La MaMa in association with Collapsable Giraffe presents the World Premiere of Object Collection’s Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3
Brooklyn-based ensemble Object Collection, “one of the essential voices in New York’s contemporary theater scene” (BOMB), returns to La MaMa with its newest work, Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3, based on legendary French film director Éric Rohmer’s 1980s film cycle Comédies et Proverbes about love and desire. Directed by Kara Feely, with music and text composed by Travis Just, Look Out Sh!^head Episode 3 reignites Object Collection’s signature maximalist aesthetic in a kaleidoscopic surge of 21st-century disembodied romance.
Following two streamed, filmed episodes, Episode 3 features a cast of live actors maneuvering among hallucinatory projected bodies. Its dizzying text derives from applying music composition techniques to the original film scripts, creating a dialogue of bizarre innuendo and mysterious word formulae as hilariously absurd as it is resonant. Let’s talk about love, again, again, and again.
Directed by Kara Feely
Text and Music Composed by Travis Just
Performed by Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Alessandro Magania, Daniel Allen Nelson, Nicolás Noreña, James Oldham, and Timothy Scott
Musicians: John Hastings (processed piano) and Travis Just (woodwinds and computer)
Film performers: Elena Russo Arman, Francesco Gagliardi, Alenka Kraigher, Alessandra Novaga, and Fulya Peker
Scenic Design by Peiyi Wong
Lighting by Kate McGee
Film and Video by David Pym
Stage Manager Emily Bubeck
Assistant Director Britt Berke
Object Collection was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. The Brooklyn-based group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, music, and theater. They are concerned with simultaneity, complexity, and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects, and processes. They work to give audiences unconventional viewing experiences through a merging of theatricality and pedestrian activity. The company’s works upset habitual notions of time, pace, progression, and virtuosity, and value accumulation above cohesion.
Object Collection performances can take the shape of large-scale performance projects, experimental operas, and duo performances. Object Collection has premiered six original operas. Their work has toured to Norway, Denmark, the UK, Japan, Canada, Italy, and the US. Object Collection’s pieces have appeared in New York at La MaMa, Performance Space 122, Ontological Theater at St. Mark’s Church, National Sawdust, Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Arts Center, Invisible Dog Art Center, Roulette, and Issue Project Room, among others. Albums have been released on Slip Imprint, Infrequent Seams, and khalija. Object Collection has received extended profiles in Frieze magazine, Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Wire, BOMB, and on BBC Radio. www.objectcollection.us
Object Collection's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Object Collection is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council and by The Mental Insight Foundation.