Screening of The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer by Robert Ashley, Directed by Alex Waterman

Kunstverein Toronto
Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:00pm

The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Other Unknown Accomplices For Crimes Against Humanity (1968) is a “speaking opera” by Robert Ashley originally staged in 1968, in which the main speaker is asked to publicly answer one hundred questions about her life by an interrogator offstage. A series of improvised interruptions, diversions, and cross-examinations by two pairs of men and women creates a cacophonous and complicated score, with sounds of evasions, sarcastic questions and answers, laughter, and a huge, complex “story” about life as they all have lived it. 

As Ashley recalls,“Audience reactions went from wonder to sheer outrage—as we learned from a lot of letters that came to us after performances.”

In 1974, Anne Opie Wehrer wrote a letter to Marcia Tucker at the Whitney Museum explaining her wish to reproduce the opera at the Whitney as a live performance and installation. Forty years later, Waterman used this letter as the template for his staging and production of the piece at the 2014 Whitney Biennial..

Performance for the Opening of Akira Yoshikawa | Reciprocity & John Kissick | Sugar & Splice

KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY TORONTO
Sat, 01/17/2015 (All day)

EXHIBITION DATES: January 17 to February 14, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 17 from 2 – 5 p

The artists will be present. Special guest Alex Waterman (NYC) will perform a short (15-20 min.) cello set that will be recorded as part of a limited edition CD to accompany each of Yoshikawa’s “Notation Drawings.”

PERFORMANCE AND DINNER WITH AKIRA AND ALEX: Saturday, January 17 from 7 – 11 p

Please join us for an exclusive evening with Akira Yoshikawa and Alex Waterman. Waterman will perform a longer (45-60 min.) cello set that will be recorded as part of a limited edition CD to accompany each of Yoshikawa’s “Notation Drawings.” Yoshikawa will also speak about the inspiration and realization of his exhibition. Tickets are $100 per person all-inclusive. Kindly RSVP your interest in attending by Wednesday, January 15 to info@katzmancontemporary.com.

more info: http://www.katzmancontemporary.com/yoshikiss-press-release

TRIAL OF ANNE OPIE WEHRER NOW UP ON VIMEO

I have uploaded video documentation from two of the four performances at the Whitney Biennial 2014. These are the versions starring AMY SILLMAN and MARY FARLEY.
LINK HERE:

https://vimeo.com/user5895161

NEW TRACKS ON SOUNDCLOUD

I'VE UPLOADED SOUND TRACKS, SIDES FROM MY VINYL RELEASES AND SOME INSTALLATION WORKS. VERY EXCITED TO SHARE THESE WITH THE WORLD. TO BE FOUND HERE:

https://soundcloud.com/watercello

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER AND ALEX WATERMAN'S 'DANS LE JARDIN' at STRUT FESTIVAL, PERTH, AUSTRALIA

The Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William Street,
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:00am - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 12:00am

'Dans le Jardin' is a site-specific duet piece for outdoor space performed by Michael Schumacher (dance) and Alex Waterman (cello).

For this special Perth season, Waterman will compose a new score for cello and electronics for Schumacher to perform in the State Theatre Centre’s Courtyard. As always the work will unfold in real time in an improvised manner, drawing on
the feedback and flow of the audience itself.

Originally conceived for the Lyon Biennale,Dans le Jardin was performed in the courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon. At that location, Alex and Michael worked with the geometry of the formal garden, the flow of the public, the statuaries, and the acoustics of the arches around the garden, as well as the open air of the courtyard setting.

LAUNCHING Yes, But is it Edible? The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

Ooga Booga, CCA WATTIS, Mother Foucault's Portlan, and WESTERN FRONT
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00am - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:00am

Yes, But Is It Edible?
The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

New Documents is pleased to announce a series of launch events in conjunction with the upcoming release of Yes, But Is It Edible?, a new book on the American composer Robert Ashley edited by Will Holder and Alex Waterman.

For the launches, Holder and Waterman will read duets from the operas. Please join us as we celebrate what has been a book seven years in the making!

September 30: Los Angeles
Tuesday, 7 pm
356 Mission / Ooga Booga
356 S. Mission Road

October 1: San Francisco
Wednesday, 7 pm
CCA Wattis Institute
360 Kansas Street

October 3: Portland
Friday, 7 pm
Mother Foucault's Bookstore
523 SE Morrison St

October 5: Vancouver
Sunday, 7 pm
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Yes, But Is It Edible?

About the Book

SHOW by Maria Hassabi at Soft City, Kunsthalle Oslo, Norway

Black Box Teater
Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:00pm

I travel to Oslo to install the sound installation and run it for Maria's performance.

Directed by Maria Hassabi
. Performers Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi
. Sound Design: Alex Waterman
. Lighting Design: Maria Hassabi, Joe Levasseur. 
Dramaturgy: Scott Lyal
. Technical advisor: Randi Rivera.

VIDAS PERFECTAS AT BALLROOM MARFA AND EL PASO OPERA

Marfa, El Paso, and Ciudad Juarez
Sat, 07/12/2014 - 12:00am - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:00am

Announcing the Vidas Perfectas West Texas & Mexico tour!

After its highly-acclaimed premiere performances in the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York City,
the cast and crew of Vidas Perfectas are bringing this groundbreaking production
to El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, and Marfa in July 2014.

Saturday, July 12
Tricky Falls
El Paso, TX
8 PM
El Bar, El Banco, El Supermercado, El Parque

Sunday, July 13
Museo de la Revolución en la Frontera
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
5 PM
La Iglesia, El Salon, El Patio De Atras

Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19
Ballroom Marfa
Crowley Theater
Marfa, TX
7:30 PM
July 18: El Supermercado, El Banco, La Iglesia, El Salon
July 19: El Parque, El Bar, El Patio De Atras

Ticket information: Performances in Marfa are are free. For tickets in El Paso, please call 915-581-5534or visit www.ticketfly.com. Also available at Eloise, Bowie Feathers, and All The Music in El Paso.
Limited free seating in Ciuadad Juárez; VIP tickets available at www.donboleton.com.
For industry tickets, please contact Alexandra Rosenberg at RosieManagement@gmail.com.

3 Operas by Robert Ashley directed by Alex Waterman

The Whitney Biennial
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:00am - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:00am

For full schedule and more information please go to:
http://www.vidasperfectas.org/whitney-biennial

ROBERT ASHLEY AND ALEX WATERMAN IN THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2014

I'll be directing 3 pieces by Robert Ashley. VIDAS PERFECTAS--which will be shown as a complete opera in 7 episodes and filmed in installments in front of a 'live television audience'--, THE TRIAL OF ANNE OPIE WEHRER--a piece written for the ONCE Group in 1968--, and CRASH, a NEW OPERA for six voices, light, and images.

PLEASE HELP US BY DONATING TO OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/503644309/3-operas-by-robert-ashley...