In Conversation: Tei Blow with Andrew Kircher
The Spring 2021 season of premieres commissioned by BAC includes a series of live-streamed talks with the artists about their projects and creative processes.
In conjunction with the premiere of The Sprezzaturameron, Tei Blow talks with new media performance scholar Andrew Kircher. They will be joined by Blow's collaborator Sean McElroy, co-founder of Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble.
Blow and Kircher first connected at The Public Theater, where Kircher directed the Devised Theater Working Group that Blow was a part of, and later via engagements with New York City College of Technology and Under the Radar Festival. Kircher's forthcoming long-form publication, WTFLOL: Devised Theater and Computers will feature and expand upon the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble body of work.
The Sprezzaturameron is available to watch free, on demand May 17-31, Monday at 5PM ET until Monday at 5PM ET.
BAC Artist Commissions made possible with generous leadership support from Anonymous, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Thompson Family Foundation, and Robert and Kathleen Wallace.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
As of January, 2021.
Tei Blow is a performer, educator, and media designer based in New York. Blow’s work incorporates photography, video, and sound culled from found materials and mass media.
He has performed and designed for The Laboratory of Dmitry Krymov, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jodi Melnick, Ann Liv Young, Big Dance Theater, and David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group. He also performs as Frustrator on Enemies List Recordings. Blow’s work has been featured at Hartford Stage, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122/PSNY, Lincoln Center Festival, The Kitchen, BAM, The Public Theater, The Broad Stage, MCA Chicago, MFA Boston, Kate Werble Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and at theaters around the world. He is the recipient of a 2015 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Sound Design for David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group’s I Understand Everything Better. Blow is one half of Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, whose ongoing multipart series The Art of Luv is a recipient of the Creative Capital and Franklin Furnace Awards.
Andrew Kircher is a creative producer, dramaturg, and scholar of live and new media performance. Current collaborators include 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Flako Jimenez, Janani Balasubramanian, and Lorelei Ramirez.
He directed The Public's Devised Theater Initiative, curated the Prelude Festival, and served as Associate Director of Under the Radar and General Manager of Ars Nova. He was a fellow with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Sundance Theatre Lab, and is a member of the Guild of Future Architects.
Sean McElroy holds a degree in Classics from Brown University and a degree in Painting from the University of Washington. He uses sculpture, installation and performance to explore mythologies of love, power and pleasure.
His work has been exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; and at JACK, the Public Theater and Kate Werble Gallery in New York.