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"The future of performance is in the ability to mix a good and original story with exceptional experience design, putting the audience at the center of the work. Future creativity involves everyone, through intimate offerings that allow audience their own agency to maneuver through the work and explore the worlds created for them. It also fosters empathy by considering each individual through meticulously curated and unique interactions, sets and ephemera, and an engagement of all the senses. Immersive and experiential performance places its audience in the position of hero or protagonist, making the experience and narrative for and about them." – Tom Pearson
From MindPark: The conference theme of this year is Future City. We will attempt to reflect on the laws and trends from individuals to the environment, growth to consumption and brand to industry together with creative people, designers and managers all over the world through forums and urban practice projects to establish a practical model of the future city and explore the construction insight of both China and the world's future city.
In the process of rapid urbanization in China, more and more challenges and opportunities are at hand. As we discuss the creativity-driven changes in consumption, industrial and cultural upgrade, we should realize that it is never a simple issue that single factor change can lead to a qualitative change in the industry. Each element constituting urban structure: education, consumption, manufacturing, space, culture and policy interact with each other. To understand the law, we attempt to put the best creative thinking in the world into the necessary parts of urban development, observe and obtain the phenomena and opportunities inspired by it: the upgrade of supply and demand, the awakening of cultural awareness, the update of urban form, etc. These changes provide the raw materials and kinetic energy for the construction of the future city, which inevitably contains unlimited business opportunities.
The Global Performance Studio will also travel back to Russia later in the year to create and showcase new work in the Art Prospect Festival. Tom Pearson and Marissa Nielsen-Pincus (Associate Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects) were recently awarded Back Apartment Residency Fellowships from CEC Artslink to collaborate with local Russian artists in Saint Petersburg in August and September.
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Third Rail Projects International, with CEC Artslink, presents the first official project of the Global Performance Studio , March 6-30, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia with workshops, discussions, and performances in site-specific & immersive theater.
The residency in St. Petersburg is provided by Arts Link Back Apartment Residencies for artists and curators.
The project is led by Third Rail Projects Co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson and company member Joshua Reaver (New York), with Project Coordinator Yulia Bylenok (St. Petersburg), collaborator Renata Zhigulina (Russia & U.S.), and Local artists in St. Petersburg.
As Time Goes By will be the inaugural project for Third Rail International and the Global Performance Studio. Building upon previous models developed by Third Rail and through recent engagements with CEC Artslink, the Global Performance Studio creates an opportunity for cultural listening and sharing. For one-month, U.S. and Russian-based artists meet in St. Petersburg to share methodologies and practices for devising movement-based theater within site-specific and immersive formats.
Collaborators will create a new work for the Ziferburg (a time cafe), and will offer audiences an invitation into experiential encounters with performers and situations that unfold throughout the staircases, rooms and hallways. As action occurs throughout the space, a fragmented narrative emerges through repetition, duration and simultaneity, about our relationship to passing time and what it costs us. Audiences will pay by the minute, and will be asked to make their own choices about how much time to spend, and where and how to spend it.
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Tom Pearson, Joshua Reaver, Renata Zhigulina, Yulia Rodina, Anastasiya Rebkalo, Mayya Popova, Andrey Adamovsky, Ruslan Rychagov, Marina Shamova, Yulia Bylenok, Elena Gradkovskaya, Ekaterina Novikova, Anna Gorchanuk, Meiko's Starlight Orchestra, Bina Maracchini, Natalya Nikolaeva.
March 15, 2016 | 7:00pm: Presentation and discussion about the creation of site-specific and immersive performance through international collaborations and the partnership between Third Rail International's Global Performance Studio and CEC Artslink's Global Art Lab. http://ethnomuseum.ru/vechera-po-vtornikam
March 25-26, 2016 | 8:00pm: Performances of "As Time Goes By" created by workshop participants (USA/Russia)
March 27, 2016 | 9:00pm: Final late night performance of "As Time Goes By" created by workshop participants (USA/Russia) in celebration of International Theater Day.
Performances are free and open to the public. Location info at: http://ziferburg.ziferblat.net/en/
Third Rail International's Global Performance Studio workshops, performances, and discussions are supported by Third Rail Projects in conjunction with CEC Artslink's pilot group of international artists and curators in residency in St. Petersburg, a new program which fosters collaboration with local artists. Learn more about CEC Artslink’s programs.
The Art Prospect Festival, CEC Artslink Global Art Lab‘s International Festival of Public Art presented Recess by Third Rail Projects and local performance artists in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 23-30, 2014.
Third Rail Projects Co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson & Associate Artistic Director Marissa Nielsen-Pincus collaborated with 15 local Russian and international artists from St. Petersburg to create a new site-specific, movement-based public performance for the Art Prospect Festival 2014, curated by Kendal Henry. The resulting 20-minute site-specific work, Recess, was performed on September 27 & 28 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The work, which unfolded as a promenade between three distinct playgrounds, explored the notion of adults in a child’s world, where play is serious business, and architecture meant only for certain types of activity were re-purposed, subverted and challenged. The piece moved from a place of comical, regimented, utilitarian behavior into a place of dreamy quietude, and finally exploded with a burst of whirlwind activity.
Participating artists and collaborators included: Anastasiya Rebkalo, Yulia Potapenko, Anna Pestereva, Valentina Lutsenko, Yulia Voronovskaya, Dar’ya Karpova, Elena Matveeva, Renata Zhigulina, Maria Kirichenko, Yulia Rodina, Ekaterina Ulitina, Maya Selezneva, Lawrence Jay Millman, Aleksandra Aleksandrova, and Yulia Bylenok from Russia and Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tom Pearson from the United States.
More information at the festival’s official site: Art Prospect Festival Website and dedicated Project Page on Facebook (must be signed in to view). Third Rail Projects’ participation and collaboration in the festival was supported by CEC ArtsLink and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Learn more about CEC Artslink’s Global Art Lab.
The ArtBat Fest 2013, with CEC Artslink Global Art Lab and Third Rail Projects presented a collaborative workshop series that culminated in performances of a new public site-specific work for the elaborate terraced Soviet-era fountain on Arbat Street. The resulting work, Fountain, was a collaboration between Third Rail Projects Co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson and Associate Artistic Director Marissa Nielsen-Pincus with Yegor Vassilyev and local dance artists in Kazakhstan for the 2013 ArtBat Festival, an international festival of visual art and performance.
Fountain explored notions of permission and play in a setting that married Soviet-era architecture with the shifting and blurring boundaries of contemporary culture, fast food, and public versus private space. The performers observed the decidedly different ways that people passing through the space engaged with it, from the buoyant exploratory athletics of children, to the utilitarian thoroughfare adults have made it. Watching the fountains throughout the seasons of the day, the work embraced the way water flowed, or sometimes stopped, when the space became an obstacle or a passageway, and when it became a destination. And finally, through a slow navigation of its many spans and reaches, from solid marble surfaces and grassy areas, to its wading pool and cascading fountains, the performers attached themselves to its topography, ultimately immersing themselves fully in its waters, unleashing a splash of full-bodied release and eventual rest.
Participating artists and collaborators included: Yegor Vassilyev, Katya Maiorova, Veronika Mironova, Alina Abuzyarova, Daniel Von Sowulo from Kazakhstan and Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tom Pearson from the United States.
More information at the festival’s official site: ArtBat Fest. Third Rail Projects’ participation and collaboration in the festival was supported by CEC ArtsLink and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Learn more about CEC Artslink’s Global Art Lab.
Zach Morris and Tom Pearson, choreographers & directors of Third Rail Projects, in partnership with Capacity Building Foundation and CEC Artslink and Global Art Lab, conducted movement workshops with local dancers, actors and performance artists, culminating in a final performance with participants in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from April 13-23, 2013. The resulting immersive, site-specific work entitled Bathing Aiperi, was performed twice to over 500 audience members.
The title of work references a Kyrgyz moon goddess, but was also the name of the former Soviet-era shopping mall (actually a home repair and beauty center), which had been abandoned and in disrepair until the performance cleaned and occupied its second level. The images of bathing became center to the work and autobiographical of the process, as daily, performers and directors cleaned their way further and further into its recesses.
The local participants in Bishkek brought their own working methods, mythologies, and histories to bare on the work, and together with Tom and Zach created an evening-length immersive work. Over 250 audiences attended each performance and were free to roam about and follow performers into back hallways, shower rooms, and large "ballrooms," occasionally coming all together for larger movement sequences, or pulled away into one-on-one encounters.
Throughout the month of April 2013, US artists (Zach Morris and Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects, Kendal Henry and Gabriel Reese) collaborated with local institutions and organizations in Central Asia, highlighting the unique perspectives of that community through a series of classes and a cumulative project. Gabriel traveled to Bishkek at the end of April to see Third Rail Projects’ final presentation, and from there all four met in Almaty, Kazakhstan where they participated in a panel discussion on public art.
Participating artists and collaborators included: Alexandra Bagdasarova, Aibermet Zaiyrova, Sergei Lesenko, Samat Mambetshaev, Nargiz Chynalieva, Tatiana Shin, Renata Mambetova, Nargiza Ryskulova, Sergei Kochetkov, Natalia Firulina, Nina Chernysheva, Rustam Sultanaliev, Djamilya Djarkynbaeva, Kanyet Osmonkolov, Grigori Ribachonok from Kyrgyzstan, and Zach Morris and Tom Pearson from the United States.
Third Rail Projects in Kyrgyzstan and Bathing Aiperi was supported by CEC ArtsLink, Capacity Building Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Learn more about CEC Artslink’s Global Art Lab.
“Education and art with a bit of Gothic ambiance and history thrown in.” – Time Out Hong Kong
The One You Love is Sick was created in a week-long residency in Hong Kong in April 2010. Led by Tom Pearson and Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects, NYC and created with the participants of the Aedas My Footsteps program through workshops and rehearsals, the process shared techniques and methods for creating site-specific work and choreographic material borne from the topography of the Bethanie in Pok Fu Lam.
Drawing inspiration from the space's architecture and history as a sanatorium, participants created the collective vocabulary of the work and developed the choreographic passages in collaboration with the directors, experimenting on site to weave together images of sickness, healing, isolation, and community.
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The One You Love is Sick was commissioned by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation for the Aedas My Footsteps program which was made possible by project sponsor Aedas Architects and presented by The Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation. Additional support was provided by CUP, Essence of Taste; The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; and by Third Rail Projects with support from individual and institutional donors.