Autumn Knight will present Futz: A Research Method which serves as a performance lab and transmedia installation. Performances will feature dancers, musicians, mental health workers, educators, and other performance artists to respond to a series of sub-hypothesis regarding dualism, devils, psychodynamic theory and other ideas.
Next Performances will take place on Saturday, December 28, 8:00PM
All Performances and Dates (*All performances will take place at 2513 Holman St., Houston, TX)
Roach Dance & Lament: Saturday, October 27, 3-5 PM
Roach Dance & Lament: Sunday, November 4, 6-8 PM
Hands In Your Lap: Saturday, November 24, 3-5 PM
Hands In Your Lap: Sunday, November 25, 3-5 PM
La Querelle Des Monstres: Saturday, December 8, 7 PM
Portobelo: Food, Humor, Movement: Friday, December 21, 8:30 PM
Lecture on Afro-Latin Performance Art by Denise Frazier, PhD: Saturday, December 22, 12 PM
El Diablo El Cristo Negro: Friday, December 28, 8 PM
El Diablo El Cristo Negro: Saturday, December 29, 8 PM
El Diablo El Cristo Negro
EL DIABLO Y EL CRISTO NEGRO, a text-based performance, is a work in progress. Autumn Knight created this text while at Taller Portobelo Norte Artist Residency in Portobelo, Panama in 2012. These pieces are influenced by Portobelo’s Black Christ Festivals and the mythology of the region which features the Devil as a pivotal figure. Maurice Duhon and Phillip Pyle will perform along with Autumn Knight.
Portobelo: Food, Humor, Movement
PORTOBELO: Food, Humor, Movement is a performance piece that revisits the work Autumn Knight created in while in residency at Taller Portobelo Norte Art Residency in Portobelo, Panama during the summer of 2012. This performance centers on Knight’s experience of being immersed in Afro-Latin culture for the first time and drawing parallels between North and Central American African Diasporic expressions of humor, movement and relationships with food. Denise Frazier will perform with Autumn Knight.
La Querelle Des Monstres
La Querelle Des Monstres is a multi-media performance that examines the presence of duality and the many forms it takes in our lives. Using conjoined twin culture as a reference, performers Autumn Knight and Megan Jackson physically work through the inseparable nature of intimate relationships.
Hands In Your Lap:
90 min performance
Hands in Your Lap is an interactive performance examining the way individuals introduce live art and performance to students in public and private schools. This experience reflects on artistic, cultural, and institutional challenges for schools in position of art presenter. As a performer touring in schools, Knight has found that audience etiquette begins as preparation for engagement with art but subtly resembles disciplinary practices found in prison culture. This performance seeks to investigate these moments of comedic and scary tension between administrators, teachers, and students that ultimately govern future relationships with art, create complicated power hierarchies, and creates systems of value for the self and the outside world.
video, sound collage, choreography, text
Roach Dance is a meditation on lack of control and mental health. The source of vulnerability for the subject in this piece is the constant and overwhelming threat of the roach-a prehistoric creature, terrifying to many, friend of none. The subject is nearly driven mad as she shifts between contemplating the roach as an existential symbol and the hopeless fear engendered by perpetually reincarnated pests.
Choreographer/Performer: Autumn Knight
Text: Lucille Clifton/Autumn Knight
Sound Collage: Autumn Knight, Max Roach, YouTube
Hair: Tyres Donnett
live vocals, recorded sound, movement + choreography
Lament is a reworking/restaging of Napoleon Street, a movement piece performed last year. Lament is an examination of movement that is coded with different languages of class, addiction and mental/physical ability. The movement is a singular discussion held within one body discerning the possibilities, disappointments, realities and triumphs of physical ability.
Performer: Abijan Johnson
Choreography: Autumn Knight
Vocals: Lisa E. Harris
Music: “Lonnie’s Lament” by Trepverter (Finland) /John Coltrane
Installation: Autumn Knight