La MaMa and CultureHub have teamed up to create Downtown Variety, which uses emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression and creative connections. Powered by LiveLab, a browser-based media-router CultureHub is developing for networked collaboration between artists, technologists, and audiences.
Peter Case with original music by Roland Macrini, Maura García with Mark Gabriel Little,
Joshua William Gelb, Shauna Davis, Aroji Otieno,
Lisa Müller-Trede with Kris Limbach and Michael Ferreira,
with video art by Split Britches
Peter Case – Aside from my alter ego as a multidimensional superhero named Quiznot the Everywhere I also write, direct and perform. My interest in design, puppetry and making began in childhood and was further developed and encouraged under the guidance of Jun Maeda while working with him at La MaMa. I have directed shows at La MaMa in NYC and have performed with the Great Jones Repertory Company in a number of productions. Since 2002 I have worked with La MaMa Umbria in Italy during the summers. In London I served for six years as an Artistic Associate at Wilton’s Music Hall where I wrote and directed a number of shows including Visions of Tirial and the Daughters of Albion, Love Suicides at Sonezaki and Spinning Machines. I teach at Kingston University in SW London with a focus on devising, object animation, puppetry and acting. I have my MFA from Columbia University. Is that all? It doesn’t seem like very much. Actually, I think there is a lot more, kids and such. What have I been doing these past twenty-two years? Quiznot would know. Xx Peter
Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Shauna Davis is in a serious, but playful relationship with movement. She is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in LA performing in both the commercial/film + concert dance realms. Her works have been performed at the Dallas DanceFest and Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and she has set work at Avant Chamber Ballet and Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! 2020 has awakened a serious urgency within her to share dance and create worlds through movement. www.shaunadavisdance.com
Michael Ferreira is an actor based in Los Angeles. He has been collaborating with Lisa and Kris on numerous projects.
Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a Dancer Choreographer who creates contemporary Indigenous performance. Her work is powered by a desire to perpetuate ancestral knowledge, actively respect the living earth and bring happiness to people. Maura’s artistic creations reflect the power of stories to form and change our realities. Through narrative-driven choreography and beat-embracing movement she seeks to form connections, empower Indigenous cultural values and explore the rhythms of the natural world. Her piece includes music by Mark Gabriel Little, 4mgl.bandcamp.com
Kris Limbach is a sound and visual artist residing in Berlin. In his sound art work he uses film-editing techniques, prepared drums, tape manipulation, no input mixing and a vast amount of raw and processed fieldrecordings. krislimbach.com
Rolando Macrini has worked on many productions, as director and composer, presented both in Italy and abroad. Among others: Il Grande Inquisitore, Hamletmaschine, La Fattoria degli Animali staged in 2003 at La MaMa Theatre of NY, and Galileo (winner project of Giovani Artisti Italiani Award from MIBAC in 2005), realized with Dzinot Theatre (Macedonia), La MaMa of New York and Viterbo University. In 2009, he dedicated part of his effort to Bulgakov’s work, realizing Cuore di Cane and Le Uova Fatali with Ariel Theatre in Romania. As a composer, he wrote many pieces for several theatre plays, and also worked with different bands and music projects. He works at the Teatro Comunale of Teramo (Italy) as Artistic Director of the theatre courses in collaboration with the University of Teramo.
Lisa Müller-Trede is a filmmaker and performance artist interested in the performative dimension of virtuality and the virtual in the live event. lisamuellertrede.de
Aroji Otieno is a playwright, actor, educator and Artistic Director of the BOLD THEATRE-KE.
La MaMa and CultureHub are teaming up to create a Downtown Variety, a weekly online live performance series that will feature short acts of dance, music, theater, new media, comedy, A/V performance, and more. Responding to calls for social isolation, Downtown Variety brings La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance.
Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.