Autumn Knight

M_ _ _ ER
Oct 10 - 13, 2019

Passed Event Merill Theater

Thu, Oct 10, 8 PM
Fri, Oct 11, 8 PM
Sat, Oct 12, 8 PM
Sun, Oct 13, 5 PM 

"Intense and disarming, [Knight's] pieces play off the social dynamics of her audiences, amplifying the race, gender, and power relationships in the room—often to absurd (even hilarious) effect."
– Gavin Kroeber, Art In America 

Employing improvisation, sculpture, sound, and lights, interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight’s newest work addresses a range of subjects, including the nature of intimacy with self, others, and objects-stuff. The title suggests various interpretations of the missing letters, and the performance itself addresses certain ideas such as “mother” “murder” and “matter,” while leaving room for ambiguity. M _ _ _ ER is a nonlinear, scenic examination of entanglement from mothers to matter. The work investigates relationships that are common to almost everyone and probes at the nature of precarity born out of physical or emotional intimacy and proximity.

About the Artists

Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video, and text. Drawing from her training in theatre and the psychology of group dynamics, Knight makes performances that reshape perceptions of race, gender, and authority. Her performance work has been on view at more than a dozen institutions internationally, and her ongoing performance series Sanity TV was featured in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. 


Rena Anakwe, Sound Collaborator

Rene Anakwe is an interdisciplinary artist and performer working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent. Exploring intersections between traditional healing practices, spirituality and performance, she creates works focused on sensory-based, experiential interactions using creative technology. She is based in Brooklyn, New York by way of Nigeria and Canada. Rena is a graduate of: the Interactive Telecommunications Program (iTP) at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (MPS), The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University (MFA) and New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business (BS.) She is a 2019 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence, a 2019 Abrons Arts Center (AAC) Sound Series commissioned artist, and a 2018 Signal Culture Artist-in-Residence.


Tuce Yasak, Lighting Designer

Tuce Yasak graduated from the Department of Industrial Design at METU in Turkey. Moved to NYC following light in 2008. 

She has received 2018 BESSIE Award for outstanding visual design for Marjani Forte's "... memoires of a Unicorn”. She recently collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez on his new work This Bridge Called My Ass at the chocolate factory and participated ay Montpellier Dance Festival in France.  She has collaborated with Ni'Ja Whitson on their most recent work Oba Qween at the DanSpace which has been nominated for Bessie 2019 for the Outstanding Visual Design. She is interested in site specific work, light installations, architecture and believes that light and movement are divine partners.

Credits include:  'Unsettled' in DanceMotionUS at BAM with Korhan Basaran Company and David Dorfman Dance (DDD); Tropico at Danspace, Another Fucking Warhol Production at the Kitchen, Ugly at the Bushwick Starr with the Feath3r Theory and Raja Feather Kelly; Shasta Geux Pop at  Under The Radar(Public Theater) with Ayesha Jordan & Charlotte Brathwaite, Four Nights of Dreams with Alec Duffy and Mimi Lien at Japan Society, “…memoires of a Unicorn with Marjani Forte Saunders at Collapsable Hole and the Ford Theater, May Day Hay Day Parfait with Daria Fain and Common Choir at BRIC Media Arts, Aroundtown with David Dorfman Dance at Next Wave Festival at BAM Harvey, Marigram with Annie Wang at Five Myles, joyUS justUS by Contra Tiempo Urban Latin American Dance Theater on 2019 USA Tour. 


Ryan Dunn, Associate Lighting Designer

Ryan is a Seattle-based lighting and scenic designer for theatre, dance and events whose work has been seen recently at Book-it Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre, ArtsWest Playhouse, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Café Nordo, among others. Ryan was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Visual Communication Design in 2014. Ryan is the Resident Designer for Seattle-based experimental theatre troupe The Horse in Motion, a company member of Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an affiliate artist with Umbrella Project.


Comissioned by On the Boards. Autumn Knight: M _ _ _ ER is a National Performance Network/Visual Artist Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by DiverseWorks; On the Boards, Seattle; and Women & Their Work, Austin. 
M _ _ _ ER premiered at DiverseWorks in October 2018; M _ _ _ ER is created with additional commissioning support from Abrons Arts Center for the work’s New York Premiere in March 2020.


Photo credit: Lynn Lane