is a coalition of women artists, diverse in age and experience, background
and lifestyle, spanning three generations and three continents who perform
together in various venues throughout the country. a.k.a seeks to
investigate the realities of their lives and to express the fruits of the
search visually through the medium of performance. Previous performances
include "Fan Club" presented at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival in
Ann Carlson (New
Ann Carlson is a performance artist whose work is a
blend of dance, voice, sound, and visual elements. From Lincoln Center to
the dairy farm, the opera house to a public school, from the museum to the
frozen pond, Ann Carlson's work defies description and category while
expanding the context of choreography and performance. Most recently she
was awarded a 1998-99 Foundation for Contemporary Performance Fellowship.
Patty Chang (New
Patty Chang uses her performances as vehicles for
disintegrated memory, intersecting physical challenges with disjunct
methods and objects to create new meanings. The performances focus on
anticipation as the embracing of anxiety, using exertion and restraint as
ways to deal with struggle, failure and the yielding to a physical
inevitability. In March 1999, she made her solo art show debut at the Jack
Tilton Gallery which included photography, video, and performance.
Susana Cook (Bronx,
Susana Cook -- writer, director, and performer -- has twelve
years of experience as a performance artist. Her work, both fiery and
funny deals head on with Latinas and lesbians. Cook presented We Are
Faking our National Orgasm at The Kitchen in May 1999.
Aleta Hayes (New
Aleta Hayes is on the Dance Faculty at Princeton
University and has extensive performance, choreography, and directorial
experience throughout the U.S. and the world. In 1998 she was commissioned
by Swarthmore College to choreograph, sing, and dance in "Somebody
Special" in the Soho Downtown Arts Festival and she performed at the
Verona International Jazz Festival in Italy the same year.
Project (New York, NY)
Peculiar Works Project, now in its sixth
season, generates original performance that is accessible and fun for a
diverse audience and challenges the conventions of medium, structure, and
process in an alternative theatre context by performing in non-traditional
spaces. The goal is to inspire collaboration, experimentation, and a rebel
spirit in emerging artists. Each year PWP produces an annual performance
event, "BIG ART in small places," which gives artists an opportunity to
develop new work.
Standard & Poor
Standard & Poor's projects focus on interaction
with the American Public on the street, outside of the context of Art.
These projects present challenging scenarios to the public as real--
combinations of symbolic and ironic action intended to prompt related
behavioral cues, innate to corporate/media driven consumer culture, in
order that the public may connect and assimilate it to themselves. This
year they opened a solo show entitled "Carpet Rollers" at the MWMWM
Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
(New York, NY)
Julie Tolentino is a performer, choreographer,
director, artist advocate, dancer, AIDS activist, and a prominent
supporter of lesbian visibility. She has worked with influential live
performance artists such as David Rousseve and Ron Athey. Her first
full-evening presentation, Mestiza-Que Bonitos Ojos Tienes, was
commissioned by queerupnorth and performed in Manchester, U.K. and in
Glasgow, Scotland in May 1998.
Phillip Warnell focuses on corporeal functionality
in performance/sound works utilizing the interior sounds produced by the
body. The works are generated through the imperatives faced by the body in
everyday life, subject to the basic necessities -- breath, warmth,
digestion. Recent works include Borborygmus and Deeper, Deeper, &
Mariano Weinstein studied music at the Tel-Aviv
Academy of Music, Israel and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The
Netherlands. Weinstein has composed and performed pieces for festivals,
television, dance, and theater in Israel and Europe; most recently
composing "Simi Yadech" for the Dat-Sheva Dance Company, Israel.