The Angola Project
Jeremy Xido / CABULA6 (USA/AUSTRIA)
The Angola Project playfully straddles the worlds of live performance and filmmaking – constructing a movie in real time from fragments of film and narrative, only to have it crumble into disarray. A trilogy of solo performances tearing apart the tradition of Travel Lectures from the 19th century, Jeremy Xido leads the audience on a very personal journey into real-life attempts to finance a film and confront the truth of mortality.
Creators Igor Dobricic, Claudia Heu and Jeremy Xido
Performer Jeremy Xido
Live Trigger Programmer Ryan Holsopple
“The marvelously quixotic attempt of an artist trying to figure out what he wants to say and how best to say it…” – The New York Times
Each part is 60 minutes. Full Trilogy runs 3 hours with 1 hour dinner break.
The Invisible Dog Art Center:
51 Bergen St., Brooklyn
$20 / $15 Students & Seniors
$25 Full Trilogy
CABULA6, voted Company of the Year 2009 by Europe’s prestigious Ballettanz cultural magazine and awarded Outstanding Artist 2010 by the Austrian Ministry of Culture, is an internationally acclaimed performance and film company led by artistic co-directors Claudia Heu and Jeremy Xido. The company has presented work around Europe, the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa. Their work overwhelmingly focuses on the border between reality and fiction and the uneasy dialogue between a person’s private sense of identity and its dynamic reception in a broader social context. They search out non-traditional performance spaces that make it possible to walk the line between what is “real” and what is constructed and which can bring audience members face to face with their assumptions and expectations about who they are and with whom they live. CABULA6’s work ranges from stage pieces, to site-specific works, to films, to projects of social intervention. They are dedicated to principles of delight, humor, investigation, and jolts of adrenalin.
The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October, 2009, a raw space in a vast converted factory building with a charmed history and an open-ended mission: to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center. Over the last two years, over 50,000 people have attended our events: visual art exhibits; dance, theater, and music performances; film screenings; literary arts and poetry readings; lectures; community events; and more.
Long-term collaborations with artists are integral to The Invisible Dog’s mission, which is to create not only a new kind of art center, but also a new kind of artistic community. The Invisible Dog brings together artists of all career stages, offering them unique opportunities for involvement. Over the last two years, the art center has evolved organically, developing with and alongside its diverse roster of collaborators.
Neither a commercial gallery nor a concept-driven non-profit, The Invisible Dog has a unique role in the New York arts scene. It has become a place where artists working in all media can do things they wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else in New York. The Invisible Dog’s core values of experimentation and collaboration are kept in view throughout the curatorial process, and as a result, our artists are freer and more autonomous than is typical.
The building at 51 Bergen Street is integral to The Invisible Dog’s identity. Built in the late 1800s, the 30,000 square-foot building housed working factories until the 1990s, when the last factory shut down, and the detritus from 100 years of industry was left to rot. The building was unused until 2008, when it was discovered by Lucien Zayan. The last factory, which made belts, had a hit in the 1960s with the “invisible dog” party trick, which gave the nascent art center its name.
he Invisible Dog Art Center is located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn and is accessible by the F and G subways. This cool and calm region on the northwest side of Brooklyn is home to roughly 20,000 residents. Invisible Dog Art Center sits one block from Dean Street and two blocks from Atlantic Avenue, both boasting a plethora of bars and restaurants.
Boerum Hill claims a trendy stretch of Smith Street as its own, and small cafes and stores are dotted throughout the neighborhood’s interior, like the restaurant Building on Bond and the Brooklyn Circus boutique. Some staff picks include: 61 Local, just next door at 61 Bergen Street! Hancos, 85 Bergen St & 134 Smith Street (2 locations); Bar Tabac, 128 Smith Street; Van Leeuwen, 81 Bergen Street; Bien Cuit, 120 Smith Street; Van Horn Sandwich Shop, 231 Court Street; Ki Sushi, 122 Smith Street.
The Angola Project is co-commissioned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) with the generous support of Cinereach and the Jerome Foundation. The Angola Project was created in part during residencies at EMPAC (Troy), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York), Transforma (Portugal), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), Workspace Brussels, Maria Matos Theater (Portugal), ImPulsTanz (Vienna) and Dance New Amsterdam (New York).