Rite of the Butcher

Still from a video mix by Manuel de la Portilla

Urban Research Theater


Rite of the Butcher
Created and Performed by Ben Spatz
Video Design and Mixing by Manuel de la Portilla

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

Rite of the Butcher is a visceral fable about the power of fantasy, as told by the Butcher—refugee, criminal, shaman—through poetry, martial dance, and folk songs in an invented language. A fictional memoir, a parable, and a warning, this interdisciplinary monologue opens new doors for solo performance by combining abstract imagery with highly crafted physical and vocal performance to engage the bitingly contemporary themes of war and loss, violence and mourning.

Ben Spatz is Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Research Theater. With Maximilian Balduzzi, he created and performed in PLAYWAR and THEATRICALE. Ben has taught and led workshops at Theaterlab, Culture Push, Earthdance, Yale University, the Institute for Arts and Psychotherapy, and the City University of New York. Ben was an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research (2010-2012) and is currently a LEIMAY Black Studio-Share Artist at CAVE.

Manuel de la Portilla designs video and projections for live performances, ranging from theater to music to dance. Manuel has also VJed for ?uestlove of The Roots, Paul Oakenfold, and many other bands and DJs. For theater, he designed for Amigo Duende (R.Evolucíon Latina) and Happily After Tonight (Five Dollar Bill).

The intrepid artistic space and interdisciplinary ensemble LEIMAY operates in Brooklyn since 1996.  LEIMAY develops and tours new and existing individual and collaborative creations by its directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya; stimulates dialogue on contemporary performance and installation art; develops LEIMAY’s Ludus Training; and offers studio, living, and performing space for emerging and established artists; LEIMAY's endeavors take place at their home, CAVE, located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as well as at other venues in New York, the Americas, and beyond.

Please join us for an post-show conversation entitled: Interdisciplinary Performance: Process and Creation.  The conversation will feature artists of LEIMAY's community including Rachel Cohen, Maximialn Balduzzi, Jeremy Goren, and Sabrina Lastman. Moderated by Ximena Garnica.

Rite of the Butcher is produced by Urban Research Theater and presented in collaboration with LEIMAY as part of SOAK: A deluge of acts and training.


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