|Barbez is a Brooklyn-based punk chamber ensemble
that began in 1997 with members whose backgrounds encompass jazz, classical,
and rock. Barbez is a vibrant part of the New York music scene, and has
shared the stage with such great artists as Cat Power, Godspeed You Black
Emperor!, The Lonesome Organist, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Shelley Hirsch,
Faun Fables and Devendra Banhart.
The group's website reads, "Barbez takes shape in a sunstruck phantasm;
Kurt Weill swims the length of a still pond, underwater The Residents
are refurbishing their home, Erik Satie descends from above to lie in
the grass and sip seltzer. Shapes emerge from flowering trees and a Dionysian
wedding dance ensues. Provoked by such musics as French musette, Argentine
tango, post-war classical and pre-MTV punk, Barbez wrings these disparate
worlds to form anew in the band's own soundscape."
Ksenia Vidyaykina dances in the second part of the bill. She is a Russian-born
dancer-actress-singer-costume designer who began her career in performance
at the State Theatre Arts Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a teen-ager.
She also appeared with the Do-Theatre, a Butoh-inspired Russian troupe,
and the Formalny Theatre, a Grotowski influenced St. Petersburg company.
IN 1999, she studied at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC) in
Arnheim, Holland, where she created and performed her first solo dance-theatre
piece, WORK. Later that year, she relocated to San Francisco and immediately
began dancing with the inkBoat company, an internationally renowned Butoh
Since coming to New York in 2000, she has danced with Yoshiko Chuma's
School of Hard Knocks at he Altogether Different festival at the Joyce
Theater. Last winter, Ksenia danced in Cathy Weiss' Electric Haiku at
Dance Theatre Workshop. Reviewing the production, the New York Times described
Vidyaykina's "ravishing solo in white light" as "the highlight
of the piece." Last summer, her solo piece, "Trapped,"
performed at the FringeNYC festival, a production of The Present Company,
received the Excellence Award in Choreography and The Village Voice wrote
"Vidyaykina possesses hypnotic physical and directorial powers, and
impressively held forth". She appeared last fall as an actress and
singer in John Jesurun's "Chang in a Void Moon" at La MaMa.
As a costume designer, she worked for several years at the Yvette Helin
Studio in Brooklyn, designing costumes for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Broadway
shows such as the Lion King.
The evening will also feature a selection of short films by MacArthur-winning
stage director John Jesurun, who began his artistic career as a filmmaker
and has been making films throughout his career in theater.