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M A N in the B O X - presented by ANNONYArts at Satori
Performance Artist Tom Brady, Choreographer Monica Newsam and Video Artist Zlatko Cosic collaborate in Man in the Box. Brady and Newsam move to stunning effect as they perform together moving through a forest of 15-foot poles set to Brady's original music and using projections developed with Cosic. Audience is immersed in the vision as catalyst - The juxtaposition of the sculptural stage space, light and shadow, video, original sound track and innovative movement vocabulary, create a transformative, visceral response.
Boxes was originally created and performed as a solo piece by performance artist Tom Brady in New York at Franklin Furnace in 1979. Since that time Brady has revisited this complex work numerous times in pursuit of deeper meaning and each time encounters the complexity of being.
Boxes, now entitled Man in the Box, is truly a living piece whose evolution continues to pose new questions helping to create new vocabulary, defining the search for intuitive knowledge.
The current project is the result of an intense collaboration between these determined artists - Brady and long time collaborator Monica Newsam, choreographer, dancer, aerial artist, along with Zlatko Cosic, video/time-based media artist. "You know when a collaboration is truly productive when it becomes impossible to lay claim to any piece of the whole."
Man in the Box is a requiem honoring and at times, cherishing the individual challenges, reversals, failings, insights, generosity and forward thrusts in the journey to wisdom. The audience pays witness to the collision of one's final moments with the recollections of the younger self - and the life well lived. In the dialogue between one's youthful past and aging now, the two performers create movement vocabulary through the complex sculptural space.
They share youthful insights reminding us that wisdom is not found solely in years earned, while recognizing that age does provide the young and ambitious needed perspective.