New Works in Public Spaces

Out of Bounds 2018

January 11, 14, 18, 19, 2018

PROTOTYPE presented its second iteration of Out of Bounds, a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces. Out of Bounds 2018 featured the work of two composer-musicians working across diverse vocal practices: Tori Wrånes and Alicia Hall Moran. Out of Bounds 2018 was a platform for new vocal performance pieces taking place in unlikely locations throughout New York. Through the works, public sites became 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 CarmenBreaking 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.


Breaking Ice: The Battle of the Carmens 
January 11 at 1:40pm, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
January 14 at 2:30pm, Denny Ferrell Riverbank State Park Skating Complex (679 Riverside Drive, New York)


Tori Wrånes (Norway) PROTOTYPE presents a new public performance by Norwegian artist and composer Tori Wrånes, starting in Washington Square Park’s Northwest Corner. The best way to describe Wrånes’s work may be Choreography with sound, be it solo or with multiple performers, like singers on bikes (YES NIX, Performa 13), musicians in a chairlift, or cows with 12 toned scaled bells. (TRACK of HORNS, Transart 15 in the alps of Italy).


THE FUTURE IS OPEN responds critically to the recent White House directive to the Center for Disease Control to cease using words such as transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. Featuring Wrånes solo vocalizations, a group of five performers, and a dreamlike arrangement of additional body parts and prosthetics, THE FUTURE IS OPEN proposes fluid, ever-transforming identities and a few fresh small breaths for a new year.


January 18 at 5:30pm, Washington Square Park, Northwest Corner
January 19 at 5:30pm, Washington Square Park, Northwest Corner


Performers: Eryka Dellenbach, Shiloh Hodges, Nikima Jagudajev, Tone Kittelsen, Vic Serra
Costume Coordinator: Eleanor O’Connell
Costume Assistant: Eva Jaunzemis
Seamstress: Keeva Halferthy
Sound Engineer: Peter Fonda
Sound Effects: Gunn Tove Grønsberg
Synths: Laura Marie Rueslåtten and Peter Fonda
Production: PROTOTYPE, Halla Tryggvadottir, Tone Kittelsen, Ciara Cornelius
Special Thanks: Pål Halvorsen
Curated for PROTOTYPE by Raul Zbengheci


This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by The SHS Foundation and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Out of Bounds 2018 made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Photos by Charles Roussel.