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PRELUDE Festival 2023



Carl Hancock Rux, Mabou Mines

Theater, Multimedia, Performance Art


20 minutes

7:30PM EST

Friday, October 13, 2023

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Etudes can be considered part tribunal of evidence — guided and constrained by the statutory powers of the “Interrogator” — and part ritualistic psychodynamic investigation of a sovereign polity toward emotional and restorative justice involving a collective of accused citizenry. This new multimedia performance in development by Carl Hancock Rux, with dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke, creates a philosophical convening of characters engaged in a recalling of crimes against humanity and its effect on their personal, historical and psychological development - as they endeavor a world of racial healing and sustainable equity as emotional justice, and a new racial healing language to help us do our emotional work. This emotional work means unlearning the language and varying rituals of whiteness - a narrative that centers white people, particularly white men, no matter the deadly cost and consequence to all women and to global Black and Brown people.

Development support for this piece has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Venturous Theater Fund, a fund of Tides Foundation.

Content / Trigger Description:

Carl Hancock Rux (writer/performer) is an American poet, award-winning playwright, novelist, essayist, recording artist, actor, theater director, radio journalist, published author, and a frequent collaborator in the fields of film, modern dance, and contemporary art. The New York Times heralded Rux as "a breathlessly inventive multimedia artist." Rux is the author of several books including the Village Voice Literary Prize-winning collection of poetry, Pagan Operetta, the novel, Asphalt, and the Obie Award-winning play, Talk. His music has been released internationally on several labels including Sony/550, Thirsty Ear, and Giant Step. Rux is also Associate Artistic Director/Curator-in-Residence at Harlem Stage. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Doris Duke Award for New Works, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Prize, the Bessie Award, the Alpert Award in the Arts, and a 2019 Global Change Maker award by Rux is also an associate artist with Compagnia de Colombari (an experimental theater company founded by Karin Coonrod); a Multidisciplinary Editor to the Mass Review at UMass Amherst; Yale University Hayden Fellow; an Associate & Advisory Artist at the Billie Holiday Theater and an Associate Artist with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where, most recently, he has created several multidisciplinary works; Inaugural Performing & Associate Artist at Joe's Pub at the Joseph Papp Public Theater; a member of the New York Historic Landmarks Preservation Center; Faculty Emeritus at the California Institute of the Arts and Distinguished Faculty Member at Hollins University. Rux's archives are housed at the Billy Rose Theater Division of the New York Public Library and the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, and the Film and Video/Theater and Dance Library of the California Institute of the Arts.

Jocelyn Clarke (dramaturg) is a freelance dramaturg and writer. He is currently Theatre Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland and dramaturg at the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage in D.C. He has taught dramaturgy at the John Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin. He was the Commissioning and Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre for four years, and lead theatre critic with The Sunday Tribune for nine years. He is an associate artist with The Civilians in New York, and he is a member of the artistic staff of the Sundance Institute’s Theatre Lab. He has worked as a dramaturg on several productions by The Blue Raincoat Theatre in Sligo, and has written five adaptations for the company – ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE THIRD POLICEMAN, AT SWIM TWO BIRDS and THE POOR MOUTH. He has written six plays for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company – BOB, ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND, ROOM, SCORE, ANTIGONE, and TROJAN WOMEN (AFTER EURIPIDES). His productions for children and young people include an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and David McKean’s graphic novel THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR A GOLDFISH, THE LITTLE DEER, THE CRIMSON FLY & THE SWAN CHILDREN for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and FINN for Mabou Mines in New York.

Mabou Mines is an artist-driven experimental theater collective generating original works and re-imagined adaptations of classics. Work is created through multi-disciplinary, technologically inventive collaborations among its members and a wide world of contemporary filmmakers, composers, writers, musicians, choreographers, puppeteers and visual artists. Mabou Mines fosters the next generation of artists through mentorship and residencies. The company was born out of the influences and inspirations of Europe’s seminal avant-garde theater collectives. Before arriving in New York in 1970, the would-be ensemble of Mabou Mines spent five years in Europe observing and studying the working methods of the Berliner Ensemble, the politics of the exiled Living Theater and the demands of physical training with Jerzy Grotowski. Since that time, Mabou Mines has created more than 120 works, including “The Lost Ones,” “Mabou Mines Lear, “ “Peter and Wendy,” “Mabou Mines DollHouse,” and “La Divina Caricatura” and “Lucia’s Chapters,” and has been honored with more than 100 major awards, among them 20 OBIEs, including for General Excellence & Sustained Achievement, MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, France’s Chevalier Des Artes et Lettres, The Edwin Booth Award, Edinburgh’s Golden Herald Angel Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship, the Elliot Norton Award, three USA Fellowships and many, many more. The current co-Artistic Directors include Karen Kandel, Mallory Catlett, Carl Hancock Rux and Sharon Ann Fogarty., @carlhancockrux,,, @maboumines

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