Wonder / Wall: prioritizing designers

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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is launching “Wonder / Wall,” a new immersive video performance series this month that combines live performances and video projection to create a storytelling experience never seen before at the Bay Street Theater.

Each week in July, the Bay Street Yard will be transformed into a new experience, featuring four world premieres created by five different artists, whose work was commissioned by Bay Street Theater and created specifically for this location.

Wonder / Wall operates Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Tuesday July 6 to Saturday July 31.

Each evening features five 15-minute individual performances starting at 8:30 p.m., which will include a live performance element that takes place in the immersive video world surrounding the audience.

Wonder / Wall is designed and curated by Bay Street Art Associate Josh Wilder.

“My intention for ‘Wonder / Wall’ was to highlight the other storyteller in the theater: the designer of the projections,” explains Wilder. “We rarely get to see them in the foreground, and this moment we find ourselves in right now forces them to take center stage. “Wonder / Wall” offers an incredible opportunity for designers to create a new and immersive experience for clients ready to return to the theater. I am very happy that Bay Street is embarking on this new venture which I hope will reinvent itself for many years to come.

Each week, a different artist reinvents the Courtyard at the Bay Street Theater to create an engaging and thoughtful video art experience. Wonder / Wall participating artists include Rasean Davonte Johnson, Yee Eun Nam, Mike Billings, Brian Staton and Brittany Bland.

The first week, from July 6 to 11, the theater presents “We are in the game together, as well as the stages: stop, crisis, restart” by Rasean Davonte Johnson, designed “to be lived !! ”

Rasean Davonte Johnson is a videographer and projection designer for theater, film and installations. He is the owner of the design studio Eightinfinitystudio, which has been responsible for projects such as “A Night of Wonder”, in collaboration with sound designer and composer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, and “A Wedding and an Ostrich” at the Eiffel Tower in collaboration with Elizabeth Mak.

The second week, July 13-18, is Yee Eun Nam’s “Frankenstein”. We’ve all seen and heard of the classic creature, but what if Frankenstein’s monster was one of us?

Yee Eun Nam is an award-winning visual artist and set and video designer for opera, theater and all forms of live performance, currently based in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Seoul, where she studied sculpture and metal crafts.

The third week, July 20-25, is “20,000” by Mike Billings and Brian Staton, an irreverent mix of texts and images from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson.

Mike Billings is a New York-based designer and recently designed The West End production of “The Prince of Egypt”, in addition to designing dozens of productions for the Bay Street Theater.

You may have seen some of Brian C. Staton’s other screening designs of The R&J Project, My Witch, or The Great Gatsby at the Bay Street Theater. Brian currently works at the Bay Street Theater as an Associate Production Manager and Lighting Supervisor.

Week Four features Brittany Bland’s “Smile,” which uses live projection and audio interviews to place audiences at the center of a Harlem-born photographer’s family archive.

Ms. Bland is a storyteller who has dedicated her life to the proliferation of empathy. As a stage projection designer, she has designed for theater, dance and opera. His work as a videographer often explores ideas of heritage and memory.

Ms. Bland is interested in how media and technology can enhance these concepts and experiences.

Performances will take place live and in person, for a standing audience of only 20 people (people with disabilities or anyone requiring seating can call the box office to arrange accommodation).

Tickets are $ 20 and are available at the Bay Street box office by calling 631.725.9500 Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at [email protected]

The performances depend on the weather and will not be postponed.