The Royal Court tells the story of Adler & Gibb

Running from 13 June to 5 July 2014, the Royal Court presents the play “Adler & Gibb”, written and directed by Tim Crouch. The narrative explores the lives of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, a pair of conceptual artists living and working in New York during the second half of the 20th century. Janet Adler was born in Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944 and emigrated to New Jersey in 1958.  After a failed suicide attempt in 1967, she then met her long-term partner, Margaret Gibb, in 1976. Following their meeting, Adler and Gibb took the art world by storm, creating work for the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and being featured at the Whitney. The duo made an enigmatic and captivating pair, attracting comment from some of the art world’s most prominent figures. Art critic Dave Hickey described Adler and Gibb as the “most ferociously uncompromising voice of their generation”. The pair decided to retire from the art world in 1999, issuing the famous statement: “Shoot the wounded. Save yourselves.” The play itself is an intimate look at Janet Adler, through the eyes of an actress who is to play the part of the artist in a film about her life. Through the actress’s determination to capture the essence of the artist, the play challenges the very notion of the word...

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Humans at Sprüth Magers

London, 27 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). London’s Sprüth Magers is currently presenting “The Humans”, a three-act theatre play by artist Alexandre Singh. The work, which is the culmination of years of study, writing, drawing and sculpting, was commissioned by Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Performa 13, New York. Performed each day as two three-hour pieces, the work is set in an allegorical landscape, and sees two of the play’s protagonists collude to invest sculptural works with the passions, desires, and bodily functions of the living humans they resemble. Alexandre Singh was born in 1980 in Bordeaux, and lives and works in New York. He is represented by Art:Concept...

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Initial details of Ruhrtriennale 2014 announced

Ruhr, 18 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Details of the 2014 edition of Ruhrtriennale have been announced, with the last year of director Heiner Goebbels’ season set to comprise three large-scale productions, to run from 15 August to 28 September 2014. Essen’s Lichtburg is to host American artist Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, a work described as a “production”, which has been produced in collaboration with composer Jonathan Belper. French choreographer Boris Charmatz is to use the event as the occasion to present the world premiere of a dance performance inspired by food, to be held at Bochum’s Jahrehunderthalle. A production of Louis Andriessen’s opera De Materie is to open the Ruhrtriennale on 15 August at Duisburg’s Kraftzentrale. The Ruhrtriennale is organised in three year cycles, with a new director overseeing each cycle. Heiner Goebbels is a German composer, director, and professor at Justus-Liebig-University in...

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Art and tolerance at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, 25 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Between 24 and 29 September 2013, the Detroit Institute of Arts (the DIA), is to offer a series of a activities engaging with the relationship between art and tolerance. The Detroit Film Theatre is to host a series of film showings, including Carrie LeZotte’s 2013 work Lean, Mean and Green, and D.W.Griffith’s Intolerance, an American film produced in 1916. The series seeks to be accessible to a broad audience, and is to include a special section “Especially for Families”, which is to feature performance pieces by Rosie Chapman, who is to present traditional stories based on African and African-American history, accompanied by traditional instruments. The event is also to feature a performance by Lisa Moore, a pianist whose performances seek to incorporate a sense of theatrical expression. The series is to feature participation from the Wayne State University Press, who will present over 100 new works and a prize-giving....

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Multimedia and multilingual performance in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, 17 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Market Theatre in Johannesburg is presenting “Ster City”, a performance produced by Jean-Paul Delore, with actors Lindiwe Matshikiza, Nick Welch and Dominique Lentin. The theatre piece is to take place from 19 to 22 September 2013. The burlesque show, addressed to an audience of all ages, tells the history of South Africa, from the first homo sapiens to the post-Mandela period. Matshikiza and Welch present the new underground art scene of South Africa. In an insolent, free, and joyful way, they explore the history of South Africa, and its conflicts between tradition and modernity. They use multi-media objects and embody at the same time lovers, siblings, animals, and...

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