BAC Open Fall 2023 Interdisciplinary Performance Residency

BAC Open Artist Spotlight

Oct 23

1-800-359-2183592 is an experimental, interdisciplinary performance work by 14-member performance group CHILD. Tired of empty manufacturers’ promises of value and authenticity, S (spelled $ without the line), who works at her family-owned jewelry franchise DiFrederico’s at the Willow Grove Mall, decides to get out and find something more….um…. but the local news station reporting on the event confuses it with an incident of “exposing oneself to the sun.” A nearby herd of Zebras are ripping on guitars and as the shredding intensifies (earplugs provided) the jewelry store is dug out from inside a cake, offering sticky, ruined product to the audience to try and buy their brand loyalty. 1-800 exists in a gooey retail dynasty fantasia that seeps through the cracks of the narrative, searing the DiFrederico’s jingle into your memory. Despite its narrative map, this work does not function like a traditional play, nor is it a dance. Performers play characters as well as themselves, as well as entities such as a forest, or gum. Band members shift in and out of their roles. Dancers steal the videographer’s camera, while the videographer powderizes a mountain of eggshells. Welcome to the jewelry depot, it’s DiFrederico’s. 1-800-359-2183592, yeah.

Please Join Us: BAC Open House Studio Showing, November 17 at 1PM

CHILD is an ensemble of people:Angel Acuña (he/him) (dancer/performer)Matthew Antoci (they/them) (assistant director/producer)Catherine Brookman (she/her) (composer/vocalist/performer)Lena Engelstein (she/her) (assistant choreographer/performer)Lisa Fagan (she/her) (choreographer/director)Kirsten Harvey (she/her) (actor)Hannah Mitchell (she/her) (actor)Emma Orme (she/her) (producer)Ampersand Paris (they/she) (dancer/performer)Nathan Repasz (he/him) (multi-instrumentalist/performer/band leader)Eriq Robinson (he/him) (musician)Suz Sadler (they/them) (video artist)Maya Simone (they/them) (dancer/performer)Miles Toth (they/them) (musician)Shannon Yu (no pronoun preference) (dancer/performer)

Lead Artist Bio

Lisa Fagan is a choreographer, dancer, and director based in NYC whose work has been dubbed “The High Weird” by critics. She is also the director/choreographer and a practicing member of the experimental performance collective CHILD, a company of 14 multidisciplinary artists. UPCOMING: HILMA (choreographer), premiering June 2024 at The Wilma Theater, Deepe Darknesse (creator/performer) in New York Live Arts’ Live Artery Festival 2024. Fagan’s work has been presented in NYC by: Prelude Festival, Immediate Medium, Mercury Store, Radiohole, LifeWorld, Target Margin (2019/20 Artist in Residence with composer Catherine Brookman), HERE Arts Center, Bard College (Choreographer: Promenade, Dir. Morgan Green), The Exponential Festival (2019/20 Exponential Fellow), Mabou Mines (Resident Artist Program), Ars Nova (ANT FEST), New York Live Arts (2017/18 Fresh Tracks Artist), Movement Research, Gibney, Roulette, The 92nd Street Y, and others. She collaborates with many artists across disciplines supporting their shows choreographically and as movement director. On-screen choreography credits include the TV pilot THESE DAYS, premiering at Sundance 2021, and various music videos. @lfdanceproblems

This project was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Produced in association with Immediate Medium’s AGENCY program. CHILD has been supported by developmental residencies at: Bard College, Mercury Store, and Target Margin Theater.