Composers and Choreographers Theatre
Contact: Laura Foreman
May 30, 1979
Hisachika Takahashi, Laura Foreman, John Watts
An art/video/sound installation-environment by Hisachika Takahashi, Laura Foreman, and John Watts, respectively, will be presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 15, 16, 17, at a former chapel located at 381 Lafayette Street. There will be five showings each day at 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15 and 7:00 PM. Admission is $2.50. This series is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The installation-environment concerns itself with time passing, both past and present, time seen as well as heard; reflections on surfaces and textures of various kinds; and illusion of an optical, aural, and conceptual nature — fantasy. This work has been designed to be shown during daylight hours only so that illumination is natural outdoor light coming directly from the high vaulted chapel windows. However complex in configuration, the contributions of each participant to the piece or the basic elements evolved in common can be described rather simply.
Hisachika Takahashi, a Tokyo-born artist, will be doing an environment of flashlight-illuminated mirrors and reflective surfaces and providing wax-paper balls for the audience to play with, contrasting with a spatial network of children’s rubber balls, and other fantasy objects. Mr. Takahashi has had showings of his work at the Gallerie Wide White Space, Antwerp; Galeria de Cavallino, Venice; Festival d’Automne and the Sonnabend Gallery, Paris; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. In England he worked with sculptor Kenneth Armitage, and since 1969 he has worked with sculptor Robert Rauschenberg.
Laura Foreman will have a video installation of herself on four monitors, talking to herself in a mirror. A constant on-going time code on the bottom of the video image gives a visual representation of time passing, with numbers indicating minutes, seconds, frames, etc. She will also appear live, costumed in such a way that she seems to be a 15-foot standing figure gazing out a chapel window while soap bubbles float in from a window area to the audience space. A video artist and choreographer, Ms. Foreman was a 1978 recipient of an Artist-in-Residence grant from Channel 13’s Experimental TV Lab to create and direct an original work for television. She is also the Director of the Dance Department at the New School for Social Research.
John Watts has composed a synthesizer score with electronically realized sounds of nature, principally “water.” The texture of the electronic-‘natural’ sounds is in counterpoint to fragments of the woman’s monologue on video tape; words occasionally surface from the sonic background to give the impression of her talking through a waterfall or over the wind, etc. In the past six months, Mr. Watts has had premiers of two orchestral commissions by l’Orchestre symphonique de Radio Sarrebruck (Metz, France) and the Sage City Symphony (Bennington Vermont), an all-Watts record release on the Serenus label, and a two-hour broadcast of his music over KPFA-Berkeley. Director of the Composers Theatre Program at the New School for Social Research, he is currently working on a piano concerto for pianist Dwight Peltzer and a ballet for the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre.
Both Ms. Foreman and Mr. Watts will be featured in a book by Sheldon Bart, The 21st Century Five Star Final, about “life in the future and the people in the present who are creating it,” to be published by Hawthorn in the fall of 1980.
Performing and interacting with the installation and the audience will be Christian Singer, former company dancer with Composers and Choreographers Theatre. Mr. Singer performed in Spaces and Signals II at The New School Dance Festival, The Cubiculo Theater, Judson Memorial Church, The Museum of Modern Art, among others.
The artists wish to thank Robert Rauschenberg for his help in making these programs possible.
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