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Happy Holidays and Thanks for Supporting The Tank in 2010!
November 29, 2010, 16:18
Filed under: announcements

Dear Tank Friend,

The weather is turning colder and 2010 is drawing to a close, which means the giving season is upon us. We write now asking for your support in keeping The Tank a flourishing space for emerging artists in Manhattan in 2011.

To donate, visit http://www.thetanknyc.org/membership

In 2010, The Tank brought you over 600 shows by more than 1,000 artists, and challenged and delighted 16,00 audience members from New York City and around the world.

Even in the face of increased rent and diminishing funding from foundation and government sources, The Tank continues to provide New York’s most adventurous artists a space to create and present work at little or no cost to them, and provide our audiences cutting-edge art at remarkably affordable prices. As the price of entertainment continues to soar, The Tank still offers an average ticket price of only $7.00. We need your support to keep it that way.

As a challenge to the entire Tank community, several generous supporters are sponsoring a one-to-one donation match. Every dollar donated to The Tank between now and the end of the year, up to $5,000, will be matched. That means that your generosity will go twice as far.

At The Tank, we know that you have many choices as to where you direct your tax-deductible donations for the year, and appreciate you choosing us as one of the charitable organizations you decide to support as the year comes to an end.

To donate online, visit http://www.thetanknyc.org/membership

Or you can donate via mail by sending a check to:
The Tank
354 West 45th St.
New York, NY 10036

Thank you so much for your past support and we hope to see you at The Tank soon. Join us for The Tank Holiday Party Potluck on December 20th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm or check our website, http://www.thetanknyc.org, for all of our exciting upcoming programming.

Happy holidays!
Sincerely,

Suzan Eraslan
Programming Director



Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “Ain’t We Got Fun” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 17, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: theater, Uncategorized, video

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our third music video produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. The video for “Ain’t We Got Fun” takes place during a big party scene in the play, a party that everyone wishes they had attended. Unlike the previous two videos, there is no specific source video from the 90’s but it carries the same old timey revival in the style of The Dresden Dolls–akin to Neisler’s vision to revive 123 year old Chekhov play!

Missed the first videos? Click to watch “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”

Ivanough opens TONIGHT at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann



Trailers from Bob Ray’s Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour, stopping at the Tank on 11/26!
November 16, 2010, 16:30
Filed under: film, video

The Tank is stoked to host Bob Ray’s Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour on November 26th! Take a load off that turkey dinner and settle down with a wild double feature of HELL ON WHEELS and TOTAL BADASS. Check out the trailers below! Tickets are available for $10 single screenings or $15 for the double feature.



HELL ON WHEELS:
Screening at 7:30pm
documentary TRT: 89 min
Hell on Wheels takes a from-the-trenches look at the dizzying clash of athleticism, exhibitionism, egos, politics and business that is modern-era roller derby. A group of hard-hitting Texas women overcome myriad obstacles in resurrecting and revamping the sport, only to find internal strife ripping the fledgling organization apart. Two leagues emerge from the clash, and what follows ignites an international roller derby revival. Shot over a five-year period by Bob Ray (Rock Opera) and Werner Campbell, Hell on Wheels was edited by award winning editor Conor O’Neill (Murderball, Word Wars, Capitalism: A Love Story) and features original music by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.



TOTAL BADASS:
Screening at 9:30pm
Documentary, 2010, TRT: 91 min
**** World Premiere Tour ****
Texas filmmaker Bob Ray catapults the Austin subculture onto the big screen, reveling in its inspiring, unique and deliriously offbeat glory. With his latest documentary, “Total Badass,” Bob Ray takes you on an outrageous and hilariously seedy adventure into the Austin underground music and arts scene via wild man-about-town, social deviant, musical/stunt performer, notorious sex fiend, Guinea pig enthusiast, writer-publisher, father, weed dealing felon, hip-hop impresario, trashcan jumper and local maniac Chad Holt. Exploiting life as his unwitting canvas, Chad’s take-no-prisoners artistry assaults funny bones, political correctness and common decency as he strives to leave a creative scar on the planet. Strap in for the riotous ride and follow this icon of the Austin counterculture as he blazes through his final year of felony probation, living his own brand of civil disobedience while manning the helm of a life-altering family crisis and going out smokin!



Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 16, 2010, 13:15
Filed under: theater, Uncategorized, video

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our second music video produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. We’re proud to bring you the opening number for the show! Our video for “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” draws inspiration from The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and features Preston Martin as Michael Borkin. Chekhov never looked this good. Missed the first video? Click here to catch up!

Ivanough opens TOMORROW at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann



(NSFW) Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 15, 2010, 16:55
Filed under: theater

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our first of three music videos produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. The video for “Pretty Girl” draws inspiration from Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and features Liz Alderfer as the lonely Sasha. Watch her make her big entrance! Chekhov never looked this good.

Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann



Forward Motion Theater Celebrates 10th Anniversary + Brings Production to the Tank for 2011
November 2, 2010, 13:51
Filed under: Uncategorized


We’re very excited to be working with Forward Motion Theater next year! Forward Motion Theater is a creative arts organization that produces live events and performances, creates technology and interactive installations for galleries and museums, provides creative services for special events, and helps the arts community with technology services. FMT also presents choreo-works using technology and movement. FMT on celebrates its 10th year as a nonprofit on November 8th! Check out this video of RE:vision on Vimeo!

Six ReVision events took place one night a month between January and June 2010. Each evening featured six to seven collaborations in live-video and performance art, at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City Queens. The series emphasizes live-media interactivity, challenging digital media artists to present work outside of “traditional” exhibitions in film festivals and galleries. Video artists have access to multiple projectors and CRT monitors, and innovative presentations included the use of 3D viewing technology, projections onto the floor, and projections onto the bodies of the performers themselves.

Live-media artists used creative technology tools to trigger cues, alter tempo, and synchronize their performance with other live participants. Many works explored camera-based interactivity where on-stage performers can influence and co-create the visual presentation in real time. Participating artists received free rehearsal space to develop new work at FMT’s performance lab, and access to FMT’s blue screen/black box video studio and post-production facilities. FMT provides full technical and promotional support for the event and documents the live collaborations in photo and video. Documentation, including full-length video of the collaborations is maintained online.

Save the date! The Tank presents a run with Forward Motion Theater on January 14th, 2011.



Photos from @splitknuckle ‘s upcoming acrobatic theater show, ENDURANCE
October 18, 2010, 11:30
Filed under: announcements, Photo, theater

We’re really excited for next month’s production of ENDURANCE, so we’d like to give you a peek with some photos!


Office gymnastics meets daring Antarctic exploration in the unlikely setting of a Hartford insurance office in this inventive and funny piece. Masters of movement, Split Knuckle Theatre, have performed their original, fascinating works internationally and will bring the World Premiere of Endurance to The Tank November 4th, 2010.

Trapped in Antarctica with no hope of rescue, the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth. Ninety-five year later, in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey, struggling to save his employees’ jobs, relives Shackleton’s story. Can one of the greatest leaders in human history inspire him to conquer the corporate world? Two survival stories collide in this inventive and surprising adventure where desks become ship decks and four actors become dozens of characters in a story that spans 95 years and 8000 miles.

Buy tickets for Theater @ The Tank Presents: Endurance




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