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New York 2020 ISPA - ISPA Out on the Town

ISPA Out on the Town

We partner with other arts organizations in town to provide access to performance tickets and social opportunities for our delegates.

All ISPA Out on the Town shows require advance ticket purchase.

PROTOTYPE

Ellen West | Blood Moon | Magdalene | Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro

UNDER THE RADAR

ANDARES | Feos | MukhAgni

Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, Ellen West is a remarkable new opera that explores the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her.

A remarkable operatic poem, Ellen West plunges into the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her. Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, poet Frank Bidart and composer Ricky Ian Gordon examine the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, Ellen West. Bidart’s poem, which serves as the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s journals, illuminating a psychological portrait of a woman at war with her body. Learn more

Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Saratoga

  • January 14, 15, 17 & 18 at 8 PM | January 19 at 3 PM
  • 75 minutes
  • Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
  • NYC Premiere | Operatic Poem
  • Questions: Please send inquiries directly to tickets@prototypefestival.org
  • Ticket price: $35 - $75
    $30 for congress delegates with code "ISPA" except for the January 14 performance

    As available. All sales are final. Requests for ticket exchanges or refunds cannot be granted for any reason.

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About PROTOTYPE Festival
PROTOTYPE Opera | Theatre | Now, an annual festival full of trailblazing new opera-theatre and music-theatre returns for its eighth season with 6 works by 23 composers and librettists and hundreds of collaborators from black-box chamber opera to multi-media rock concerts.

A poetic, opera-theatre piece for three characters who reckon with the past on the night of a full moon. It is a meditation on the end of life, the nature of joy, regret, and whether atonement is possible.

Blood Moon is a poetic, opera-theatre piece for three characters who encounter the past on the night of a full moon: a nephew who returns to the mountain-top where he left his aunt to die forty years earlier, the ghost of the aunt he abandoned, and the moon that presides over this night of reckoning. A contemporary response to a 15th century Noh play, Blood Moon uses choreography, puppetry, and a Taiko-infused score to create a meditation on the end of life, the nature of joy, regret, and whether atonement is possible. Learn more

Produced and commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects

  • January 9, 12, 15-17 at 7:30 PM | January 11 at 2 PM
  • 90 minutes
  • Baruch Performing Arts Center
  • World Premiere | Opera-Theatre
  • Questions: Please send inquiries directly to tickets@prototypefestival.org
  • Ticket price: $35 - $75
    $30 for congress delegates with code "ISPA"

    As available. All sales are final. Requests for ticket exchanges or refunds cannot be granted for any reason.

    Buy Tickets

About PROTOTYPE Festival
PROTOTYPE Opera | Theatre | Now, an annual festival full of trailblazing new opera-theatre and music-theatre returns for its eighth season with 6 works by 23 composers and librettists and hundreds of collaborators from black-box chamber opera to multi-media rock concerts.

A meditation on transformation and desire scored by the collective voices of fourteen women. The opera invites the audience into the interior life of a woman seeking to heal the split between the sacred and the sexual. Mary Magdalene becomes the mask she wears, a reminder that our voices are never alone, but always echoed by a chorus of women from history.

This wild meditation on transformation and desire scored by the collective voices of fourteen women. Set to Marie Howe’s Magdalene poems, the opera invites an audience into the interior world of Mary Magdalene — enlarging her to cross time and space, she appears as a woman alive now, who strives to heal the unyielding split between the sacred and the sexual. Encountering her life in flashes – wandering through a hotel, lighting birthday candles, making love in the ocean – Magdalene finds transcendence in the mundane to finally become the subject of her own story. Learn more

Produced by PROTOTYPE

  • January 11, 13, 15, 17 at 7:30 PM | January 12 at 4 PM | January 16 at 6:30 PM
  • 70 minutes
  • HERE Mainstage
  • World Premiere | Chamber Opera
  • Questions: Please send inquiries directly to tickets@prototypefestival.org
  • Ticket price: $35 - $75
    $30 for congress delegates with code "ISPA"

    As available. All sales are final. Requests for ticket exchanges or refunds cannot be granted for any reason.

    Buy Tickets

About PROTOTYPE Festival
PROTOTYPE Opera | Theatre | Now, an annual festival full of trailblazing new opera-theatre and music-theatre returns for its eighth season with 6 works by 23 composers and librettists and hundreds of collaborators from black-box chamber opera to multi-media rock concerts.

Set in a graveyard filled with cries of mourning and the poignant music of South African Isicathamiya singers, Cion vividly elicits emotions associated with death. Physically charged and visually striking, the work draws inspiration from Zakes Mda’s novel Cion and Ravel’s Boléro

Set in a graveyard filled with the persistent cries of visitors in mourning and the poignant music of Isicathamiya singers (an a cappella singing style originating from the Zulus), Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro vividly elicits emotions associated with the loss of life. Physically charged and visually striking, the work is choreographed by South African native and internationally-known choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma. Cion draws inspiration from author Zakes Mda’s novel,  Cion and Ravel’s Boléro,  and is, in Maqoma’s words, “a lament, a requiem required to awaken a part of us, the connection to the departed souls.” Learn more

A production of Vuyani Dance Theatre

  • January 15 at 7:30 PM | January 16-18 at 8 PM | January 18 at 2 PM
  • 60 minutes
  • The Joyce Theater
  • U.S. Premiere | Dance/Music-Theatre
  • Questions: Please send inquiries directly to tickets@prototypefestival.org
  • Ticket price: $10 - $75
    $30 with PROTO PACK | $60 with PREMIUM PROTO PACK

    As available. All sales are final. Requests for ticket exchanges or refunds cannot be granted for any reason.

    Buy Tickets

About PROTOTYPE Festival
PROTOTYPE Opera | Theatre | Now, an annual festival full of trailblazing new opera-theatre and music-theatre returns for its eighth season with 6 works by 23 composers and librettists and hundreds of collaborators from black-box chamber opera to multi-media rock concerts.

Woven from ancestral myths and personal anecdotes, ANDARES is a touching, fierce denunciation against a present intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred.

Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music, and a three-person narrative, ANDARES reveals the extraordinary spirit of México’s most remote corners and the astonishing pathways of their humblest of inhabitants. The play shines a light on a range of realities - land usurpation, widespread violence, community resistance - which indigenous people continue to face at the crossroads of old and new ways of life. Created by Héctor Flores Komatsu in a year-long search across the original cultures of his homeland, ANDARES is both a deeply-touching and fierce denunciation against a present that seems intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred. Learn more

  • January 9-13, 15, 17-19 at various times (Check performance hours)
  • 75 minutes
  • Public Theater – LuEsther Hall
  • Performed primarily in Spanish with Mayan, Zapotec, Tzotzil, and Wixarika with supertitles in English
  • Questions: Call the box office at 1 212 967 7555
  • Ticket price: starts at $30, plus fees

    $25 for congress delegates with code "ISPAUTR" for January 15 performance

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About Under the Radar Festival (UTR)
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival is a festival of new theater, widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. UTR promises an intense and wildly diverse celebration of theater created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. The festival provides a snapshot of contemporary theater, richly distinct in perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, while pointing to the future of the art form.

Based on Mario Beneditti's short story, Feos is an adult work about desire between two people. Socially cast as "ugly" because of physical deformities, they defy loneliness and conformity by seeing the human need in one another.

Director/puppet artist Aline Kuppenheim's Feos is her first collaboration with Guillermo Calderón (script) based on Mario Beneditti's short story, Noche de los Feos (Night of the Ugly). Learn more


About Under the Radar Festival (UTR)
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival is a festival of new theater, widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. UTR promises an intense and wildly diverse celebration of theater created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. The festival provides a snapshot of contemporary theater, richly distinct in perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, while pointing to the future of the art form.

MukhAgni is an automythography about a relationship in process. In a bedroom in Brooklyn, in a Calcutta charnel ground, two queer colored lovers play dead.

What happens to our bodies after we die? Ashes pollute rivers. Buried bodies take up real estate. Bringing video and performance into intimate conversation, MukhAgni is an automythography about a relationship in process. In a bedroom in Brooklyn, in a Calcutta charnel ground, two queer colored lovers play dead. Learn more

  • January 12 at 9 PM | January 15 at 7 PM
  • 90 minutes
  • Public Theater – Martinson Hall
  • Performed in English. This performance will include full frontal nudity.
  • Questions: Call the box office at 1 212 967 7555
  • Ticket price: starts at $25, plus fees

    $20 for congress delegates with code "ISPAUTR" for January 15 performance

    Buy Tickets

About Under the Radar Festival (UTR)
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival is a festival of new theater, widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. UTR promises an intense and wildly diverse celebration of theater created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. The festival provides a snapshot of contemporary theater, richly distinct in perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, while pointing to the future of the art form.

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