(Working Through Some Things in Space and Time)
trio of Rob List, movement; Jed Speare, sound; and Nate Speare, voice
Sunday, November 22nd at 4pm
55 Norfolk St.
admission free, donations accepted
The Mobius Artists Group is pleased to welcome WTSTST (Working Through Some Things in Space and Time) the trio of Rob List, Jed Speare and Nate Speare in a movement, sound, and vocal improvisation. They work in their disciplines through each of their materials articulated autonomously, in proximity and collaboration, to realize an outcome together. Improvisation occurs in the moment and transparently reveals its processes in real time, with equanimity gained through responsive leading, following, and supporting. With WTSTST, it can also be approached and perceived as different media on separate planes that operate within their own realms. How these planes meet is a temporary quandary for the audience and performers as an idiosyncratic trajectory ascends and unfolds, declaimed through their actions over time.
Rob List and Jed Speare have worked together in different contexts for over thirty years in San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam and Boston. List is an award-winning choreographer, performer, and educator who was based in Amsterdam for over 25 years. He was a two-time winner of the prestigious Amsterdam Artists Prize, and received subsidies for his Company Ozu, that toured in Holland and Europe. Emphasizing sound and time-based arts, Speare has worked in many media, lived and worked in San Francisco and has performed extensively in Europe. In Boston he has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group for twenty years, and the Director of Mobius and Studio Soto. Nate Speare is a writer, director and performer with a style that focuses on the use of the voice as a sonic instrument as well as an agency for channeling a preternatural, mythopoetic synthesis of mythology, philosophy, psychology, and astrology.
The doors open at 3:30 and the performance will begin shortly after 4:00.
Rob List recently returned to the US after thirty years based in Amsterdam as choreographer, performance artist and teacher. His work has been shown in galleries, museums and theaters throughout Europe as well as in Brazil and the US. After his residency at Parkers Box in Williamsburg in 2010, Claudia La Rocco, dance critic for the NY Times, wrote “Rob List is the sort of artist whose work transfixes, drawing you minute by minute through strange yet familiar terrain; the impulse is always to hold your breath.” Rob presently lives in Berkeley, CA. His current project is IF A TREE, a set of short moving and drawing performances about the Carboniferous Period.
Jed Speare is a multidisciplinary artist who has presented sound art internationally for over thirty years. He is the creator of Cable Car Soundscapes (1982) on Smithsonian Folkways Records, Sound Works 1982-1987 (2008) on the Family Vineyard label, and The Wounds of Returning, Sound Works II 1974-1983 on Farpoint Recordings. He has an extensive background working in other media and in 2008 The Wire magazine called him, “a pioneer of multimedia presentation.“ Over the past twenty years his many projects, performances, and service has been primarily affiliated with Mobius, Studio Soto, New England Phonographers Union, and the American Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Nate Speare is a New York City-based storyteller, teaching artist, mythologist and astrological consultant. His work emphasizes using the human voice as a vehicle for self-empowerment and self-realization. He recently taught with Everyday Arts for Special Education (E.A.S.E), an initiative to integrate artistic curriculum into classrooms for students on the autism spectrum, at Urban Arts Partnership. He also regularly teaches classes in voice and acting at In Motion Dance Center. In 2014, Nate earned his M.F.A. degree in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Nate trained extensively with the Paris-based Pan Theatre, where he received an advanced certificate in Voice Performance, Choreographic Theatre & Cultural Studies, and the Roy Hart International Artistic Centre in southern France where he was selected as an Artist-In-Residence in the summer of 2011. His first solo performance, “We Died of Thirst”, in which he followed Ronald Reagan through an underworld of madness, was named the Talk of the Town Winner of the New England Fringe Festival and was a finalist at The One Festival 2012. Nate recently produced his latest monologue, “Screame” in New York City with co-production of Nettles Artists Collective, his artistic home. He is currently collaborating with master astrologer Montgomery Taylor and the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism on a series entitled “Astro-Dramas: Exploring Conversations with the Archetypes”.
photo credit: Rob List, Jed Speare, and Nate Speare, Working Through Some Things in Space and Time, @Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, MA USA, September 9, 2015. ©Marilyn Arsem