The Tank NYC


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



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



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



The Tank and shatterbox present FREE “shatterbox salon” on Monday 7/19
July 15, 2010, 14:53
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Enter to win fabulous prizes from the Tank 7 Wonders Raffle #whyilovethetank
June 2, 2010, 08:00
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Enter to win fabulous prizes! Raffle tickets will be available at the door or online on Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112595

3 for $5
7 for $10
15 for $40
40 for $50

•1 of 5 workshop gift certificates to the Electronic Music Foundation- workshop schedule and descriptions here: http://www.emfproductions.org/crc/schedule.html ($60 value each)

• $100 to the Spotted Pig to be used at brunch or lunch– http://thespottedpig.com/

•$120 to the Breslin Bar and Dining Room to be used during breakfast, lunch or dinner– http://thebreslin.com/

• $25 bar tab at the Rusty Knot– http://nymag.com/listings/bar/rusty-knot/

• $25 bar tab at the Ace Hotel lobby bar– http://www.acehotel.com/newyork

• 1 of 2 “School of Fish” memberships to Le Poisson Rouge– benefits description here: http://lprmembers.in-merch.com/ ($50 value each)

• FREE Joy of Improv class at The Peoples Improv Theater– description here: http://www.yesand.thepit-nyc.com/classes#improv-start ($350 value)

• 1 pair of tickets to Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public Theater– schedule and description here: http://publictheater.org/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,141/id,1005 ($160 value)

• 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to The National Comedy Theatre– description here: http://www.manhattancomedy.com/whatisnct.html ($30 value each)

• 1 pair of tickets to Bargemusic’s Here and Now series– schedule and description here: http://www.bargemusic.org/calendar.html ($50 value)

JUST ADDED! $30 gift certificate to Jacques Torres http://mrchocolate.com

More prizes to be added– come the 7 Wonders of the Tank Fundraiser and see what they are!



7 Wonders of the Tank Full Schedule #whyilovethetank
June 1, 2010, 17:36
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The countdown has begun! Join us this Saturday June 5th for our 7th anniversary and fundraiser!

Tix: $20 gets you 7 hours of programming for our 7 years plus entrance to the late night birthday party (additional costs for the Sustainer Reception).

Tickets for the showcase and party are available here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112593

Tickets for the Sustainer Reception (including entrance to the showcase and party) are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112595

Schedule:

2:00pm – 4:00pm Downstairs: MacGuffin, our hilarious resident long-form improv team, and curators Chris Booth and Kevin Laibson host the improv cookout– burgers, hot dogs, and OPEN BAR culminating in a fantastic performance by MacGuffin guaranteed to leave you in stitches. Did we mention FREE BEER AND FOOD?

2:30 – 5:00pm Upstairs: The Tank dance program offers a little bit of everything from ballet to burlesque. 3 Sciences, Movementpants, Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, and Epic Win Burlesque showcase the versatility and variety of dance at The Tank.

4:30 – 5:00pm Downstairs: Ear Heart Music, our new music and multimedia series, presents 2 brand new pieces premiering at 7 Wonders of The Tank. Toy pianist Asami Tamura presents “First Love,” a story performance featuring music by John Cage, Arnold Shoenberg, and more. Video artist and librettist Jane Hsu and composer Juan Calderon premier “The Quiet of the Early Morning: A Chinese Ghost Opera.” Set in the Canadian woods 60 years ago, a group of men discover an alien dermoid cyst. When their attempts to seduce her fail, they set off to the ocean, determined to shoot her down.

5:00 – 6:00pm Upstairs: Tired of hearing about the conservative Tea Party? Well, there’s an alternative. Living Liberally has been hosting social political events at The Tank since 2003 — and for The Tank’s anniversary will be hosting its own Tea Party…as Laughing Liberally comedians discuss the news of the day with Reading Liberally authors, Drinking Liberally activists and tea party snacks and iced tea…because at this tea party cooler heads prevail.

5:15: – 5:45pm Downstairs: Unique and uproarious sketch duo Chris and Paul perform their by turns awkward and charming but always hilarious two-man show.

6:00 – 6:30pm Upstairs: Tatyana Tenenbaum, former Tank dance curator and director of long running dance and music improvisational series The Raw and the Cooked, presents work from her upcoming full length dance program.

6:15 – 6:45pm Downstairs: Sinking Ship, the creators of our sold-out series “Puppet Playlist” bring you more of what you love! Pulled from their acclaimed Fringe Festival original show, Powerhouse, Sinking Ship present 30 minutes of puppet pandemonium.

7:00 – 7:30pm Downstairs: Homunculus Masked Theater Company perform surprisingly contemporary masked theater– sometimes comical, sometimes poignant, and always impressive, Homunculus is sure to change the way you see masked theater forever.

7:00 – 7:30pm Upstairs: The New York Neofuturists present their “menu” of madcap short plays chosen specifically for The Tank!

7:30pm – 9:00pm Downstairs: It’s back to back comedy insanity with two of our favorite regular comedy teams! City Hall will have you in stitches with their “childrens-show-for-adults” sketch comedy, followed by Start Trekkin‘, NYC’s premier long-form improv show based on the original series of Star Trek.

7:30 – 9:00pm Upstairs: Tank Sustainer Reception. Join special guests Alex Timbers, Tank founder, writer-director of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and up-coming Broadway director for drinks, hors d’ouevres, and a discussion about why NYC’s performing arts needs spaces like The Tank, followed by performances by Immediate Medium. **Please note: Tickets for The Tank Sustainer Reception are $70.00 and include entrance to all performances and the Tank Karaoke Birthday Party.**

9:00pm – Midnight Downstairs: Brought back by popular demand from our St. Purim’s Day party, TANK KARAOKE BIRTHDAY PARTY! Have a slice of cake, grab a beer (or three) and a microphone and get yourself up on The Tank stage while we sing, dance, drink and laugh ourselves into the wee hours.

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BECOME A SPONSOR: For The Tank’s 7th Anniversary, we are seeking 7 community sponsors at $700 each — businesses, organizations or other partners that want to contribute to the cultural life of Hell’s Kitchen and New York City. We will also be seeking one Honorary Chair for the Festival for the contribution of $7,000. Please contact Justin Krebs, justin@thetanknyc.org, if you are interested.

For up to date information visit http://bit.ly/tank7wonders or http://thetanknyc.org



#whyilovethetank From The Tank archives
May 18, 2010, 17:08
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Blast from the past! Here’s a flyer from The Tank’s opening night in 2003!

See anyone familiar? Beloved indie-folk band Bishop Allen played the inaugural show at the Tank’s first space! Did you know that they got together in 2003, too? Look where they are now!

To this day, Loudbang still performs at the Tank under the Ear ❤ Music series. They have an upcoming show on 5/20! Get your tickets now: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/97000

Where is everyone else?