New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St.
New York, NY 10025
$25, $20, $15
Australian artist Agatha Gothe-Snape presents Rhetorical Chorus (LW), a performance inspired by a chance encounter with legendary conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner that explores the role of the physical body in transmitting and receiving knowledge.
Piecing together a gestural lexicon of Weiner’s hand movements, and an expanded verbal vocabulary gathered from his every text work, the piece is a visual and aural collage of images, texts and sounds that engulf the audience. Rhetorical Chorus (LW) presents an improvised choral performance in the byzantine tradition of cheironomia, a musical system notated by hand gestures, accompanied by an animated digital PowerPoint presentation, each illuminating the dual lexicons of Lawrence Weiner. Unraveling the interconnected legacies and influences of modernism and conceptual art in their respective practices, Gothe-Snape follows these threads through acts of embodiment, expression and transference in this layered and multi-sensory circulation and consumption of knowledge.
By Agatha Gothe-Snape
Composer: Megan Clune
The Transmitter (Actor): Joan La Barbara
The Prologue: Brian Fuata
The Chorus: Amy Carrigan, Brian Rady, Ivan Chang, Jean Carla Rodea, Kristin Slipp, Maria White, Natalie Galpern, Nina Dante, Onome and Tatyana Tenenbaum
Costumes: Designed by Agatha Gothe-Snape, produced by Print All Over Me
Image credit: Agatha Gothe-Snape, Rhetorical Chorus (LW), 2015, A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court
Co-commissioned by Performance Space, Sydney, Australia and the Keir Foundation. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts with additional support from The Commercial, Sydney.