Developed in the psychedelic performance venue of Kenny Scharf's Cosmic Cavern, Matt Wilson's The Ventriloquist Circle dives into the madcap world of legendary adult-film star, Hugh Cox.
After Mr. Cox is found murdered on the set of his latest film, the ensuing investigation devolves into the bastard-child of a 1960's Happening and an episode of Law & Order. The Ventriloquist Circle is an exploration into the internet's democratization of taboo to the point of banality-the aesthetics of a BDSM conference at a Holiday Inn. The piece is a tumble down the rabbit-hole of a contemporary mind. Following a sold-out series of workshop performances this August at the Cosmic Cavern, Sister Sylvester has been invited by Dixon Place to premiere this daring and funny new piece during APAP in January. The cast includes Christine Bullen, Daniel Kulick, Zoe Yu Tan, Colin Cramer. Nick Bonnar, Terence Mintern, Marcus Dillon, Face Yu, Greg Bosse, Liliana
Velasquez, Terence Mintern, and Damon Pelletier.
The Ventriloquist's Circle is directed by company director Kathryn Hamilton, with dramaturgy by Peter Clough, video design by Jesse Garrison, costumes by Marina Porter, and scenic elements/live drawing by Damon Pelletier.
Sister Sylvester creates original performances that question behavior between people and people, and people and the world. We search for difference and dissonance and difficulty. We believe in a skeptical anarchism of the spirit, and find beauty in the thrifty, the discarded, and the everyday. Our work embraces chaos and crafts disruption as a part of its structure. Currently in residency at Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art, Sister Sylvester has created site responsive work in diverse venues across the city. In addition, we also perform in traditional theater spaces and galleries, keeping a constant re-examining of the relationship between audience and performer at the centre of our work.
Kathryn Hamilton is Sister Sylvester's company director. She has directed work and taught workshops in the US, UK, France, Nepal, and India. She has assisted Anne Bogart at the annual SITI training in Saratoga, and Gavin Quinn, director of Pan Pan, on Playing the Dane, winner of the 2010 Irish Times Award for Best Production. She read for her BA at Cambridge University and for her MFA at Columbia University. She has studied in Japan on Min Tanaka's Body Weather Farm, and at Natana Kairali in Kerala with G.Venu. In 2009, she was awarded a one year artist residency at Flux Factory, New York.
Matt Wilson is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA Playwriting program, (Charles Mee, Director). He has been the writer for several Sister Sylvester projects, including One Fat Day in Babylon, The Box Man, Tuna Fingers with Walt and Mary, and Play America (Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pants), for which he was nominated for the 2010 Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Full Length Script. His most recent project was as a writer for Fornicated by The Beatles, premiered at ART in Boston. Peter Clough has presentEd Gallery installations at Peres Projects in Berlin (2008) and Southfirst Gallery in New York (2009). He has also performed at the Sculpture Center (2009) and at the Emily Harvey Foundation (2010), and presented video at the Korea Experimental Arts Festival in Seoul (2010). Also working as an independent curator, he has presented the group exhibitions < > (2008) at NYU's Commons Gallery and One and Three
Quarters of an Inch (2010) at St. Cecilia's Convent in Greenpoint.
Bruce Steinberg's lighting designs have been seen in venues ranging from a Soho laundromat to Italian concert halls. Recent work includes: Invisible Cities (Louisa Proske, Red Light New Music/The Italian Academy), Les Mamelles de Tirésias, (Emma Griffin, The Juilliard School), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (Daniel Fish, University of Rochester). He received his MFA from NYU's TSOA. Visual art installations include Mark di Suvero's sculptures at Salem Art Works and Keren Cytter's Mysterious Serious (2009) at X-Initiative. For terraNOVA Collective, Bruce was awarded the Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Lighting Design Award on Kate McGovern's Blue Before Morning. Damon Pelletier was chosen to present his designs for the opera Dead Man Walking as part of Opera America's 2011 Director-Designer Showcase. He recently designed the world premiere of I Tre Compagni (Nancy Rhodes, Encompass New Opera Theater). Damon frequently works as set and prop coordinator for opera performances at Manhattan School of Music, and has assisted designers Christine Jones (American Idiot) and George Tsypin