Body by Body
140 Greene St.
New York, NY 10012
New York-based Cameron Soren and Melissa Sachs, who together collaborate as Body by Body, transform a historic SoHo loft into a stage for an opera in BDSMozart.
From his well-appointed apartment, bought at the just the right time, Mozart dreams of getting his troublesome, but ultimately lovable children into a good college like Bard, where they can learn how to behave, how to dress, and how to write poetry and literature. Cycling through Western middle-class cultural references, yuppie character types and scenarios, and melodramatic song and dance, BDSMozart reenacts history's curdled ideologies as passed through a gluttonous popular culture.
BDSMozart is commissioned by Rhizome, the leading organization supporting contemporary art engaged with digital culture, as part of Performa 15. With special thanks to Michael Kapsalis for his hospitality in providing his SoHo loft for this performance, and to Sozita Goudouna for organizing the venue.
Image credit: Body by Body, BSDMozart, 2015; courtesy of the artists.
The Rhizome Commissions program is supported by the Jerome Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Rhizome’s public programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the Carolyn K. Tribe Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.