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Japanther
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One of Brooklyn??™s favorite noise-rock bands, Japanther (Ian Vanek and Matt Reily) unveils a new comedic rock-opera of unpredictable scale, repercussions, and decibel levels. Using a high-energy multi-media format ??“ their ???tool kit??? integrates live music, dance, an interactive set, and video projections, plus an animatronic robot dinosaur ??“ the band and their collaborators create a full-immersion theatrical concert experience that sports a sharp political edge and an equally edgy heart.

What starts as a post-modern funeral becomes an uplifting and entertaining
ceremony. The set, designed by acclaimed conceptual artist Dan Graham and Eugene Tsai, becomes a canvas for simultaneous stimuli: a large perforated steel scrim not unlike Graham??s ??pavilions?? is situated next to a circular band stage, a la the Rolling Stones on Ed Sullivan, where Japanther works their musical magic. Meanwhile, robbinschilds dance up a storm. Other collaborators include Safe Clothing, and Penny Rimbaud, the spoken word artist and the co-founder of anarchist punk band Crass, and stage and lighting design by Eugene Tsai. Darkly humorous commercials interspersed throughout advertise the sunny plight of the American Indian and advocate arresting those who feed the homeless. By daring the audience to laugh at sad truths, Japanther opens up a door to hope and makes it cool again.

About the Artist
Japanther was formed in 2001 by Ian Vanek (drums, cassettes, vocals) and Matt Reily (bass, Casio SK-1, vocals). They have recorded with Plan It X Records, Tapes Records, and the Menlo Park label. The band appears in the indie documentary film B.I.K.E, which premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival; and teamed with Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Laurent P. Berger, and Tony Oursler to create Don??™t Trust Anyone Under Thirty (2005), a puppet opera later turned into an abstract video installation for the 2006 Whitney Biennial.


Credits
A PERFORMA Commission
Produced by PERFORMA in cooperation with P.S. 122

The PERFORMA Commissions program originates new performances by inviting artists??”many of whom have not worked ???live??™ before??”to create work especially for the PERFORMA biennial. Selected by PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg, commissioned artists work closely with the PERFORMA production team from conceptualization to presentation, including international tours following the biennial.

Japanther ,
Japanther in (3-D)
2007
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
Performance Space 122
Nov 15, 2007
9 pm
$20
$15 - Student
$10 - Member
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Japanther ,
Japanther in (3-D)
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
Performance Space 122
Nov 15, 2007
11 pm
$20
$15 - Student
$10 - Member
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Discount code available to PERFORMA Members

 


Japanther ,
Japanther in (3-D)
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
Performance Space 122
Nov 16 - Nov 17, 2007
11 pm
$20
$15 - Student
$10 - Member
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Japanther ,
Japanther in (3-D)
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
Performance Space 122
Nov 18 - Nov 19, 2007
9 pm
$20
$15 - Student
$10 - Member
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Discount code available to PERFORMA Members