2013 NAKED STAGES
December 5 - 7, and 12- 14, at 7:30 p.m.
3 Figures$ by Emily Zimmer, Dec. 5, 7, 12, & 14
A Great Lakes Vista by Moheb Soliman, Dec. 6, 7, 13, & 14
Habeas Corpus* by Zainab Musa Dec. 5, 6, 12, & 13
Post-show discussions with the artists will happen on Saturday, December 7 and Friday, December 13.
*WARNING: Habeas Corpus performances include nudity.
All tickets are Pick Your Price. Pay whatever price you want, anytime. (Regular price = $15)
Buy tickets online or call 612-825-0459.
2013 NAKED STAGES ARTISTS
Disaster doesn’t trickle down. It crashes. 3 Figure$
uses three characters to explore the economic melt down of the 2008 financial crisis. Read More»
Part poetry, part performance, part installation, A Great Lakes Vista
is based on writing and images from a journey along the entire Great Lakes coastline, exploring the boundaries of nature and culture and the power of place in identity. Read More»
uses space and sound, darkness and light, body and sense, to explore the contours of the theater space, the audiences’ expectations and the performer’s body and to play with the tension between physical health and decay. Read More»
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The 2013 Naked Stages artists are Emily Zimmer, Moheb Soliman, and Zainab Musa. Zainab has worked internationally as an actor as well as with local companies like Mixed Blood and Sandbox Theatre. Moheb is a poet and interdisciplinary artist new to Minnesota by way of Montreal and Egypt. Emily Zimmer is a regular performer on the Open Eye Figure Theatre stage as well as with Frank Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company. Read more…
Artist Applications for the 2013 Naked Stages Program are now available. Read more…
2014 NAKED STAGES
December 4 - 13, 2014
WHAT IS ?
Pillsbury House Theatre, with support from the Jerome Foundation, seeks to provide a mentorship opportunity for emerging performance artists in Minnesota.
Three emerging artists, funded by the Jerome Foundation, use multiple media, puppetry, storytelling, satire, and movement to present their work to the public.
A creative opportunity unlike any other in Minnesota, Naked Stages
is the culmination of a 7 month training fellowship that provides four emerging performance artists with the time, resources, and mentorship they need to bring their distinctive visions to life on stage. In addition to regular feedback sessions, the artists participate in workshops with local creators like Hijack and Pramila Vasudevan, as well as more intensive workshops with nationally-renowned artist Sharon Bridgforth. Once a month, they also participate in production meetings focused on the business side of art, from audience development to technical support, helping to develop their unique voice into a sustainable, artistic career.
performances are the final step of a multi-layered program designed to empower artists to be their most bold and creative and to challenge artists and audiences alike to push past their previous boundaries.
What is Performance Art?
Below is a summary adapted from the essay "Fluid Landscapes," by Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine.
“Performance Art is not a singular form of art, but an umbrella term for work that pushes the boundaries of diverse disciplines. Disrupting borders, breaking rules, defying traditions, resisting definition, asking questions and activating audiences, Performance Art is a research engine where the limits of art and ideas are tested and new possibilities imagined.”
2012 NAKED STAGES ARTISTS
Ahanti Young brings our culture’s invisible people to life using comedy, music, dance, and poetry—to reveal the specific humanity underneath the stereotypes. What is the face that you hide your true self behind? Read More»
In the world of an airline baggage handler, TSA patdowns, labor rights disputes, terror alert levels, and jet fuel surround the lowly laborer. Bagman combines live music, masked characters, storytelling, and projected images to reveal the chaos of a life where days flow between brutal acts and dreamlike flight. Read More»
Performance artist Jeffry Lusiak weaves questions of assimilation within queer identity into a visually-arresting, dynamic collage of live performance and layered video projection to create a bold and unsettling world of high heels, pop culture, violence, desire, shame, and love. Read More»
Welcome to Devon’s world. Love him or hate him, once you’ve seen him lose himself in this fantasy world of dreams, joys, failures, and self-discovery—full of movement, video, lighting effects, and pop songs—you’ll understand that he’s just looking for love like everyone else. Can he make himself worthy? Read More»
2011 NAKED STAGES ARTISTS
A CIA operative, pilot of an unmanned aerial vehicle, a drone, bombs targets in South Asia while struggling to be a good father and a husband. Video, mime, shadow puppetry, dance, and acrobatics combine in a pageant of stunning images set to original pop music fashioned after today’s top-40 hits. Read More»
We All Died and Came Back Easier is a mashup of gay cultural history through installation, image and movement, swallowed, digested, and spit back up by a post-Stonewall homo. Performed by Max Wirsing, Dustin Maxwell and Nick LeMere. Read More»
What do you do with facts that haunt you? How does the body reconcile trauma and hope? Moe Lionel travels from the depths of a swimming pool in L.A. to a bathtub full of ice in Minneapolis, mapping genealogies of violence, masculinity, and whiteness held in his body. Read More»
A tall Argentine leaves his mother land to come to the U.S. and discovers that changing the language you speak might change who you are. Don’t Cry For Me uses satire, movement, and storytelling to explore connections between language and identity. Performed by Paulino Brener. Directed by Dario Tangelson. Read More»
2010 NAKED STAGES ARTISTS
This African-American transgender woman lives life balanced on a tightrope. A truly multi-media experience, "Body Parts" uses video and visual art, movement and music and monologue to express and explore the dual nature of the human body. Read More»
A “rite of return” about the right of return. "The Hebrew Lesson" is performed with live music and weaves myth, history, and personal narrative into the story of a thwarted journey to deliver an ancestor’s ashes to a homeland perverted by conflict. Read More»
In the midst of a medical demonstration, the patient’s heart jumps up and runs across the room. "Your Heart is in My Mouth" takes a daughter on a carnival ride with puppets and shadow projections through her father's life and deeper into their relationship. Read More»
Climb aboard the USS Illusion as it cuts across the Trail of Tears. "Methods of Mass Deception" reimagines historical tragedies through the surreal lenses of modern media, using spoken word, movement, and satire to sail to the center of America’s affliction of entitlement. Read More»
2009 NAKED STAGES ARTISTS
A braided journey through inner realms, “outré dimensions”, and points betwixt the two, with a certain fluid integrity being its ultimate destination. Read More»
A short collection of lectures on gravity, relativity and escaping the depths of your own bullshit, using cardboard models of unquantifiable reality. Read More»
Kelley’s journey for self-approval invites the audience to explore their shared vulnerabilities by encouraging full audience participation. Read More»
what do I get from my father? what am I offering my son? where do I place sex on the continuum? and how do I not bind myself in a facade of goodness in the meantime? Read More»
All 2010 Naked Stages artist photos by Craig VanDerSchaegen
. 2009 and 2011 photos by Ann Marsden.