Object Collection is asking for your support for their upcoming opera NO HOTEL, premiering September 2013. All funds donated will go directly to the performers and personnel involved in the opera. This is a matching grant of $2,000 (up to $2,500), so every dollar you contribute will go twice as far!
All production and technical costs have been covered. As anyone involved in experimental performance knows, people are the greatest resource on any project. We are committed to giving as much support as possible to the individuals who will give so much time and energy to make NO HOTEL.
NO HOTEL is an opera performed simultaneously live and on film co-existing side by side. Both the live performance and the film take place within a hotel room constructed onstage. It is a project that bridges music, theater, video, performance, and installation.
A hotel is a suspension and simulation of life. It is a location where an individual’s tastes and eccentricities become subsumed within a uniform aesthetic. It is a bedroom for commerce. It is a place where everyday living has no consequence: you don’t need to clean up after yourself, take out the trash, or worry about bothering your neighbors. A theater is also a suspension of life and a simulation of life. It can be all of the things that a hotel is, but you don't necessarily go there searching for comfort. No Hotel examines the tendency toward theatrical, voyeuristic, and bad behavior within suspended and simulated spaces.
Dramatic scenarios and dialogues collaged from classic hotel films such as Goulding's Grand Hotel, Warhol’s Chelsea Girls, Godard’s Détective, and Fassbinder's Beware of a Holy Whore effectively transform the hotel’s standardized architecture into a space for fictional, spectacle-oriented activity. As the piece progresses, the performers become increasingly radicalized, taking on the dramatic scenarios but exaggerating, dismantling, and finally defiling them. The theater becomes a site of riotous disorder: the ultimate hotel in which life is suspended, but no comfort can be found.
NO HOTEL is collectively conceived by Berlin-based artists Daniel Kötter and Elisa Limberg, and New York-based performance group Object Collection (headed by writer/director Kara Feely and composer Travis Just).
writer/director - Kara Feely
composer - Travis Just
video - Daniel Kötter
set and costume design - Elisa Limberg
production manager - Brendan Regimbal
sound design - Adam Bach
stage manager - Liz Nielsen
assistant stage manager - Aldora Neal
performers - Avi Glickstein, Daniel Allen Nelson, Fulya Peker, Eric Magnus, Tavish Miller
musicians - Josh Lopes, Paula Matthusen, Devin Maxwell, Andie Springer
OBJECT COLLECTION was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. Based in Brooklyn, the group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, experimental music and theater. We are concerned with simultaneity, complexity, and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects and processes. We work to give audiences unconventional viewing experiences through our merging of theatricality and pedestrian activity. Our works upset habitual notions of time, pace, progression and virtuosity. We value accumulation above cohesion.
Object Collection's work has appeared at a variety of theaters, concert venues, galleries, art spaces, and festivals, including Performance Space 122, Chocolate Factory Theater, Prelude Festival, Abrons Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, Ontological Theater, Experimental Intermedia, Issue Project Room, The Stone (New York); Wesleyan University; Podewil/TESLA, KuLe (Germany); Loop-Line, SuperDeluxe, Art Space Tetra (Japan); 15febbraio, Phoebe Zeitgeist Teatro, Medionauta, Caʼ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) and Art Basel (Miami).
Risks and challenges
Self-producing live performance is fraught with challenges and risks, not least of all because of the non-commercial nature of the work. This work lives and dies by individuals who believe that experimental performance is essential to their daily lives. Its existence is never assured and is always threatened by increasing rents and cuts in foundational support, let alone the radical nature and content of this artwork in particular.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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