Move Towards Her: Coded Scores for Stage

Move Towards Her: Coded Scores for Stage
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

ICI 401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

Theater artists Jess Barbagallo and Tina Satter from the performance group Half Straddle will share texts and techniques from their work together in a discussion of why and how to use scripts (textual and physical) for performance as a means to re-form and re-configure both the banal and transcendent into new conceptions of being together in the world.

This program with Half Straddle, takes up the mechanism of scripts and scores in everyday life, a mode of engagement that is also activated in our touring exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, currently on view in the Agnes Etherington Gallery in Kingston Ontario. The show was curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson and asks how a score can be a call and tool for decolonization and includes newly commissioned scores and sounds for decolonization by Indigenous artists who respond to this provocation.

Half Straddle is an Obie-winning, Brooklyn-based ensemble of performers and designers that make plays, performances, videos, and music led by writer and director Tina Satter that have been seen through the United States and internationally. With a constant internal engine and focus on feminist and queer dynamics that feels more necessary than ever, the company’s work has grown in recent years to include teaching, workshops, and curated lecture series of other artists in addition to their ongoing making of performances, music, and videos.  In New York City, the company’s work has been presented at The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, New Museum, Danspace, Performance Space New York (formerly PS122), Bushwick Starr, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, American Realness at Abrons Arts Center, COIL Festival, Ice Factory Festival, and PRELUDE Festival.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with HALF STRADDLE in the subject line.

This project is co-presented with Half Straddle.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

April 10, 2019

ICI 401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Tina Satter

Tina Satter is a writer, director, teacher, and Artistic Director of the Obie-winning theater company Half Straddle based in New York City. She’s recipient of 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts and 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist awards. Tina has written and directed 10 full-length shows and a number of performance and video pieces with Half Straddle that have premiered in New York City and shown at theaters and festivals in Europe, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. Tina has taught at a number of universities, most recently Yale, NYU, Hunter College, and University of Pennsylvania. Tina attended the graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College and received an M.A. from Reed College and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. Her first collection of plays, Seagull (Thinking of you), was published by 53rd State Press in 2014, and an LP and play text for Ghost Rings was published by 53rdState in 2017.

Jess Barbagallo

Jess Barbagallo is an actor, arts writer, theater practitioner, playwright and teacher. Currently appearing on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jess has been acting professionally for almost fifteen years in New York City. He has toured internationally and domestically with experimental theatre companies: Half Straddle (founding member), Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and The Builders Association. Jess has performed in large-scale performance works by multidisciplinary artist Andrea Geyer: Time Tenderness at the Whitney Museum of Art and Comrades of Time at the Whitney and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Most recently he toured Europe with Tania Bruguera’s production of Endgame. Jess’s writing has been published in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine and by 53rd State Press, where Jess also functions as a copyeditor and consultant. He has presented plays and performance texts at Dixon Place, Performance Space New York, and The New Ohio Theatre.

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