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listening creates an opening

is the newest MADT site specific performance meditation. It is a commissioned project of EMPAC, an art and technology institute on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in Troy NY, and will premiere September 12-15 2018.

get tickets through the EMPAC website: empac.rpi.edu
these are small audience shows, they will sell out!

listening creates is a technology/embodiment puzzle that asks how we listen and what we hear. Taking its time, as it draws us, in a listening state, from a Victorian drawing room on RPI campus, through the 21st century EMPAC theater, down the hill and through the streets of Troy to the Hudson River's edge at dusk, this piece poses the further question of what do we do next - once we have started to hear?

we are in conversation to bring this piece back to the bay area in spring 2019, and then to England in fall 2019 - stay tuned if you are interested!

and see more at the project website: listeningcreates.org

reveries and elegies VOLUME 2

is the next installment in MADT's long term, large scale, site specific installation about change, dislocation, and the ungraspableness of the present. Happening (almost simultaneously) at the water's edge on two continents this coming spring - come experience it where you can!

at the Brighton Fringe Festival:
May 30 and 31, 2015
at the San Francisco International Arts Festival: June 4 and 7, 2015

choreography: Mary Armentrout
sound: Evelyn Ficarra and Pamela Z
video: Ian Winters

for all the information and tickets to the Brighton Fringe shows:

for all the information and tickets to the San Francisco International Arts Festival shows:

seating is VERY limited and shows will SELL OUT - get your tickets early!
for more info: email ma@maryarmentroutdancetheater.com

ALSO, as this is a show that will happen outside at sunset, rain or shine, windy or calm, all of us wandering around the neighborhoods of the waterfront, please dress to enjoy it - walking shoes, warm layers, hat, umbrellas if needed...

read the great write up of the SFIAF show in the Express HERE

find all the details in the press release HERE

Brighton Fringe shows supported in part by the Nightingale. SFIAF shows are part of the Fort Mason Center Presents series, and are partially unterwritten by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. MADT fiscally sponsored by Dancers' Group.

fantasia upon the moment when

the woman invisible to herself
and the man who isn't sure whether he wants to exist yet or not
decide to go in on an apartment together

you? me? us? love?
how exactly do any of these things happen?
and what is it that we understand about these curious, mysterious processes?
- these are the questions we will ponder together within the framework of MADT's latest dance theater performance installation:

fantasia upon the moment when the woman invisible to herself and the man who isn't sure whether he wants to exist yet or not decide to go in on an apartment together

meet me at:
Z Space
450 Florida, San Francisco CA 94110
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10pm only
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8pm and 10pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8pm and 10pm

featuring Mary Armentrout, Rogelio Lopez, Brontez Purnell and Jordan Joel, sound by Evelyn Ficarra and Pamela Z, video by Ian Winters and lights by Allen Willner

Tickets: $25, through zspace.org or 866 811 4111- small shows - VERY LIMITED SEATING - shows will SELL OUT - get your tickets early
MORE INFO: 510 845 8604, maryarmentroutdancetheater.com, boxoffice@zspace.org
Come early: pre-show installations up and running by 7:45 or 9:45
Z Lobby, Bar and Box open one hour before curtain time

read the beautifully thoughtful review by Rita Felciano HERE

read the great review by Heather Desaulniers HERE

read the wonderful preview by Rita Felciano in the Guardian HERE

read the great mention in the East Bay Express Fall Arts Preview HERE

see the little trailer Ian Winters made of stuff we've been editing recently HERE

find all the details in the press release HERE

and if you'd like to donate to our Hatchfund fundraising campaign, we would LOVE it - the link is HERE

This production fiscally sponsored by Dancers' Group and supported by New Stages for Dance, the CA$H Grant, the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

reveries and elegies
is Mary Armentrout's new site specific performance project
- a shifting, wandering, accumulating, de-accumulating installation that is trying
to deal with a shifting, ungraspable subject: change, loss, dislocation

life is so strange, life is so strange - it's always changing and always staying
the same

I promise the show will be different every night
I promise the show will be special every night
I promise that you won't see ALL the shows (even if you come to each and every one)
(life is so strange, life is so strange)
-you WANT to be in control
-you WANT to have it all
(you secretly yearn to run into the fact that you're not in control at all)
(you secretly yearn to be released into the knowledge that life is ungraspable - not only
         by everyone else, but also by you)

last winter there were 9 shows at four different spaces in the Bay Area and one in Louisiana, as the show meandered through the national landscape:
-December 1st and 2nd, 2012, at 4pm, at the Milkbar at the Sunshine Biscuit
     Factory, 851 81st Ave, Oakland
-December 22nd and 23rd, 2012, at 4pm, at Interface Gallery, 486 49th
     Street, Oakland
-January 12th and 13th, 2013, at 4:15pm, at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission
      Street, San Francisco
-February 23rd and 24th, 2013, at 3:30pm, at senseofplace LAB : Baker
-March 1st, at 8pm, at the Hopkins Black Box Theater, LSU

AND, since those shows all sold out, there will be 8 more shows here in the Bay Area this coming January 2014, before the show wanders again - this time to England and further. all the Bay Area shows will be at the Milkbar in Oakland this time:
-January 4th and 5th, 2014 at 4:15pm
-January 11th and 12th, 2014 at 4:30pm
-January 18th and 19th, 2014 at 4:30pm
-January 25th and 26th, 2014 at 4:45pm
     NOTE: since this show happens in conjunction with sundown, show times are a little wacky and very specific, all shows start promptly at their start times, and the space is always open a half hour before the show start time

performance by Natalie Greene, Frances Rosario, Nol Simonse
sound by Pamela Z and Evelyn Ficarra
video by Ian Winters

tickets: $20
seating is VERY limited and shows will sell out - get your tickets early!
tickets only thru Brown Paper Tickets - no tickets at the door
informal reception always on after the show - eats and drinks
more info: call 510 289 5188 or email ma@maryarmentroutdancetheater.com

get your tickets here

find directions to the Milkbar here

read Heather Desaulniers' fantastic review from last year here

read the great critic's pick in the SF Bay Guardian here

and here's the great critic's pick in the East Bay Express

and, here's the fantastic critic's pick in the SF Weekly

here's Rita Felciano's great pick in the SF Bay Guardian from last year

read Jim Tobin's "Choreographer of the Month" preview here

and read the full press release here 

  the woman 
invisible to herself

- is Mary Armentrout's acclaimed "solo" show that explodes both the notion of self-identity and the usual proscenium model of dance theater - meaning it is both a site specific performance installation in and around the old Sunshine Biscuit Factory in Oakland, as well as an autobiographical "solo" show with three other people playing also playing the title role, since this is a self that can't be kept in one piece. - 

This show has now had two sold out runs at the Biscuit Factory, and has got me a nomination for an Izzy (the bay area's Isadora Duncan Dance Awards) for choreography. Yeah. Not too bad!

However, I am feeling like this show could tour - perhaps we could sell out shows in other places too! - and even though there are some unusual considerations because of the site-specific aspects of the piece, I think it could map onto many different locations with great success.

So, here is my current wish for "woman invisible" - I will find another large (or small) industrial site/ theater spot in New York City, or Chicago, or Seattle, or Portland, or your town! where I will be able to create a new embodiment of this piece. If you have any thoughts in this direction, I would love to hear them!

read the great SFBG Weekly Pick by Rita Felciano

or the great first review by Heather Desaulniers of Critical Dance

or the great second review by Heather Desaulniers of Critical Dance

or the lovely write up in the SF Chronicle 

plus the Staff Pick in the East Bay Express

or the second Staff Pick in the East Bay Express

or the Top Emotional Dance Moment pick at Jim Tobin's Bay Area Dance Watch

and read the full press release here