PROTOTYPE presents its second iteration of Out of Bounds, a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces. Out of Bounds 2018 will features the work of two composer-musicians working across diverse vocal practices: Tori Wrånes and Alicia Hall Moran. Out of Bounds 2018 is a platform for new vocal performance pieces taking place in unlikely locations throughout New York. Through the works, public sites will become temporary spaces of contact, exchange, and refreshed social dynamics.
Alicia Hall Moran presents Breaking Ice: The Battle of the Carmens, a new vocal work for an ice skating audience, featuring Ice Theatre of New York. The piece draws on inspiration from the artist's childhood as a figure skater, notions of cultural competition, and the historic 1988 Winter Olympics, when two leading figure skaters independently chose to skate to Bizet's Carmen. Breaking Ice takes place on a public ice skating rink and uses competitive skating as a frame for exploring the feeling of otherness and the discords of holding more than one single cultural identity.
Tori Wrånes (Norway) will create a new piece in response to a New York public site through a ten-day New York residency period during which the artist will research and develop an original work. The piece will integrate the artist's "Troll Technique", an improvised, non-verbal language based on rhythm and temperament.
Out of Bounds 2018 is organized by PROTOTYPE Associate Producer Raul Zbengheci. All performances will take place in New York public sites and will be free and open to the public.
Made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Breaking Ice was developed through National Sawdust's Artist in Residence program.
Photo of Tori Wraånes in YES NIX, Performa 2013. Photo by Pål Halvorsen
Tori Wrånes is a vocalist and artist, combining voice and sculpture in the field of performance. Her use of sounds, musical instruments, costumes, props, architecture and sculptures deforms her appearance and creates new dreamlike constellations. Wrånes creates landscapes where everyday objects are reinterpreted as small adventures. Choreography with sound might be a good way to describe her work, be it solo or with multiple performers, like singers on bikes, musicians in a chairlift, or saw players seated in trees. Lately, Wrånes has been occupied with developing her own Troll-technique; an improvised, non-verbal, language based on rhythm and temperament. Her recent works include Hot Pocket at Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, DRASTIC PANTS, at Carl Freedman Gallery in London, STONE and SINGER commissioned for the 19Th Biennale of Sydney 2014, YES NIX, a commissioned work for PERFORMA 13, New York; Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka; CCA Lagos, Nigeria and Sculpture Center, New York. This autumn she will participate with a soloshow at Kunsthall Charlottenburg, København, Lagos Biennale, Nigeria, Kuir Festival Bogota´, Colombia and PROTOTYPE New York. Wrånes is represented by Carl Freedman Gallery, London.
Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, is a multi-dimensional artist performing and composing in and between the genres of Opera, Contemporary Art, Theater, and Jazz. Ms. Moran made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, starring as Bess on the celebrated 20-city American tour. “Moran finds the truth of the character in her magnificent voice,” Los Angeles Times. A unique vocalist performing across the fine arts and in her own contemporary work, Ms. Moran’s creativity has been tapped by celebrated artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Adam Pendleton, Joan Jonas, Ragnar Kjartansson, Simone Leigh, Liz Magic Laser, and Bill T. Jones, musicians like Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, and the band Harriet Tubman. Ms. Moran’s artist residencies include Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MASSMoCA, and National Sawdust. She has been been commissioned by ArtPublic/Miami Art Basel, Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, and Histories Remixed/Art Institute Chicago, and PROTOTYPE Fetival. Moran has rewritten the script for the classical-pop hybrid singer, with critically-acclaimed works such as HEAVY BLUE, the motown project, The Five Fans, Breaking Ice/Battle of the Carmens, and Black Wall Street, a personal historical take on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 which premiered at the 2016 River To River Festival after developing at National Sawdust and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/Women In Jazz. In partnership with husband and collaborator Jason Moran, she generated work for the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Ms. Moran’s transcendent vocal performances travel effortlessly from the jazz club to symphony orchestra, from contemporary opera to contemporary visual art contexts. Moran has performed at The Village Vanguard, The Stone, Jazz@Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, San Francisco Jazz, Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra Pops, Chicago Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic;, Opera Southwest, and Opera of the North. Her upcoming album releases winter 2018.