And You Were Wonderful, On Stage

Cally Spooner

Friday, February 13, 2015
February 13, 2015

On the final evening of Cally Spooner’s EMPAC production residency, in which she will be shooting her new film work And You Were Wonderful, On Stage in Studio 1, the artist invites you to be part of a live studio audience. A performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the production itself, the event will be live-streamed and take on the format of a TV variety show. Directed by the artist and technical team to provide laughter and applause, the audience will be integral to the film’s production as both audience and actor.

Using assemblages of theory, philosophy, pop music, current affairs and corporate rhetoric to write—and casts of arguing characters to help her perform—Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive scripts, looping monologues, and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behavior of speech. Appropriating different performance genres, such as the Broadway musical, the television commercial, and the radio play, Spooner considers how dematerialized, indeterminate, unmediated performance can sit within the extreme visibility of entertainment and today's attention economies.

This event is very limited capacity. Arrangements must be made in advance to attend.

Victoria Brooks

Cally Spooner is based in London. She has had recent solo presentations at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; Performa 13, New York and Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; with recent group exhibitions at KW Institute, Berlin; Serpentine Gallery, London; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover; Kunstverein Munchen, Munich; and Zero Gallery, Milan. Cally Spooner is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2013.

And You Were Wonderful, On Stage
Limited capacity, please plan accordingly
Studio 1—Goodman
February 13, 2015, 8PM
February 13, 2015, 8:45PM

Written and Directed by Cally Spooner
Original music composition and arrangement by Peter Joslyn
Devised, arranged and performed by Rhiannon Drake, Helen Hart, Jenny Minton, Piya Malik, Rebecca Thorn and Chloé Turpin
Choreography by Adam Weinert
Set Design by Giles Round
Costumes by Malene List Thomsen
Editing by Cally Spooner

Commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and made possible with support from the Arts Council England and a production residency at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center / EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

National Endowment for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA