YOU US WE ALL is a contemporary and
irreverent take on an 18th century court masque, featuring musical scenes,
allegorical characters and heightened theatrical style.
The performance is a series of episodes in
which the characters DEATH, LOVE, VIRTUE, HOPE and TIME reflect on their own
aptitude for inciting meaning within their lives. As the characters
perform the masque, TIME slowly and insistently destroys everything, stripping
away the layers of pomp and artifice that had given them shape. Pruned of their
clothes, roles, and story, the opera turns radically inward.
Commissioned by DeSingel of Antwerp,
Belgium Co-produced by Kampnagel of Hamburg,
Germany Text by Andrew Ondrejcak Music by Shara Worden Performed by BOX Baroque Orchestration X Stage direction and stage design by Andrew
Ondrejcak Co-Costume designer Zane Philstrom HOPE Shara
Worden LOVE Martin
Gherke VIRTUE Helga Davis DEATH Bernhard
Landauer TIME Carlos
YOU US WE ALL: BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival trailer
FEAST is a retelling of the ancient
biblical story of The Writing on the Wall, in which the last meal of an era is
prepared just before the collapse of the great Babylonian empire.
During the FEAST, a King and his
Concubines are haunted by Handel’s baroque operetta, Belshazzar's Feast, while anxiously devouring everything possible
on the banquet table. Despite impending doom, the court persists (“first course
first of course”), sparing no expense as the city burns in the
distance. As the stolid King considers how to make sense of history and
rebuild a failing civilization, the world of the banquet slips further and
further from its noble intents.
The language of FEAST focuses on the
formal qualities of words and the inherent rhythms and phonetic qualities of
language. Engaging the implicit violence and intimacy of eating together,
the tragic celebrants circle the void by never saying exactly what they mean.
Presented at Incubator Arts Project at
St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery Written and Directed by Andrew Ondrejcak Music to Belshazzar (1744) by George Frideric Handel Libretto to Belshazzar by Charles Jennens Costumes byAdam Selman Lighting Design by Scott Bolman Sound Design byKristin Worrall Stage Design by Leong Leong Architecture Assistant Stage Design by Amanda Shin Jewelry by Fenton/Fallon Set Build by Composition Workshop Technical Direction by Brendan Regimbal Videography by David Pym Production Assistants Lucy Liu, Stephen Woodall, Anna Oliver Stage Management byBettina Warshaw Photography by Marek Berry and Georgia Nerheim THE KING Okwui
Okpokwasili THE CONCUBINES Jenn
Dees, Cara Francis, Yuki Kawahisa, Jason
Robert Winfield THE BUTCHER Peter
A Dialogue Between the Eater and the
Eaten is a short play written for the
inaugural publication of White Zinfandel, an art/culture magazine. White
Zinfandel assigned each contributor a dish to interpret freely. A Dialogue Between the Eater and the Eaten is
a theatrical allegory based on the dish Baked Marrow Bones.
A biannual publication by W/— Project Space in collaboration with Leong Leong Architecture, White
Zinfandel is devoted to the visual manifestation of food and culture produced within
the lives of creative individuals. White Zinfindel is a celebration of food and
art in which creative individuals are paired with dishes from a unique or
historic menu to inspire original work.
Edited by Jiminie Ha, Dominic Leong, Chris Leong Project Management by Brandy Carstens Design by Jiminie Ha whitezinf.org
A performance installation
Leading up to the death of his father in
2010, Ondrejcak devised Veneration #1: The Young Heir Takes Possession of The
Master's Effects, in which he isolates and observes his body's process of
physical weakening (and eventual failure) by performing a repeated sequence of
athletic actions until physical failure. The action takes place behind a
one-way mirror; the audience can see the action while Ondrejcak can only see
his reflection as his body adjusts to the tasks. In front of the mirror is a
clear glass dumbbell. Markings on the mirror correspond to the proportions of
an idealized man, both acknowledging and challenging the notion of the Ideal Man.
His heavy breathing slowly drowns out the sound of a baroque minuet for
Presented by The Guggenheim Museum, Works and Process 2011 Performed as part of QUINTET, five new performances curated
by Robert Wilson (website) Created and performed by Andrew Ondrejcak Music written by Michael Galasso for Les Fables de la Fontaineat Comedie
Francaise, 2005 Harpsichord performed by Andrew Ondrejcak Recorded by Devin Greenwood at Astor Courts, Rhinebeck, New York. Special
thanks to the Astor estate.
A performance installation
VENERATION #2: The House Not Meant To Stand is the second in a series of
visual poems responding to a particular passing or exodus in the life of the
artist. Performed by members of the SCAD
community, the performance took place between twin altars modeled on the 15th
century altarpiece of Ghent. While one rests in shadow and light, the other becomes
a sculptural canvas for a chorus of moving mouths, creating a mosaic of contemporary
language within an ancient liturgy - a memorial to the ephemeral nature of
body, mind, and memory.
Commissioned by SCAD Museum of Art, 2013 Created by Andrew Ondrejcak Production Management by Jenn Dees Technical Direction by George Doles Audio/Visual by Kaufman-Heinz Associated Stage Design by Kevin Petersen Stage Management by Andrew Flores
Chaliotis PERFORMERS Jorge Jose Bolanos, Andrew
Florez Chaliotis, Jeanne Dews, Steven G. Diehl, Zhou Fang, Martine Fleurisma, Candace
Kitchens, Karla Knudsen
WONDER/LUST follows the quest for the
unseen that has inspired artists, scientists and explorers for centuries. The
iconic 1933 film King Kong presents
the story of a man on a journey to find the elusive and terrifying monster,
Kong. WONDER/LUST is a meditation on his journey as well as the making of the
film itself. As a group of actors screen test, rehearse, and perform scenes
from King Kong on a soundstage, the
film’s plot is intertwined with contemporary reflections on dreams, fear, human
limitations, and the power of the unknown. The result is a kaleidoscopic view
of wonder and the human thirst for it.
Presented by HERE Arts Center, Soho, New York City, July 2009. Conceived, Directed and Designed
by Andrew Ondrejcak Production Dramaturgy by Anne Seiwerath Music and Sound byKonstantin Fritz Costume and Styling by Mary Catherine Muir Hair Design by Miki Mori Make-Up design by Jun Funahashi Photographs by Georgia Nerheim Production Management byLydia
The cast is as follows: RED-FACED MAN WITH GIN ON HIS BREATH Doug Barron MAN WHO NEVER SMILES Manuel Fihman SMALL WOMAN WITH A VERY LARGE
HEADEACHE Jenn Dees WOMAN WITH AN EXTREMELY LONG NECK Nicole D'Amico MAN WITH BIG SHOULDERS Jason Winfield WOMAN WITH GINORMOUS EYES Yuki Kawahisa BAD GIRL GONE GOOD Rosebud Baker
WONDER/LUST was originally workshopped
at the CSV Cultural Center, New York City, January 2009. Production Management
by Tom Palmer Projects. The creative team was the same as above. The cast was
as follows: Charles Chemin Nicole D'Amico Jenn Dees Tammuz Frankel Yuki Kawahisa Christopher James Raynor Jennifer Soo
KINGS OF MACEDONIA - IN DEVELOPMENT-gallery
Text by Andrew Ondrejcak Music by Shara Worden
The Kings of Macedonia is a collection of moments from everyday life, in which the simplest action underscores a wealth of humanity. Conceived as a modern telling of The Canterbury Tales, ten characters search for meaning while en route to destinations they cannot quite pinpoint. Each individual is both the center of the world and part of something they cannot comprehend, and they each look to the impulses within (and the vast unknown above) in the search for meaning. The episodes are decidedly common: someone drinks a beer alone at a bar as a child experiences fear of the dark, a woman combs her hair while a teenage boy tries to stop smoking. Individually, they reflect on their own aptitude for inciting meaning within their lives and the lives of others; collectively, they ask: How can someone so insignificant care for the soul of another?
The performance for 10 singers and a brass quartet.
Development at The Kitchen, May 2012, directed by Andrew Ondrejcak, with the following cast:
Frank Boudreaux Shara Worden Jess Barbagello Marcelle Davies Jenn Dees Meg Harper Jason Winfield Brian Mendes Paul Ketchum Yuki Kawahisa Ibanda Ruhumbika Tim Albright David Byrd-Marrow CJ Camerieri Brian Wolfe Jake Hart Rebecca Warner Denise Ondrejcak Karen Harvey Rayna Hickman Jess Dessner Gelsey Bell Dave Malloy Lantie Tom Colin Summers
Further development at Prelude Festival 2012, directed by Andrew Ondrejcak, with the following cast:
Jenn Dees Meg Harper Shara Worden Paul Ketchum Yuki Kawahisa Laurena Allan Tunde Adebimpe Helga Davis Brock Gloor Jake Hart Ibanda Ruhumbika Michael Seltzer R.J. Kelley CJ Camerieri Ted Poor Khorikos Chorus Denise Ondrejcak Jessica Dessner