall, Maya Lee-Parritz, Stephen Petronio, and Stephanie Acosta.