"You Are Nowhere" left audiences open-mouthed; "Send for the Million Men" and "Tarzana," as well as gallery installations, film events, and works in progress yet to come.
Mass Live Arts (MLA) is a festival of experimental theater and performance at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
ADVISORY: Explicit, potty-mouth language throughout much of this episode,
MLA is dedicated to presenting large-scale bold new works of contemporary performance in the Berkshires. MLA is also committed to fostering the creation of new American works through development residencies culminating in work-in-progress showings. This residency is for highly-talented companies or performing artists in need of space and time to create new work.
What can I say? Ilan Bachrach, artistic director of MLA promised I'd be blown away by "YOU ARE NOWHERE," and that's exactly what I was. I know that more mind-bending work is to come out of the 2015 Mass Live Arts festival. Listen to our conversation, and DEFINITELY check out their site. All the info you could ask for is there. To get Ilan's cell number, however, you'll have to listen to our conversation.
The critically acclaimed "Send for the Million Men," by Joseph Silovsky, opens Thursday, July 16; photo by Cory Weaver
There is one thing that Ilan showed me that I thought was great. He's created a couple of short films—partly as experiment, partly as a sort of video "thank you"—that feature some of MLA's sponsors. I'll try to share more as time and space permit, but for now, enjoy this cinematic shout-out to the Meat Market in Great Barrington.
The Meat Market // Now serving at Tanglewood from ZZZLLL on Vimeo.
Bobby McElver, "Remember the Gray Light"
"Remember the Gray Light," by Bobby McElver; photo courtesy Bobby McElver
We will have Bobby McElver on the show as soon as possible. In addition to his work with the Wooster Group, he is currently experimenting with the music of Grey Lights in some fascinating ways. We'll keep you posted.