Photographs from the Church of the Rough Guide at OTO last night are now up at Flicker. Yes, some people ate the shrimp off the walls.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
On May 9, from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is please to present “Church of the Rough Guide”, a new installation by Nick Lesley and Eben Lillie. “Church of the Rough Guide” continues the themes and characters found in recent their performance “Rough Guide to the Grotesque”.
“Church of the Rough Guide” is devoted to the lessons of the “Rough Guide to the Grotesque” as written by the great travel writer, Boreas. “Rough Guide to the Grotesque” is a tall tale that depicts an idealistic hero whose principles live on in all of us today. On a quest for love and companionship he faced many dangers. He was deceived by a false idol of love and engaged in a battle of sexual appetites with his apparent soul mate, Sophia of the Forest. He died tragically shortly after finding happiness in joining the Caridea tribe; a juicy, fleshy commune. The story contains lessons of love, comradery, lust, and community which are valuable to us all.
The performance of “Rough Guide to the Grotesque” was made possible with the help of the cast, The Living Theatre, Materials for the Arts, and the House of Yes (RIP). The work premiered at The Living Theatre in April of 2008.
Eben grew up in the East Village of New York City. He is an apprentice of the performing arts. His background is in music and he has been composing beats, songs and instrumental music for years. He received his BA in Music from University of New Hampshire. Thanks to the Brooklyn College MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, and his natural evolution. Eben is also exploring puppetry, acting, writing, dance, theatre, visual art, mythology, folklore, and anthropology.
Nick is a multimedia artist and musician. Much of his work focuses on physical relationships to sound and art experience. He regularly performs improvised music, primarily playing percussion and electronics. Nick has also created interactive sound and video installations as well as music for a number of dance pieces. He will complete his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College in the Spring of 2008. He holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego (2001) in Film and Video, Media Arts with a minor in Music Technology. Nick hopes to develop in his work a better fusion of interactive video and music in performance.