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PRELUDE Festival 2023


Spider Rabbit

Dan Safer/Tony Torn

Theater, Multimedia



7:30PM EST

Saturday, October 14, 2023

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

an in-process performance of Michael McClure's absurdist anti war"gargoyle cartoon." Directed by Dan Safer. With Tony Torn as "Spider Rabbit", and Lee Ann Brown as "A Vision."

Content / Trigger Description:

Grand-guignol style cartoon violence

Dan Safer is the Artistic Director of dance/theater company Witness Relocation ( and has directed/ choreographed all of their shows, ranging from fully scripted plays (including world premieres by Chuck Mee, and an English language premiere by Toshiki Okada) to original dance/theater pieces, to many things in between, all over the place, from the back rooms of bars in NYC to Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris to a giant leaky warehouse at a dance festival in Poland where a light fell off the grid halfway thru a show and almost killed him. WR is a resident company at LaMama in NYC. Dan recently choreographed “Jedermann”, at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. His work has been at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace, Les Subsistances (Lyon, France), and many other places. In 2011, he choreographed Stravinsky's RITE OF SPRING for Philadelphia Orchestra with Obie-winners Ridge Theater. Artforum Magazine called him "pure expressionistic danger" and Time Out NY called him "a purveyor of lo-fi mayhem.” He has choreographed plays, fashion shows, operas, music videos, films, flash mobs and more, got kicked out of high school for a year, used to be a go-go dancer, and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand’s Birthday Party.

Tony Torn is an actor and director with over a hundred professional credits in film, television and theater since 1985. Recently he was featured on stage in Bedlam's FALL RIVER FISHING, Mabou Mines' MUD/DROWNING and DOM JUAN at Bard's Fisher Center. Tony is known for working extensively with experimental theater makers Reza Abdoh and Richard Foreman, as the founding director for Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, playing Rusty Trawler in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway opposite Emilia Clark, and creating and starring in Ubu Sings Ubu with Dan Safer. He manages Torn Page, a private event space named in honor of his parents Rip Torn and Geraldine Page.

@dansafer, @t0nyt0rn

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