January 18th and 19th, 2018

Commissioned by PROTOTYPE Festival 2018

Tori Wrånes (Norway) PROTOTYPE presents a new public performance by Norwegian artist and composer Tori Wrånes, starting in Washington Square Park’s Northwest Corner. The best way to describe Wrånes’s work may be Choreography with sound, be it solo or with multiple performers, like singers on bikes (YES NIX, Performa 13), musicians in a chairlift, or cows with 12 toned scaled bells. (TRACK of HORNS, Transart 15 in the alps of Italy).

THE FUTURE IS OPEN responds critically to the recent White House directive to the Center for Disease Control to cease using words such as transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. Featuring Wrånes solo vocalizations, a group of five performers, and a dreamlike arrangement of additional body parts and prosthetics, THE FUTURE IS OPEN proposes fluid, ever-transforming identities and a few fresh small breaths for a new year.

The piece is part of Out of Bounds, a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces. Out of Bounds 2018 will features the work of two composer-musicians working across diverse vocal practices: Tori Wrånes and Alicia Hall Moran. Out of Bounds 2018 is a platform for new vocal performance pieces taking place in unlikely locations throughout New York. Through the works, public sites will become temporary spaces of contact, exchange, and refreshed social dynamics. Out of Bounds 2018 was curated by Raul Zbengheci.

Images courtesy of PROTOTYPE Festival, Charles Roussel

Performers: Eryka Dellenbach, Shiloh Hodges, Nikima Jagudajev, Tone Kittelsen, Vic Serra
Costume Coordinator: Eleanor O’Connell
Costume Assistant: Eva Jaunzemis
Seamstress: Keeva Halferthy
Sound Engineer: Peter Fonda
Sound Effects: Gunn Tove Grønsberg
Synths: Laura Marie Rueslåtten and Peter Fonda
Production: PROTOTYPE, Halla Tryggvadottir, Tone Kittelsen, Ciara Cornelius
Special Thanks: Pål Halvorsen
Curated for PROTOTYPE by Raul Zbengheci