April 6, 2015
Press Contact: John Richards


       CulturalDC presents banished? productions’ TYGER

WASHINGTON, DC – DC’s avant-pop performance company banished? productions is pleased to present their premiere production of TYGER at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab. Performances run April 16-25, 2015, with a special invited dress and press preview on Wednesday, April 15 at 8pm.

This devised performance is a meditation on fragmentation, poetry, love, loss, and the rituals to cope with being bereft. Sparked by selected writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Jose Rivera’s Brainpeople, the universe of TYGER is set in a dystopic future, and surrounds the art collective No Inglés whose covert poetic acts of protest has made them targets of a political system that oppresses and surveils its citizenry. The disappearance of Gabby, a beloved member throws the group into shock, grief, and disbelief at the plurality of truth and precariousness of beauty. Performing rituals and remembrance with the audience becomes a remedy for the holes in our lives.

Led by banished?’s Associate Artist, devisor and performance artist Rachel Hynes and company philosopher and dramaturg Otis Ramsey-Zoe, TYGER is directed by banished?’s Artistic Director Carmen C. Wong, and features the following collaborators that come from a diverse background of performance-making: Annalisa Dias, Gregory Ford, DeLesslin George-Warren, Kelley Kidd, Jane Claire Remick, Gordon Nimmo-Smith and Niell DuVal. The piece received a developmental workshop in 2014 at the Hillyer Arts Space, and has been generously supported by CulturalDC and Share Fund. 

TYGER Performances

Where: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint: 916 G Street NW DC 20001
When:  April 16 / 17 / 18 / 20 (Industry) / 23 / 24 / 25 at 8:00pm | April 19 at 3:00pm
Price:  $25 general admission / $15 student, industry, senior discount
Available 30min before each performance at the door, 866-811-4111, or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/944558

About TYGER Creative Team

Rachel Hynes has her MFA in Lecoq-Based Actor Created Theatre from Naropa University and was trained at LISPA. Hynes’ original solo work ranges from site-specific performance journeys to intimate storytelling experiences to dark and comedic cabaret sketches and original raps with movement. Hynes was a founder and co-Artistic Director of Helsinki Syndrome, an avant-garde performance group that has received two footlight awards from Seattle Times critic Misha Berton. In 2009-2011, Hynes also curated PHYSICAL: A Night of Innovative Physical Theatre in London. She is currently the banished? ARTillery Dean, and a producing Artistic Associate with the company.

Carmen C. Wong experiments with avant-pop performance collages and concepts, and creates gastro-performances by, with, and around food and its eaters. Recurring motifs in her immersive, dialogical, relational work include nostalgia and memory, playing and whimsy, materiality and the sensory, and everyday interventions that make space for the subjunctive. She is a 2011 TCG Global Connections awardee, 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards finalist for Outstanding Emerging Artist, 2014 Artist Fellow with the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities, and the founding Artistic Director of banished? productions. 

Otis Ramsey-Zöe, a Theatre Arts lecturer at Howard University, Senior Editor for NoPassport Press, and freelance dramaturg brings to TYGER his extensive dramaturgical experience working with Sundance Institute, Kennedy Center, Theatre J, Arena Stage and CenterStage. He is banished?’s company Philosopher. 

About banished? productions

BANISHED? PRODUCTIONS is an avant-pop performance company that generates immersive interdisciplinary art experiences for all, to re-create wonder and re-awaken the senses. It is committed to producing quality works that cull from multiple artistic expressions, particularly in performative or theatrical experiments that play with text and form. banished? strives to inspire and collaborate with other artists in order to fuel its own artistic process: re-discovering and re-inventing the art of narration.

banished?’s most recent original works include the the sensory gastro-art hit TACTILE DINNER (premiered at the 2009 CapFringe, followed by performances at Big Bear Café and Long View Gallery in 2010) and TACTILE DINNER CAR (premiered at the 2011 CapFringe, later produced by Flashpoint Gallery); and Ballades Mechaniques (ver 1.0 in 2007, and ver 2.0 in 2010) – a series of story-telling machines. banished?’s devised performance collage on performing gender and memories Into the Dollhouse (2012) was developed by the Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab program, then selected by ArenaStage for its inaugural Kogod Cradle series. banishedproductions.org 

About the Mead Theatre Lab Program

CulturalDC operates the Mead Theatre Lab Program and its intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. Inaugurated in January 2006, the program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring.  A panel of noted DC theatre professionals selects the projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers.  The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, Nordstrom, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

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