The Round Robin Artist Collective has invited the cast and crew of my film “Your Day is My Night” to perform a live theater improvisation and interactive conversation at their Arts@Renaissance space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on the evening of Thursday, March 8. We’ll also be screening a sneak preview excerpt of the film. At least four of our performers as well as our translators will attend, including: Che Chang-Qing, Yi Chun Cao, Yueh Hwa Chan (Linda), Kam Yin Tsui, Yun Xiu Huang, Ellen Ho, Sheut Hing Lee, Catherine Ng and Jenifer Lee. Here is the information below. Just in case you are in town, we hope you can join us!
Hospitality: A Round Robin Collective Production at Arts@Renaissance presents
“Your Day is My Night” dir. by Lynne Sachs
preview performance, conversation and screening
Thursday, March 8, 2012 7 pm (free and open to the public)
2 Kingsland Avenue, Garden Level
(the garden floor of an old hospital)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
In “Your Day is My Night”, a collective of Chinese and Puerto Rican performers living in New York City explores the history and meaning of “shiftbeds” through verité conversations, character-driven fictions and integrated movement pieces. A shift-bed is shared by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. From sleeping to making love, such a bed is a locus for evocative personal and social interactions. With male and female non-professional actors, director Lynne Sachs creates a film which looks at issues of privacy, intimacy, privilege and ownership in relationship to this familiar item of furniture. A bed is an extension of the earth — embracing the shape of our bodies like a fossil where we leave our mark for posterity. But for transients, people who use hotels, and the homeless a bed is no more than a borrowed place to sleep. Inspired by theater visionaries Augusto Boal and the Wooster Group, Sachs has conducted numerous performance workshops centered around the bed – experienced, remembered and imagined from profoundly different viewpoints.
Here is a piece recently published in the Washington Post about “Your Day is My Night”:
At Art@Renaissance on March 8 at 7 pm, you will see a live improvisation on a single bed-stage along with a preview screening. Five performers will engage with the public as if the audience were visiting them in their apartment – a recreation of a shift-bed house in Chinatown. Sachs will provide two translators so that the interaction between actors and audience can be fluid and vital.
“Your Day is My Night: Performance and Video” directed by Lynne Sachs; written by Sachs and Rojo Robles; with images by Sean Hanley and Ethan Mass, performances by Yi Chun Cao, Yueh (Linda) Hwa Chan, Che Chang-Qing, Yun Xiu Huang, Ellen Ho, Sheut Hing Lee, Veraalba Santa and Pedro Sanchez Tormes . Translations by Catherine Ng, Jenifer Lee and Bryan Chang.
About “Hospitality and the Arts@ Renaissance” Project:
Hospitality draws on the Latin origins of the word hospitalis: relating to hosting a guest. Over time the word hospital has meant: charitable organization, a lodging for travelers, and a shetler for the poor. Throughout the months of February and March, Round Robin Collective artists and invited guests will occupy the former Greenpoint Hospital (now Arts@Renaissance) where they will explore different aspects of hospitality through collaborative artworks, installations, performances, and events.
In a common space, around a constructed and borrowed communal table, Round Robin will present a series of events that invite artists and members of the community to join us as guests and participants.
Hospitality is not an exhibition in the traditional sense; it is an invitation to participate in a public practice and an incubator for art production, and the friendships and experiences that sustain and nurture it. By connecting disparate communities and cultivating new relationships, we seek to foster an exchange between not only artists and viewers, but also between art practice and social relationships.
This project is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org – www.eARTS.org).