As previously reported in Almanac Weekly, the incipient Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts venue is hosting its inaugural season at various venues in Catskill and Hudson, without benefit of a completed performance hall, via what it’s calling the Under Construction Summer Festival. The next presentation takes place this weekend outdoors on the Lumberyard site: Singular Extreme Actions (SEA), a gravity-defying performance by the Brooklyn-based company known as the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, a/k/a SLAM or just Streb.
Founded by Elizabeth Streb, an innovative choreographer who made waves by incorporating trapeze skills into modern dance, the Streb company is as likely to perform its “Extreme Actions” on the streets and in sports stadiums as in theaters and art museums. SEA is described as “a wild kaleidoscope of Action Events and music; human bodies careening through, around, and above invented hardware accompanied by local guest deejays and Streb’s resident deejay and emcee.”
Performances of SEA will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Tickets for this family-friendly movement extravaganza cost $30.
Then, on Saturday, July 14, the Lumberyard will host a “night under the stars” featuring light bites from Ca’Mea Restaurant, beverages from local Hudson breweries and Truck: a movement performance inside a 17-foot U-Haul truck by Bridgman|Packer Dance. Through Bridgman|Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary box truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space, a micro-world of visions and transformation. Exploring how context changes perception, the work ranges from evocative to humorous, to sensuous, to wacky.
There will be two performances of Truck, beginning at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets cost $55 including refreshments. To order tickets for either event, visit www.lumberyard.org. The Lumberyard is located at 62 Water Street in Catskill.