On May 10 at the Clocktower Gallery in New York City, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Marcia Moraes will present a site-specific variation of their May 6 performance at the Watermill Center. The work will include material created for their new pop opera being developed as part of their residency at the Watermill Center. Lisa Lie, theater director, actor, and writer from Norway, together with the Berlin-based American composer Jeremy Woodruff, were invited to participate in this phase of development. During the residency, the group will concentrate on adapting the material for the environment and interacting with the spaces and collection of the Watermill Center. Moraes & Sæbjörnsson will create a live recording for ARTonAIR.org of additional selections from their visual pop opera music developed during their Watermill residency. Joining them will be Jenny Schlenzka,Assistant Curator for Performance, Department of Media and Performance Art at MOMA, to discuss their practice and this project.
Moraes & Sæbjörnsson have collaborated on several projects such as The Mind, which toured institutions including the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark, and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Their last production, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, was a commissioned work by Freunde Guter Musik for their series Musicworks by Visual Artists and was presented at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin.
This work is supported by the Icelandic Arts Center.
The Watermill Center wishes to thank the Clocktower Gallery and ARTonAIR.org for their partnership.
Creation / Direction: Egill Sæbjörnsson and Marcia Moraes
Dramaturgy / Text: Egill Sæbjörnsson, Marcia Moraes, and Lisa Lie
Music composition: Egill Sæbjörnsson and Jeremy Woodruff
Performers: Egill Sæbjörnsson, Marcia Moraes and Lisa Lie
Production: Manuela Altmann
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