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PROTOTYPE: Out of Bounds

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About the Show

PROTOTYPE: Out of Bounds is a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces. Out of Bounds '17 features three emerging female composer/performers responding to the voices of female musicians from the radical punk music landscape of 1970s New York City.

Each performance will be recorded in late December in front of the sites of former iconic NY music venues: Max's Kansas City, CBGB's, and Mount Morris Park, site of the Harlem Cultural Festival. These videos will then be displayed in the HERE lobby throughout the duration of the festival. Each public performance will also be live streamed via Facebook live and projected in the HERE lobby in real time.

Conceived & Directed by Ashley Tata
Work & Performances by Leah Coloff, Amirtha Kidambi & Erin Rogers
Video Design by Michael Barringer
Costume Design by Jessica Posteraro

Leah Coloff
Inspired by Patti Smith’s Kimberly and a set at CBGB’s.

January 6 at 1:30pm
60 Wall Street Atrium (Deutsche Bank Lobby Entrance to the 2 and 3 Train Lines)

January 7 at 7:00pm
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (Lobby)
*Requires a ticket to the Breaking the Waves performance on January 7


Amirtha Kidambi
Inspired by Nina Simone's performance at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. 

January 5 at 1:00pm
60 Wall Street Atrium (Deutsche Bank Lobby Entrance to the 2 and 3 Train Lines)

January 9 at 1:00pm
Brookfield Place New York (Winter Garden)
Co-Presented with Arts Brookfield  


Erin Rogers
Inspired by Lydia Lunch - Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, from a live performance at Max's Kansas City. Original text and score are inspired by Lunch's tracks Less of Me, Burning Rubber, and I Woke Up Dreaming

January 11 at 8:45pm 
HERE Lobby

January 12 at 1:15pm
Whitehall Terminal (Staten Island Ferry Terminal)
4 Whitehall Street





Artist Bio

Ashley Tata (Director) is a freelance director working principally in the fields of new opera and multi-media performance. Recently: Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit with Wet Ink Ensemble (EMPAC); Molière’s Don Juan (Fisher Center, Bard College); George Lam’s Heartbreak Express (Rhymes with Opera); thingNY’s This Takes Place Close By (Knockdown Center); Mojiao Wang's opera Encounter (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing); Venture Opera’s Don Pasquale (National Opera Center, NYC); Lainie Fefferman’s oratorio Here I Am featuring Newspeak Ensemble and Va Vocals (Roulette); Morningside Opera Company’s A Weimar Flute, (Housing Works Bookstore); and a multi-media concert staging of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs with video by Bill Morrison (Atlas Theatre, DC and The Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Beth Morrison Projects). She has worked as an assistant on numerous Beth Morrison Projects, and with directors Robert Woodruff, Daniel Fish, JoAnne Akalaitis and Jay Scheib. She currently works as an associate with Michael Counts. Recipient of the Lotos Foundation's Emerging Artist Prize in the Arts and Sciences. MFA Columbia University. As one of the finalists of the 2017 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase, she will be presenting her team’s design of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied at the Opera America Conference in Dallas this May. 

Leah Coloff (Composer & Performer) is a cellist singer/songwriter and composer described by The New York Times as “a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness”, Leah has worked with composers such as Philip Glass, Joel Thome, Sean Friar, Michael Gordon and Ted Hearne. Her Credits include the premieres of Ridge Theater’s Lightning At Our Feet as cellist/singer/performer and the Beth Morrison production of Ted Hearne’s The Source, as cellist. Her recent discography: The Source (New Amsterdam), selected top 10 classical recordings of  2015 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, Outlanders (New Amsterdam 2016) and ThisTree (searchingeye 2014) the album inspiring the multimedia theatrical song cycle of the same name about family, memory, secrets and loss. ThisTree is receiving commissioning, development, and production support from HERE as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program. Leah is a regular performer at the Obie Award winning Secret City and the cellist for the Scorchio String Quartet, featured in the award winning documentary “Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome” performing Thome’s mandala based work CeEsEs. Leah studied with Irene Sharp at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, followed by Graduate studies with Bernard Greenhouse at The New England Conservatory of Music.

Amirtha Kidambi (Composer & Performer) is invested in the performance and creation of music, from free improvisation and jazz, to experimental bands, and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator, and ensemble member in groups including the early music inspired dark folk band Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson's newest quintet Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Darius Jones, Peter Evans, Trevor Dunn, and many innovators in the New York scene.  Recent collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’ Dialogue Social, Darius Jones’ The Oversoul Manual at Carnegie Hall, a premiere of electronic composer Ben Vida’s work Slipping Control for voice and electronics with Tyondai Braxton at the Borderline Festival in Athens, Greece, the premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s final opera CRASH at the Whitney Biennial, a Jazz Gallery commission for Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl and a commission from the Jerome Foundation for her quartet Elder Ones at Roulette and artist residency at EMPAC to record the group’s debut album Holy Science (Northern Spy Records). Amirtha is also 2016-2017 Asian Cultural Council Fellow, and will travel to India for intensive study in Carnatic vocal music in the Summer of ’17.

Erin Rogers (Composer & Performer) Born and raised in Western Canada, Erin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and, in 2005, received master’s degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University. Her major teachers were Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, William H. Street, Laurie Radford and Howard Bashaw. A featured guest artist at the annual Taiwan Saxophone Camp in Taipei, Taiwan. Erin has given lectures/masterclasses at Peabody Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College, Kent State University, and Illinois State University. In 2006, Erin joined the publishing team at Peermusic Classical, located in midtown Manhattan. Erin is Treasurer of the Music Publisher’s Association. Founded in 1895, the MPA is the oldest music trade organization in the United States.

Michael Barringer (Video Designer) is a filmmaker, performer, and writer living in Brooklyn. He has directed and edited music videos for artists Golem, Joel Michael Howard, and sullivann. He has made experimental short films, video installations for theatrical pieces, and has collaborated with Queens-based arts collective Flux Factory. As a member of Caborca, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, and Rady&Bloom, he has developed and performed work at Ars Nova, Walkerspace, HERE Arts Center, Incubator, Dixon Place, chashama, Pregones, and others. Upcoming projects: director of Visiting Hours, a short film about long-lost friends reuniting in a rehab clinic; editor and co-writer of a documentary about train-hopping anarchist hobos; and co-cinematographer of The Entitlement, the debut feature-length film produced by Caborca.

Jessica Posteraro (Costume Designer) was born in Miami, Florida to an Italian father and a Haitian mother. Her multi-cultural heritage has fostered many rich and rewarding experiences that continually inspire her as an artist. After earning her Bachelors of Architecture, her focused slowly shifted from telling stories through the built environment to storytelling through textiles as a costume designer. Jessica received her Master’s in Costume Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives and works in New York City in costume design, illustration and textile sculpture. Jessica spends her spare time enjoying all the delicious things the city has to offer, collecting and trying to store, beautiful things that inspire her work. For more information please visit