CLYTIGATION FUNTASIA Mar 14, 2015

by Ella Mahler

So remember when Michelle Ellsworth essentially built her own Internet in her last OtB performance, Phone Homer? Well now, she has created an Arcade. And yes, you can play in it.

Michelle has transformed the studio theatre into a participant-friendly arena of buttons to press, levers to pull, bikes to ride, and 2 phones with live operators ready to talk to you (who may or may not be in same time zone – you should ask them who they are). Grab a quarter, drop it in the slot, and see what happens.

Meanwhile there is a live performer in a large wooden box who continues to follow instructions from a hidden voice (Michelle) to complete tasks that become more and more absurd, challenging, and futile at times. Not only is he performing live, but also with the help of technology, we see him superimposed in ever-changing environments and scenarios (even Nintendo’s Mario at one point). And you, the player/observer, have some control in this too. Go press the 2 red buttons behind...

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Clytigation #3 Blog Review Mar 13, 2015

by Michaela Hutfles

I love Michelle Ellsworth's previous OtB performance Phone Homer and I've watched the OtB.tv version a number of times since and recommend it as a good way to get your art feet wet, so I had high expectations going into Clytigation #3.

I did art go-er homework as a slight obsessive of Hellenic culture: read the Wikipedia entries about Clytemnestra and the Oresteia; used it as an excuse to reread Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze, an excellent graphic novel retelling of the Trojan War, the second volume Sacrifice being particularly relevant. Also Theoi’s entries on the Erinyes; which tells you all you need to know about ...

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Michelle Ellsworth's Choreography Generator Mar 10, 2015

by Erin

Want to watch some dance but feel like you've seen it all before? Problem solved: create your own dance-in-a-box sequences with Michelle Ellsworth's Choreography Generator. Making a new dance is easy and the possibilities are almost limitless. (Bonus: keep an eye out for choreographer/dancer/OtB alum Zoe Scofield.)

Try it!



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Michelle Ellsworth's Phone Homer at OntheBoards.tv Mar 9, 2015

by Erin

Check out Michelle Ellsworth's glorious take on the sadly under-reported female side of the Iliad, complete with Skype calls, ebay, self-help websites, and of course her signature prop, the hamburger. Phone Homer was filmed live in front of an audience for OntheBoards.tv in 2012 - rent or download now to see this uncomfortably hilarious, super fast-paced show for yourself. 

Watch now at OntheBoards.tv.

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Michelle Ellsworth in the NY Times Mar 9, 2015

by Erin

Michelle Ellsworth was singled out by The New York Times as one of the stand-out performers in 2014's American Realness Festival:

If you wanted to spend some time contemplating death — your own, other people’s — Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side was a good place to be on Monday night. As part of the American Realness festival, two very different shows — Michelle Ellsworth’s cheerfully wacky “Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome” and a much darker work by Jeremy Wade with an obscenity in its title — grappled with disappearance, decline and the thin line between being here and being gone.

For Ms. Ellsworth, a jittery performer who expertly folds nervousness into her character, the disappearance in...

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Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite Mar 4, 2015

by Erin

Kyle Abraham's When the Wolves Came In was largely inspired by Max Roach's iconic 1960 protest album We Insist: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, which celebrated the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Listen to the entire album here, and learn more about this amazing record here

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When the Wolves Came In - Inspiration, Cast, and More Mar 4, 2015

by Erin

From the Abraham.In.Motion website:

WHEN THE WOLVES CAME IN, a stand-alone repertory-based program, explores the historical legacy of two totemic triumphs in the international history of civil rights: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th anniversary of the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa. The works take their inspiration from Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, which celebrated the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and shed a powerful light on the growing civil rights movements in South Africa and the U.S. The potent themes inherent in these historical milestones are evident in Abraham’s choreography, evocative scenery by visual artist Glenn Ligon, the visceral power of Roach’s masterwork and original...

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Kyle Abraham & Wendy Whelan Mar 2, 2015

by Erin

Check out some gorgeous footage of Kyle Abraham rehearsing with Wendy Whelan (yes, that Wendy Whelan) in rehearsal for Restless Creature (performed at the Royal Opera House in 2014).

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