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Mica Sigourney

MASTERWORK

MAR 22-25, THU-SUN

MASTERWORK imageMASTERWORK is the most important performance of our generation and time, created and directed by one of the most important performers/artists of our generation and time — Mica Sigourney. With insightful vision and razor-sharp skill, Sigourney moulds his cast into a form that can only be described as “godlike”. Undercutting, subtextual, subtle and enormous, MASTERWORK is aptly named. This piece tells the audience “You are the audience. You will sit. You will be silent. And you will watch. You will know that you are the audience. We will impress you, and we will change you, and we will amaze you, and we will give you everything you ever wanted for 30 minutes.” Sigourney takes 12 of San Francisco’s most talented performers, known as “the disciples”, and sets them in images at once heartbreaking, profane and unimaginable. MASTERWORK not only addresses the macro performance but also the micro with fine pointed execution of physical movement through and within space. While specific issues of power and placement center and ground the piece, there also unfolds a beautiful maelstrom of ancient Greek-like pathos and popcultural decontextualization. MASTERWORK leaves us feeling like nothing can happen because everything already has.

Joining Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!) on the path to fame and fortune are the (in)famous personalities Laura Arrington, Harold Burns, Rachael Dichter, Kolmel WithLove, Elijah Minnelli, Trixxie Carr, Tessa Wills, and Dia Dear. The glamour and the gore will be captured by video paparazzo John Foster Cartwright.


Mica Sigourney (AKA VivvyAnne ForeverMORE)

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As student of theater and performance for 25 years, Sigourney has specialized in physical theater, improvisation and site specific performance. 6 years ago he fled the proscenium stage and traditional venues and refocused his energies on go-go performance installations and the populace stages of the nightlife. 2 years ago he created drag persona VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! and since has performed on stages and festivals in San Francisco, L.A. New York, and London, and in the deYoung, the New Museum (NYC) and Yerba Buena Center for the arts. In 2008 Sigourney founded the performance group OX of which he is the artistic director.

Sigourney also produces the WORK MORE! series, a twice a year drag production featuring nightlife performers presented in a “real” theater context, where their processes are exposed, and their boundaries pushed. As a writer his work has been featured as part of the Radar Reading series alongside San Francisco’s Poet Laureate.

OX

OX, founded in 2008, Mica Sigourney, explores the tension between artifice and authenticity through non-traditional physical theater, improvisation and site specific performance. OX self-produces large-cast live theater events, participates in large group shows and co-curates evening-length performances using traditional queer modalities of theatrics such as drag, nightlife entertainment and go-go performance as a point of departure.

OX is a loose knit group of fiercely committed, magically present and challengingly individual solo performers who come together to make whole works greater than the sum of their individualities under the creative direction of Mica Sigourney.

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Mica Sigourney's Blogs

Artist Interview: Mica Sigourney
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Mar 12th, 2012

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Alexander McQueen is dead, long live the McQueen
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Jan 30th, 2012

From Savage Beauty:

pg 17
“As a human being, he was far more complex, elusive and indeed more magical than any reductive media incarnation.”

pg 18
“…Rather than waiting for someone to disappoint he provokes them into a hostile reaction which confirms his worst suspicions and justifies his own behavior.”

pg 19
“It had very little to do with the clothes and more to do with him as a person. And it’s fundamentally true of anybody. Any interest in the clothes is secondary to the interest in a designer. You need to know you’re a good designer as well though…”

pg 20
“We’re not talking about models’ personal feelings here we’re talking about mine. It’s all about the way I feel about my life.”

pg 26
“He always needed to see how far he could push things, how far he could push himself and everyone who worked with him.”

pg 30
“You’ve got to learn the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

pg 74
“There’s blood beneath every layer of skin.”

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What is MASTERWORK
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Jan 11th, 2012

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Maryam Quit
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Jan 11th, 2012

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Masterwork Call for Auditions
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Aug 29th, 2011

The artist Mica Sigourney is seeking new members for his company specifically for work on his upcoming residence at CounterPULSE, with rehearsals starting in November and final showing on March 23 and 24th.

 

Requirements:

-Enthusiasm

-Focus

-Courage

-Ability to memorize texts and communicate them clearly

-Desire to work in an ensemble

-Willingness and joy at being directed

-Excitement, even if one of fear

 

If interested please email us at houseofhorseface@gmail.com with:

Name

Age

A short bio (explaining your performance/artmaking history or nonhistory).

Any experiences you think are relevant.

Availability for rehearsals.

Expectations and Fears.

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