Michael Dudeck Witch Doctor
|The Watermill Center is pleased to announce two events as part of The Watermill Center / CPR – Center Performance Research Partnership . Both artists were part of the Fall 2010 / Spring 2011 Residency Program at The Watermill Center. These events are continuations of the work they did at Watermill allowing them to present in New York City.
On Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Michael Dudeck Witch Doctor (Watermill Resident Artist October 2010) will present WOMBTOMB, the third performance / installation of his Religion Project at CPR – Center for Performance Research.
WOMBTOMB is the third performance/installation in Michael Dudeck Witch Doctor’s Religion Project, which involves the invention of a queer religion and prehistory which radically re-imagines the nature of human origins. This performance is a meditation upon the death and sex rituals of one of the factions of Dudeck’s mythology, which involves the invention of a multiplicity of genitalia and hybrid genders (and invented sexual acts to accommodate modified genders) as well as elaborate ritual sacrifice and mummification procedures. Separated into three movements, the work features a cast of five performers, including Dudeck, as well as live sound by composer/sound artist Andy Rudolph. The work is roughly 60 minutes long and contains nudity.
Michael Dudeck Witch Doctor is a performance artist and cultural engineer whose work spans multiple media. He has performed and exhibited internationally at venues including the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Platform Center for Photographic and Digital Art and aceartinc (Winnipeg), Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto), John Connelly Presents (New York), and the Watermill Center (New York).
Andy Rudolph is a Winnipeg-based sound artist and composer who works in multiple media, including musical composition for voice and instruments, digital composition, and spatial sound-works and installations. He has worked with the artists Rebecca Belmore and Noam Gonick, as well as having produced his own sound/music project The Calculus Affair and performing with the band Mahogany Frog.
Ashley Kelly Tata writing to invite you to the next theatrical extravaganza brought to you by Columbia University with the energy and collaboration of Enthuse Theater.
We are very excited (and a little bit nervous) to share with you the work we have been doing on Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, written by “The Mother of us All,” Gertrude Stein. We have been hard at work detangling the knotty words of Stein in a valiant attempt to bring to you this take on a story we all know: Faustus has sold his soul to Mephisto for eternal life and knowledge—and light. But what if there is no proof of purchase? What if a woman entered this world and seems to possess that knowledge without having sold her soul? Who has the right to knowledge? What is the responsibility of power? What does a guy (or girl) have to do to get to hell?
We hope you will join us for 90 minutes of a theatrical exploratory event created by an incredible group of artists. Please come for the show, stay for the conversation, the environment, and the company.
Until then, with awe, enthusiasm and great anticipation,
Ashley Kelly Tata
MFA Directing Candidate 2012
Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
By Gertrude Stein
Directed by Ashley Kelly Tata
Dramaturgy by David Carter
Music by Brian McCorkle
Choreography by Leeanne M. G-Bowley
Lighting Designed by Amith Chandrashaker
Costumes Designed by Kristen Kopp
Performed by: Andrew Belcher, Chelsea D’Aprile, Cherish Duke, Kevin Mannering, Sunrise Marks, Lea McKenna-Garcia and Ryan R. Rinkel
Image by Chip Rodgers
The Schapiro Theatre
605 West 115th St (in the basement)
Friday, April 22nd at 8PM
Saturday, April 23rd at 3PM and at 8PM
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org