AN EVENING WITH BARBEZ


The Club
March 4 - 6, 2004
Thursday - Saturday 10:00pm

Dan Coates (bass/palm pilot)
Shahzad Ismaily (drums/melodica)
Dan Kaufman (guitar)
Pamelia Kurstin (theremin)
Danny Tunick (marimba/vibes)
& Ksenia Vidyaykina (voice/dance)

also featuring shorts films by John Jesurun


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 troupe.

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.

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