"Puntos de Fuga" (Vanishing Points)
[image of Danza Voladores de Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico]
A new multimedia play written by Angeles Romero
Artistic direction and design by Johannes Birringer
in preproduction for staging and international tour
Houston, TX, Studio JA Three
Stage reading of
Puntos de fuga (Vanishing Points)
Friday, December 21st, 2007, at 8 pm
Hosted by Talento Bilingüe de Houston
333 S. Jensen Dr. Houston, TX 77003
"The only thing necessary for the triumph
is for good people to do nothing" E. Burke
Puntos de fuga (Vanishing Points) is a 90-minute interactive multimedia play set in an interrogation room where Amalia, a young maquila worker from Catemaco, Veracruz is being held for questioning in connection with the kidnapping of DEA Agent John Arenas. As the officer sets off to find incriminating evidence that links her to the drug cartel, Amalia reveals her supernatural powers as a means to keep a solemn vow of securing an American airplane in order to unearth the missing women in Juárez. The interrogation is existentially challenging to the interpreter, who is discomforted by its senseless brutality.
The readers include Johannes Birringer, Marcela Descalzi, Epig Domínguez, and Anita Helman.
Admission to the staged reading is free.
For more information contact TBH at 713-222-1213 or visit TBH's website at www.tbhcenter.org
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Corpo, Carne e Espírito
a digital oratorio
Concept & artistic
direction: Johannes Birringer & Paulo C. Chagas
Visual Composition : Johannes Birringer
Music: Paulo C. Chagas
Musicians: Cleusa Sana – viola, Eri Lou Nogueira - 2º violin, Frank Hammer - 1º violin, Pedro Bielschowsky – violoncello, Sergio Aluotto – percussion, Mônica Pedrosa – soprano, Eladio Pérez-González – barítone, Sérgio Anders - counter-tenor
Scenography and live programming of interactuve digital images: Johannes Birringer
Actors on Film: Yiorgos Bakalos, Danielle Black, Michèle Danjoux, Nilüfer Ovalioglu, Johannes Birringer
Musical direction and conductor: Paulo C. Chagas
World premiere FIT-BH Festival, Klauss Vianna Theatre, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, June 27-29.
The music-theatre production Corpo, Carne e Espírito (Body, Flesh and Spirit), created by Paulo C. Chagas (music) and Johannes Birringer (digital choreography), premiered at the 9th International Theatre Festival of Belo Horizonte (Brasil) on June 27-29, 2008, featuring an ensemble of musicians and vocalists, and a triptych of film projections and animations inspired by the figural paintings of Francis Bacon. The work investigates the invisible forces of the human body in the contexts of new music composition (electronic and acoustic), interactive technology, and immersive environments.
The music for this audiovisual work was composed by Paulo C. Chagas, inspired by the paintings of bodily deformations and anamorphoses in Francis Bacon's oeuvre. It features three voices (soprano, counter-tenor, baritone), string quartet, percussion and electronic sounds that are integrated in the visual and performance environment designed by Johannes Birringer. The oratorio was conducted by Mr Chagas; live programming of the image movements, projected onto a curved triptych of screens upstage behind the musicians, was performed by Mr. Birringer.
The compositional plan for this performance of Corpo, Carne e Espírito was developed at the International Interaktionslabor (Göttelborn, Germany), the annual media lab directed by Birringer since 2003. During their residency at FIT Theatre Festival, Mr Birringer and Mr Chagas conducted workshops in composition and digital performance. The oratorio will tour European venues in 2009-10.