MAN in the BOX
Audience is immersed in the vision as catalyst. The juxtaposition of the sculptural stage space, video mapping, light and shadow, original sound track and innovative movement vocabulary, create a transformative, visceral performance. Pre- Show event created by NEWSAM Aerial Dance
Dec 12, 7PM
Jan 13, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Santa Cruz, 815 Almar Ave unit 9, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
About the event
Man in the Box is a performance collaboration between Tom Brady, Monica Newsam and Zlatko Cosic. Brady, Newsam and Cosic collaborate to stunning effect as Brady and Newsam perform together moving through a forest of eighteen -15' poles set to Brady's original music. Audience is immersed in the vision as catalyst. The juxtaposition of the sculptural stage space, light and shadow, original sound track and innovative movement vocabulary, create a transformative,
visceral performance in representing the culmination of a personal journey and artistic growth. Brady's original sound score, stage as sculpture, weaves movement and video as a lassical painter to stunning effect. He is patient with the process, often taking decades to reach the goal of a mature work.
The journey began with an original performance by Brady at Franklin Furnace in New York in 1979, then Three Sinks Gallery in 2003, an Satori, St.Louis, in 2011, in October of 2019 at odc Dance Theater in the Mission district San Francisco. CA, in collaboration with Monica Newsam.
Each performance creates an opportunity to push the work, to evolve the thinking that drives the movements and images. Brady's approach to stage as sculpture creates physically challenging environments that demand movement invention. In the current deeply complex evolution of Man in the Box, Brady, choreographer/dancer/aerial artist Monica Newsam, and video artist Zlatko Cosic collaborate to stunning effect.
Brady and Newsam have collaborated now for nearly a decade resulting in a highly developed physical choreography. Recently Brady and Cosic have merged ideas and passion creating video to support this 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.