CPSI OPENING CEREMONY AND KEYNOTE
TUESDAY, JUNE 13 – 7:30-9:00 P.M.
Art is Ripping Your Guts Out and Putting Them on the Table
Steve Stockman, Writer, Director and Author of How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck
To consumers, art “things” magically appear. You watch them on your iPhone or have Amazon ship them to you or buy tickets to them. But to its creator, art is not a “thing,” it’s an act – an immersive process, requiring personal risk and exposure at every step. This is why there are more accountants than novelists – it’s scary to commit to your own creative vision. Much easier to prioritize something like making money, shopping or cleaning your office — again. In this preview of the book he’s now struggling to write, Steve Stockman defines the process this way: Art is ripping your guts out and putting them on the table. You’ll learn:
- Why making art is miserable and painful and why people do it anyway (which is only sometimes because they’re totally unqualified for other work).
- How creating art is related to – but not the same as – the Creative Problem Solving process.
- And why discovering where disaster lurks is the secret to becoming the artist you want to be.
CPSI SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE AND DIALOGUE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 – 7:30-9:00 P.M.
The Breaking Ring
Performance by: The Equus Projects / OnSite NYC
Post-Performance Dialogue With: JoAnna Mendl Shaw and Dancers
The Breaking Ring frames the lively process of listening and decision-making in a work that exposes the creation process unfolding in real time.
The Breaking Ring takes place inside a 16’ x 22’ space, delineated by white picket fencing. The audience surrounds this enclosure, witnessing at close range, four performers taking a deep dive into physical listening and visceral decision-making, crafting small dances in real time.
The physical listening and decision-making process embedded inside this work is based on The
Equus Projects’ inter-species performance works with horses – where listening, leadership,
negotiation and adaptability play out with very real consequences. In The Breaking Ring we
sense the same high stakes: The performers are deeply committed to listening and responding to
kinetic situations that demand immediate, honest engagement and accountability.
The progression of visceral duets evolves into a format that playfully allows for two spectators to
enter the performance, their movement decisions deftly woven into the theatrical trajectory.
The Breaking Ring playfully moves beyond traditional notions of dance and performance,
enticing viewers to experience the creative process along with the performers and embracing the
possibility that an audience can indeed be both a spectator and active participant.
The performance will be followed by a dialogue with The Equus Projects’ Creative Director, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, and the four dancers.