To Fail as No Other Dare: Imperfection in the Creative Process
Accidents. Incoherence. Miscalculations. Errors of judgment. In the mythology of America’s entrepreneurs, failure is just a laudable step on the path to inevitable success. Artists in the same economy take a less sentimental view. This panel invites leading performance makers to discuss how they think about and engage endemic failure.
Participants: John Collins (Artistic Director, Elevator Repair Service), Sibyl Kempson (Playwright), and Brian Rogers (The Chocolate Factory Theater).
Moderated by Antje Oegel and Tom Sellar.
John Collins founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then, he has directed or co-directed all of the company’s productions. John is the recipient of a 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and a 2011 United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship. John received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for ERS’s production of Gatz. Other notable ERS projects include The Sound and the Fury, Arguendo, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) and Fondly, Collette Richland (a new play by Sibyl Kempson). His writing about theater and sound design can be found in the books Theatre Noise: The Sound of Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2011) and Encountering Ensemble (Methuen Drama, 2013).
Sibyl Kempson’s plays have been presented in the United States, Germany, and Norway. She launched the 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. in April 2015 at the Martin E. Segal Center. Current projects include 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, a 3-year cycle of rituals for the new Whitney Museum of American Art, a new in-ear opera with David Lang for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston for 2018, to be performed by vocal group Roomful of Teeth and pianist Stephen Drury, and, with 7 Daughters of Eve: The Securely Conferred, Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S./ Sasquatch Rituals at Abrons Arts Center, Mt. Tremper Arts, and at a TBD NYC venue in 2017/18. Several Ibsen adaptations and translations are in the works, as well as a resurrection of From The Pig Pile: The Requisite Guestures(s) Of Narrow Approach in Austin, New Orleans and maybe NYC.
Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theatre
Brian Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music and multimedia performances at its 5,000 sq ft facility in LIC, Queens. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale performances at The Chocolate Factory and elsewhere including Hot Box (September 2012, co-presented with FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival / January 2013, PS122′s COIL Festival / February 2013, EMPAC Center), the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory (2010/11), redevelop (death valley) (2009), 2 Husbands (2007), Gun Play (2006), Audit (2004), and Fundamental (2002).In addition to his own work, Brian curates The Chocolate Factory’s Visiting Artist Program (now in its 11th year) which supports the work of more than 100 theater, dance, music and multimedia artists each year.
Upcoming: PS122, Summer 2017