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Sketching The Bard

Sketching The Bard

Greenpoint  

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CPT Studio Work (Reinhardt Recording Studio)

CPT Studio Work (Reinhardt Recording Studio)

New York 

Rodrigo Toscano (photo by Balan Villanueva)


Pig Angels of the Americlypse - improvisation (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Pig Angels of the Americlypse - improvisation (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Rodrigo Toscano & Cole Swenson (photo by Mel Nichols)


Pig Angels of the Americlypse (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Pig Angels of the Americlypse (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Jeremy Gardner, Rodrigo Toscano, Cole Swenson (photo by Mel Nichols)


Pig Angels of the Americlypse (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Pig Angels of the Americlypse (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Kelly Brown (photo by Mel Nichols)

“'Players can be of any age, gender, or accent' is appended to *every single* CPT piece." -- Rodrigo Toscano


Great Awakening "awake -- from yourself. shark teaser in a cage -- have exactitute!" (Yockadot)

Great Awakening "awake -- from yourself. shark teaser in a cage -- have exactitute!" (Yockadot)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Rodrigo Toscano & Kelly Brown (photo by Mel Nichols)


First Box "squirrel aside" (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

First Box "squirrel aside" (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Rodrigo Toscano (photo by Mel Nichols)

"The CPT fits into the poetry scene as a baby does in itchy burlap. The CPT fits in the drama scene as does a little crown, little scepter, little gown, all neatly stored in a metal suitcase (the dings are just dings)." -- Rodrigo Toscano


Spine (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Spine (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Jeremy Gardner & Tom Orange (photo by Mel Nichols)


Spine "compact, compatible, integratable, portable, versatile, streamlined design, user friendly"

Spine "compact, compatible, integratable, portable, versatile, streamlined design, user friendly"

Alexandria, Virginia  

Tom Orange (photo by Mel Nichols)


Pig Angels of the Americlypse (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Pig Angels of the Americlypse (Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Jeremy Gardner (photo by Mel Nichols)


Humana Ante Oculos "lieutenant, your hand!" (Woodland Pattern)

Humana Ante Oculos "lieutenant, your hand!" (Woodland Pattern)

Alexandria, Virginia  

Laura Elrick (photo by Anne Kingsbury)

"Check it out: not a minute to yourself, not a hang-nail’s worth of deliberation to relieve throughout your high capitalist day—everybody up to their necks with poems, and still, your poem—cannot be tested—any further!?" -- Rodrigo Toscano


Eco-Strato-Static (Woodland Pattern)

Eco-Strato-Static (Woodland Pattern)

Milwaukee, WI 

Rodrigo Toscano & Chuck Stebbleton (photo by Anne Kinsbury)


Humana Ante Oculos (Woodland Pattern)

Humana Ante Oculos (Woodland Pattern)

Milwaukee, WI 

Rodrigo Toscano, Roberto Harrison, Laura Elrick (photo by Kathy Cunningham)

"We don’t aim for after-theater candlelight dinner beauty standards, but a stringy-haired love-hangover quality" -- Rodrigo Toscano


Late Night Improvisation (Frankus Revividus Est!)

Late Night Improvisation (Frankus Revividus Est!)

Williamsburg  

Rodrigo Toscano & Frank Sherlock (photo by Laura Elrick)


First Box "fuzzblurr! / powerchord / dzzzh-turuturuturu! / LOVE HARD!" (Yockadot Festival)

First Box "fuzzblurr! / powerchord / dzzzh-turuturuturu! / LOVE HARD!" (Yockadot Festival)

Alexandria, VA 

Rod Smith & Tom Orange (photo by Kaplan Harris)


Yockadot Festival Audience

Yockadot Festival Audience

Alexandria, VA 

CPT Performance


Structuring The Contact Zone

Structuring The Contact Zone

Bushwick 

by RT


Drafting texts for "Clock, Deck, and Movement"

Drafting texts for "Clock, Deck, and Movement"

Bushwick  

by RT


Rodrigo Toscano, CPT Artistic Director, Writer

Rodrigo Toscano, CPT Artistic Director, Writer

Brooklyn, NY  

Boog City Festival, July 2007


Maxwell Heller, CPT New York Contact Zone Coordinator

Maxwell Heller, CPT New York Contact Zone Coordinator

Brooklyn, NY  

MH gearing up to coordinate "Cordoned" for December 2007 performance at Small Press Traffic Literary Reading Series.


Soundwork for "Cordoned"

Soundwork for "Cordoned"

Bushwick 

Maxwell Heller, Rodrigo Toscano, Balan Villanueva


Cordoned (California College of the Arts)

Cordoned (California College of the Arts)

San Francisco 

Lindsey Boldt, Dennis Somera, Erika Staiti (photo by Stephanie Young)

"The text for Cordoned can be characterized as a semi-contained social-psychological crisis, a formalization of an incipient collective consciousness from the vantage point of the collapse of a previous collective consciousness." - Rodrigo Toscano



Cordoned "spec?" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "spec?" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Lindsey Boldt (photo by Stephanie Young)


Cordoned "Motored Movement / 'here'" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "Motored Movement / 'here'" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Erika Staiti, Dennis Somera, David Brazil, Lindsey Boldt (photo by Stephanie Young)

"In the transition from one form of self-to-group-ratio to another, a momentary vacuum of un-“theorizable” causality (rendered bodily as opposed to “found” (and redirected) temporally), avails new tension-and-release points in the Inner Group’s potential to recombine." - Rodrigo Toscano


Cordoned "spec? / power spec! (context...)" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "spec? / power spec! (context...)" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Pro PROCESO Demonstration Video Clip (10 sec.), Venezuela (photo by Stephanie Young)


Cordoned "tie' em up tie' em up" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "tie' em up tie' em up" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Franciso 

Erika Staiti, David Brazil, Linsey Boldt, Dennis Somera (photo by Stephanie Young)


Cordoned "rope it up...at the base... / "feeling"...dumb show" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "rope it up...at the base... / "feeling"...dumb show" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Franciso 

David Brazil, Lindsey Boldt, Erika Staiti (photo by Stephanie Young)

"...neutral stance is truly neutral. not a "ready stance" on the balls of feet. players adjust/stretch/limber...encourages entities to remain aware of and respond to implications of performance unfolding *right now*" -- Maxwell Heller


Cordoned "unsurrendering...edifice... / (... jarring silence...)" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "unsurrendering...edifice... / (... jarring silence...)" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Dennis Somera (photo by Stephanie Young)

"This recombinatory activity is the practical-theoretical root of the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT), its projection outward into the Contact Zone signals and affirms that it is the Outer Groups’ continual formation (wrought by their respective “inner” dynamics), that is the CPT’s central, albeit anxious concern." -- Rodrigo Toscano


Cordoned "I grab what I grab cause I grip" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "I grab what I grab cause I grip" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

David Brazil, Lindsey Boldt (photo by Stephanie Young)


Cordoned "here...a slight... / en- / circle- / ment" (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "here...a slight... / en- / circle- / ment" (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Lindsey Boldt, David Brazil, Maxwell Heller, Erika Staiti, Dennis Somera (photo by Stephanie Young)

"by making sensual the revolutionary-necessary initial breach of a singular consciousness through the performance of Body Movement Parameters (BMP’s), the CPT finds itself already-un-cordoned (!) in the midst of a speculative metrics of mass subject-making." - Rodrigo Toscano


Cordoned "I compose -- 'power' -- " (Timken Hall, CCA)

Cordoned "I compose -- 'power' -- " (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Erika Staiti, Maxwell Heller, Lindsey Boldt, David Brazil, Dennis Somera (photo by Stephanie Young)

"The muted promise of historical futurity through common work is directed at the immediate (asleep but aroused, dreamy but prowling) Now." - Rodrigo Toscano


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Fransico 

Maxwell Heller, Alli Warren, Suzanne Stein (Timken Hall, CCA) (photo by Cynthia Sailers)


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Maxwell Heller doing BMP's (Body Movement Parameters) (photo by Cynthia Sailers)

"So that by making sensual the revolutionary-necessary initial breach of a singular consciousness through the performance of Body Movement Parameters (BMP’s), the CPT finds itself already-un-cordoned (!) in the midst of a speculative metrics of mass subject-making." -- Rodrigo Toscano


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Rodrigo Toscano and Maxwell Heller doing BMP's [minute 15] (photo by Cynthia Sailers)

"...the muted promise of historical futurity through common work is directed at the immediate (asleep but aroused, dreamy but prowling) Now..." -- Rodrigo Toscano


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Maxwell Heller and Rodrigo Toscano doing BMP's [minute 19] (photo by Cynthia Sailers)

"While Cordoned is an exploration of personal-mass politics through the spatiality and architectonics of bodies alongside others, while Clock, Deck and Movement is more an exploration of the time-release dimension of language and body-movement." -- Rodrigo Toscano


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Maxwell Heller and Rodrigo Toscano doing BMP's [minute 21] (photo by Cynthia Sailers)


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Rodrigo Toscano doing BMP's [minute 26] (photo by Cynthia Sailers)


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Timken Hall, CCA)

San Francisco 

Maxwell Heller, Alli Warren, Suzanne Stein, Stephanie Young (photo by Cynthia Sailers)


Transference

Transference

Greenpoint 

By RT


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Bowery Poetry Club)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Bowery Poetry Club)

Manhattan  

Maxwell Heller & Rodrigo Toscano doing BMP's (Body-Movement Parameters) (photo by Laura Elrick)

"Deep Emotion as opposed to Surface Emotion! Deep Emotion being something that’s episodically aggregative, multiplexed, like a poem’s internal associations (as a whole) meeting the “other” / “outside” / “world” (as a whole). The touch-point, dramatic beauty of that meeting like a Greenland ice-sheet dropping at midnight, barely seen, barely heard, hurting no one in particular…but still…a thunderous irreversible initiation into a new environment!" -- Rodrigo Toscano


"thumb pulled by passing clouds" Clock, Deck, and Movement (BPC)

"thumb pulled by passing clouds" Clock, Deck, and Movement (BPC)

Manhattan  

Kristin Prevallet, Holly Melgard, Paolo Javier, Maxwell Heller


Clock, Deck, and Movement (Bowery Poetry Club)

Clock, Deck, and Movement (Bowery Poetry Club)

Manhattan 

Maxwell Heller, Holly Melgard, and Paolo Javier read BMP's while Kristin Prevallet reads the "clock"


Zero Friends Card Deck (A & B Reading Series)

Zero Friends Card Deck (A & B Reading Series)

East Village, NYC 

Rodrigo Toscano & Paolo Javier read ZF deck


Veteran International Modernist checks out the scene

Veteran International Modernist checks out the scene

Greenpoint 

by RT


Temporality Trap

Temporality Trap

Greenpoint 

by RT


"it's off *our* rump we're not shifting!"

"it's off *our* rump we're not shifting!"

Greenpoint 

by RT


Trapped

Trapped

Greenpoint 

by RT


And we'll take a 7 minute break now

And we'll take a 7 minute break now

Greenpoint  

by RT


A 7 minute

A 7 minute

Greenpoint  

by RT


break

break

Greenpoint 

by RT


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