New work is important not only because it gives artists a chance to develop their skills and gives audiences exposure to different things, but because new work — especially the inter-/cross-disciplinary new work found in 3PLAY — is by nature an immediate, concrete, and accessible model of thinking differently. And that is what it’s all about.
Curated by Skewed Visions founders, each 3PLAY features new work by three artists. Three times a year, three artists are given development time in the studio and asked to create short new work for this time and place. The evening is split into three 15-20 minute sections and followed by an open conversation between audiences and artists.
August 19, 2018 7:00pm
In the last six months I have been researching – little brown bats, moose and other species that aren’t doing so well in the State of Minnesota. This work has been thru the Bell Museum: Resident Artist Research Program. I have met with driven scientific researchers, seen slides of moose brains, learned about flesh eating beetles, learned about transmitters sending info to satellites to text folks on a DNR crew when a moose was down, and heard about developing fungus in petri dishes in refrigerators. I am beginning to translate all of this research into performance with collaborators: Erik Ehn – Playwright, Molly Van Avery – Director, Jim Parker – Musician. Learn about these incredible animals and plants and the challenges they currently face. Watch as taxidermy comes to life through this radical fable about climate change, habitat loss, environmental shifts, and alien invaders. What is wildness? How is our Minnesota landscape shifting? How can we be present with all this change and loss? How can we wake to the shared needs of this ecosystem?
Alison Heimstead is a director of puppet performance – ranging from large spectacles to intimate performances. Her performance work has been seen at: La MaMa, St Ann’s Warehouse, The Velaslavassay Panorama, Great Small Works Toy-Theater Festival, Kohler Art Center (With Nana Projects), Museum of Jurassic Technology, Midtown Greenway – Railway Corridor, Opening Ceremony for LACMA’s Broad Contemporary Art Museum and many others locations. She is one of the founding members of Barebones Productions.
She works at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre supporting the creation of new puppet performance: 7 years mentoring emerging artists to create new work thru Puppet Lab, and curating Ta Da! – Saturday Matinee season of 10 family friendly puppet shows annually. She carries an MFA from CalArts in Puppetry and Theater Design. She has studied puppetry with: Janie Geiser, Dan Hurlin, Paul Zaloom, Bread and Puppet Theater and Sandy Spieler.
Erin Search-Wells of SuperGroup will delve into the private life of a wealthy fashionista as she grapples with being a wealthy fashionista. Right now. Inspired by makeup tutorials and live diary-writing, this solo performance includes improvisation and ill-fitting clothes.
Erin Search-Wells usually creates and performs as one-third of SuperGroup, and has presented work at the Red Eye Theater, Walker Art Center, Southern, Public Functionary, Bedlam, and Bryant Lake Bowl. SuperGroup has also toured to NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, and were 2017 McKnight Choreographer Fellows. Erin’s last solo was in Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker.
A new work by Anat Shinar.
Anat Shinar is a Minneapolis-based contemporary performance and visual artist, curator, writer, and educator, and a member of Fresh Oysters Performance Research collective. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Visual Arts, and completed her Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership, also at the UMN. Her choreography has been presented at the Red Eye Theater, Southern Theater, The Soap Factory, SooVAC, Bryant-Lake Bowl, and Ritz Theater. She teaches at Young Dance, working with people of all ages and abilities.
Paper vs. Rock This piece is all about provocation, suspense, and revenge; the need for justice when you’ve been outsmarted by an unlikely enemy. In the childhood game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” two playmates take their best bet on a move while trying to guess what their opponent is going to do next. Sounding familiar? When we flirt, interview, make new friends, when we see an old friend from a chapter of our lives we’ve already closed — we are strategic. We win some, we lose some, we stack the cards to our advantage, and none of us like to lose.
Yonci Jameson is a musician, poet and budding community organizer. Yonci has been trained in the art of West African drum and dance since 8 years old. Yonci entered into the world of jazz on bass clarinet in 2012, and briefly slammed poetry in 2015. Yonci continues to explore ontology through live music, wordsmithing and various performing arts.
resilience explores the social expectations, the struggle with introversion and stagnancy, the expression of lived experiences, gender and spirituality through a musical-metaphysical lens. Performers respectively identify as young, black, queer and/or trans, none with precedence over the other.
Amal Rogers is a Somali/American dance artist and community educator who uses art as a means for personal, social and political transformation. She holds a Masters degree in dance from Mills College, is a certified bodyworker, and acts as an editor and as the Community Outreach Director for the online publication Art For Ourselves. Amal makes performance experiments to positively define her identity. She works with bought, found, and self-made objects to create environments where she is control. She has presented work at Going Dutch Festival and Saki Records in Chicago, 9×22 Dance Lab in Minneapolis, University of Helsinki in Finland, the Mills College Art Museum and Lisser Theater in Oakland, CA, and the Black Box Theater in Sarasota, FL. Amal is on the teaching roster of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and the East Side Art Center. This Spring she is developing a solo work as part of Isolated Acts with Red Eye Theater.
Willness explores list making, remaking, and crossing things off of lists as a proxy for wellness.
Created by Holo Lue Choy
Performed by Shayna Allen and Holo Lue Choy
“No, forget it, I am sorry. There is no point in speculation.” was a series of pieces exploring jealousy, manipulation, and toxicity within relationships where boundaries are undefined. Inspiration is drawn from various forms of media which normalize both the causing and receiving of various forms of trauma, particularly domestic abuse. This was the second of three iterations, focusing on the intersections which abuse has with isolation and capitalism.
Created and performed by Erin Drummond & Holo Lue Choy
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Holo Lue Choy is a Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary performance artist and choreographer. She has danced with Voice of Culture and Ananya Dance Theatre, and serves as artistic director of WW/Harvest Performance Collective. As a performer, she has been in works by Rosy Simas, Pramila Vasudevan, Chris Schlichting, Carl Flink, Kenna Cottman, and Fire Drill, amongst other artists. Her work prioritizes the experiences of historically oppressed groups, especially transgender people and people of color, and how such identities affect the way one interacts with the world.
WW is a collective consisting of Holo Lue Choy, Shayna Allen and Sophie Keller devised in early 2016 with an intention of blending together their artistic aesthetics and brining multiple perspectives based in sociopolitical identities into research processes, often resulting in multiple narratives intersecting on stage. Their work together draws from core beliefs of intersectionality and combating medias simplification of identity politics through archetypes.
by Pedro Pablo Lander
Noche Bomba was an exploration of forms and of gender. Movement; expression; drag; social dance. Gender as fiction, socially constructed; gender as reality, the actual implications. Interweaving forms to construct specific imagery.
Pedro Pablo Lander (Ze, hir : he, him) is a Minneapolis based, Venezuelan artist. Ze currently works as a resident artist for the Pillsbury House Theatre and as a teaching artist with Upstream Arts. Since moving to the Twin Cities, Pedro has performed hir work at Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Open Eye Figure Theatre.
by Kaya Lovestrand
A new movement study occupied by concrete poetry, Japanese literary forms, and the best kinds of nonsense.
Kaya Lovestrand is an artist currently living and working in Minneapolis, MN. She has performed with choreographers such as Kota Yamazaki, Dana Reitz, Gwen Welliver, Elena Demyanenko and Daniel Roberts in addition to creating her own work and dancing through her collaborative project Three Planes Collective. Her creative work has been influenced by internships with independent choreographers, dance companies, and other arts-based organizations around the United States and abroad. Her eagerness to always be learning new ways of making has lead her through many mediums other than dance, including printmaking, drawing, ceramics, woodworking, and bookmaking.
by FishWife Theater Company (Jesica Springer + Jonah O’Hare-David)
One hundred and twenty years since Plessy v. Ferguson, and 62 years since Brown v. Board and our schools are still separate and unequal. Genius Child pulls it’s name from a poem by Langston Hughes. Hughes’s poem speaks to the way children’s intelligent minds are silenced, specifically the minds of black children. There is a long history of this which continues today. Through multiple disciplines Jade Gardner and Liv Hanson performed this piece about racial disparity in schools.
by Robert Keo
Bone Conditioning developed from Robert’s relationships with women. This piece explored themes of sex, frustration, and sleeping on the couch. He still doesn’t get it.
Robert Keo is an artist/dancer who is inspired to tell stories through the lens of his personal narrative and our digital culture into mixed media dance performances. He has shown dance locally at the IDS Center, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, and Walker Art Center. He is also interested in collaborating with artists in different mediums to create new work.
by Kelvin Wailey (Leila Awadallah, Emma Marlar + Laura Osterhaus)
Kelvin Wailey had been stuck in a rut of creating only mere hours before a performance. This method had proved successful, but plays on quick efficient decisions, almost always saying yes to every idea, and an anxiety to get the job done. In this case, it also places emphasis on the outcome. Given the space and time of 3PLAY, they explored the antithesis of these things, delving deep into our collected ideas, asking more questions than finding answers, and creating a more process driven work.
by Six Families
Six Families is a collection of musicians that aims to create opportunities for both performers and listeners to participate in honest, thoughtful, and compelling experiences relating to sound/silence/song. They presented new work on keyboard, percussion, and cornet.
Theatre Arts (Sacrifice)
by Eric Larson (created in collaboration with and featuring Elizabeth Cooper, Neva Dalager, and Joe Kellen)
This piece crammed an evening-length piece into twenty minutes. The referenced piece, Theatre Arts, is a screwy history of student transgression in the Theatre Department at the University of Minnesota.
Eric Larson is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying theatre and cultural studies.
by Reb L Limerick, Jasmine Peck, and Hillary Price in collaboration with Max Kollman, Alex Julian Leeds, and Newme.
Silver Baby was a video, sound and performance installation imagining a world of ever-accelerating technology.
Reb L Limerick is a multi-media performance artist and first-year MFA candidate in the area of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice at the University of Minnesota.
by Clark Bremer
Clark presented on Timber Frame Construction – buildings made of large timber fastened with traditional mortise and tenon joinery – no metal!
Clark Bremer is a former researcher at Bell Labs, and former VP of the Timber Framers Guild. Currently writing software again, he still teaches Timber Framing at the Guild, and North House Folks School.
Building Nixon’s Last Krapp
by Charles Campbell
A mash-up of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape with the tapes of Richard Nixon and others invested in surveillance, inspired by a GIF found online.
Charles Campbell is a founder of Skewed Visions.
Innovation and Maintenance – Some Recent and Some Not-So-Recent Speculative Work
by Steven Epley
Steve Epley is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional who has worked in various aspects of the architecture and design field for twenty years. His work includes the design of buildings and building components, installations, speculative architectural design, scenic design, and public art.
Written and performed by Lisa Channer (with Dan Dukich)
Directed by Carra Martinez
Based on R. Buckminster Fuller’s two day lecture entitled “everything I know” and Channer’s father’s 40 years as a cable news talk show host in Manhattan. It is about the ethics of parenting, failure in all forms and how to hold many ideas together at the same time.
Sh#t Muthaf#ckers in the American Theatre Say: a compendium on the banality of mediocre thought.
by Keli Garrett
Culinary Presentation: Dinner Exchange Americana
by Sandra Teitge
Sandra experimented with different ways of serving, eating, and discussing food & food waste.
by Blake Bolan
with Megan Clark, Hannah Holman, Laura Leffler-McCabe, and Mason Mahoney
We are where our minds take us. …
We are in this body. We are beside bodies we will never know. Sharing secrets that no one else can hear.
We are here, in this room. …
We are right now,
I am right here,
It’s the Dollars in Your Wallet, Waterloo, It’s the Way that You Talk
A new performance by Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney
Performed by Emily Ban, Ryan Colbert, Erika Hansen, McKenna Kelly-Eiding, Jacob Miller, Ross Orenstein, Kimberly Rhyme, Peter Rusk, Moheb Soliman and Garrett Vollmer, based on instructions given by Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney
It’s the Dollars in Your Wallet, Waterloo, It’s the Way that You Talk will put an end to theatre once and for all.
by Ted Moore
eclipse is a new work for tenor saxophone (played by Kyle Hutchins), live processing, and video/projection that explores the combination of live improvisation, generated soundscapes, and audio-controlled visuals.