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Brian McCorkle is a composer, performer, and digital artist. In addition to his solo work and with the composer's collective Varispeed, he is the Co-Director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) with Esther Neff. PPL makes large scale performance art operas in addition to duo and small group performances around the world. PPL also operates a space for experimental music and performance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
These are some excerpts from operas composed with and for the Panoply Performance Laboratory:
Any Size Mirror is a Dictator
The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel
On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians
Panoply Performance Laboratory is a space but it is also a collective and the moniker for work by Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle.
WE PERFORM FOR YOU/YOU PERFORM FOR US the civil war Embarazo of/with ya __a homebase durational performance and colloquium__ http://www.panoplylab.org/
Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) is unbounded by discipline or field, we collect ourselves around processes, theorizing social systems, ideological structures, modes of production, and epistemic genealogies via actions, relational constructs, images, music, noise, texts, interactions, video, and objects. Past projects have included a durational diner, a silviculture museum, happenings, full-length operas, workshops, solo and duo actions, conferences, concerts, gallery exhibitions, and large-scale collaborative works of constructional institutional critique. Often focusing on conflicts between individualism and collectivity, PPL’s engagements have included residencies across from the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street through LMCC, and at LPAC, University Settlement, and in other spaces across social spheres. Projects have been hosted by Glasshouse, Grace Exhibition Space, The Brick Theater, the cell, Dixon Place, Silent Barn, IV Soldiers, English Kills, AUNTS, several chashama spaces, Casita Maria, Bronx Arts Space, and Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics (to name a few in NYC) and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, University of Kentucky, Ohio State, LA GALERIA at Villa Victoria (Boston), The Lemp (St. Louis), 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA), Charlotte Street’s La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City), Gruntaler9, ACUD, KuLe Theater, and BLO Atelier (Berlin), The Pumpehuset (Copenhagen), and many festivals, fairs, public sites, and other contexts.
Bushwick Open Studios at Panoply Performance Laboratory FORENSICS OF THE FUTURE DAY TWO: SELF AND IMPROVISATION
From 2pm-7pm, there will be installations by resident artists Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle, in addition to the PPL store.
Beginning at 7pm, there will be solo performances by Ryan Ferreira, Daniel Blake, and others TBA, culminating in a new quartet formed by trumpet player Brad Henkel with Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper on Basses and Carlo Costa on Drums. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE
9 artists from each city have sent performance scores across the sea to be performed respectively in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Brooklyn, USA. Most performances on the Brooklyn end will be shown on Friday night, March 22. A few of the performances require outdoor travel, a longer time period, and the like, and will be scheduled for Saturday, March 23, and beyond.
Edinburgh performances of the Brooklyn artists' scores will be shown via livestream also on March 22. In Brooklyn, the performing artists will be...: Sherry Alberti Ivy Castellanos Christen Clifford Richard Kamerman Jon Konkol Valerie Kuehne Courtney Leigh Novak Anya Liftig (livestream from Kentucky) Brian McCorkle
In Edinburgh, the performing artists will be: Sarah Boulton Sian Robinson Davies Jessica Dunleavy Harry Giles James Harding Marcus O'Shea Anthony Schrag Angelika Sikorska-Mazur Cate Smith $5 suggested donation drinks available
Double the Birthday, Grow a third Arm. JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE.
Household Tales - If Edward Hopper and Edward Gorey played a game of Scrabble and it turned into a lost child, they would name it Household Tales. With William Lea and David Redbranch on guitars/vocals, Sean Ali on bass, Tim Shortle on drums. https://www.facebook.com/householdtales
Theodore Robinson - aka Leland Wulff aka Suspensers, pusher of the finest acid-country tunes heard in an age, plus a damn fine performer to boot.
The Resident Artists of PPL (Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, B.J. Dini, Simon Seapony, Valerie Kuehne - http://panoplylab.org/estherneff/ http://panoplylab.org/brianmccorkle/ http://vimeo.com/user4156514
Michael Durek - NYC's favorite theremin-toting-festival-organizing-cosmic-collaborator weaving a saucy blend of pulsitile, structured, yet free electronic music making use of synths, theremins, and sampled sounds recorded from Durek’s everyday life http://michaeldurek.com/wp/
Matt Dallow - outlaw accordionist busker extraordinaire, the heavens will rattle, and you may need another drink for this one. https://www.facebook.com/MattDallowMusic?ref=ts&fref=ts
Raymond Todd - Poetry
MORE TBA Streaming KITTEN VIDEOS all night LONG. donations collected for the show will go towards adopting a resident kitten at PPL!
A night of duo musical performances at Panoply Performance Laboratory: Men Are Just Desserts
Men Are Just Desserts is a semi-spontaneous series of bromantic one-night flings. Bassist and tuba player Jason Anastasoff creates duos with some of the hottest men in the improvising music scene, which have included Devin Gray, Sean Ali, Nathaniel Morgan, Peter Hanson and Dave Ruder in the past (and possibly the future if they play their cards right).
Five Dollar Ferrari (Brad Henkel and Dustin Carlson)
Uptown Girls (Cory Bracken/Joe White)
$5-15 suggested donation
Amid all of the APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) festivals and conference elements, PERFORMANCY FORUM is nothing but an empty room in which 7 artists present their current work and then discuss their processes of practical transition including developing consistent ways of working as a mature artist, getting a sense of 'oeuvre' and core concerns, framing and explaining what the work deals with, production, marketing, and media structures, and of course, the daily work of making being a performance artist a feasible existence.
Sylva Dean + Me http://sylvadeanandme.com/
Joseph Keckler http://www.josephkeckler.com/
Valerie Kuehne http://www.soundcloud.com/zolaleverkuhn
Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff (PPL) http://www.panoplylab.org/
Anya Liftig http://www.anyaliftig.com/
Dave Ruder http://www.daveruder.com/
Elinor Thompson http://www.ellieevelyn.com/
6 performances and roundtable discussion free and open to the public, beer for a suggested donation Self-reflexive performativity comprises PERFORMANCY FORUM as a platform for performance work: part critical thinktank, part performance series, and part community gathering, this installment will take place in Brooklyn, NY at Panoply Performance Laboratory.