Archive for December, 2011

Wonderland at the St George Ball – Dec 10, 2011

December 1, 2011

Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, SI, NY 10301

Sat Dec 10 7-11 pm

  Free for Museum members/ $5 for non-members

“Are you Alice?” is the question on everyone’s lips lately. Whether you are, or aren’t the little blonde in blue, the Queen of Hearts or just a card, you are invited to explore “Wonderland” at the St. George Ball with Day de Dada on Saturday, December 10 at the Staten Island Museum, 7:00 – 11:00pm. Wonderland is an interactive party with wildly interesting performances inspired by the story of Alice and her journey being carried out throughout the night’s festivities in every curious corner, courtyard and couloir.

Here’s what you can expect to find at Wonderland:

Nicie Poris, Lys Riganti,  Rachel Jensen “Much of a Muchness”

`Once upon a time there were three little sisters, and their names were Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well….They were learning to draw, and they drew all manner of things–everything that begins with an M–‘

Vivian Vassar   “Choose !”

The White Queen invites the audience to play a game  of chance and intrigue.  Every playing card holds a key – choose one  – find out what your Queen commands !

Leslie Lowe  “the Grin of the Cheshire Cat”

Richard Plunkett   Michael Tuscarelli  

The museum courtyard, installation, sound, couriouser and couriouser

Mary Campbell   “The Lobster Quadrille”

Dance in the style of square dancing to quadrille music songs created from the poem in “Alice in Wonderland”

 MT_ L. Brandon Krall   “ANOTHERalice”

ANOTHERalice is a new form of ‘interrogative filming’ that mixes recitation + improvisation, from costumed and inspired Guests performing_ All the world’s a stage on December 10th

 Jonathan Leiter

Reuben Sandwich may be the Knave of Hearts – will he or won’t he give up those tarts ?

Michele Guttenberg   “Queen of Hearts”

Clothing painted, worn and  inhabited to become the Red Queen.

 Jim Jeffers  “White Rabbit”

Tell the white rabbit an adventure story (autobiographical or fantastic) and receive an origami white rabbit…

Phil Sanders  

An interactive digital illusion to help you go down the rabbit hole and back up again.

Ned Sessa   “Self-Nedicated*”

Expect: spontaneous off-tha-dome beatbox beats & rhymes combined with synthesized Kao$.  In addition: A dj set including everything danceable under tha sun. “Free your mind and your ass will follow.”

Mark Semanchik   “Are you Alice? “

Over the last few months people in Staten Island have answered the question “Are you Alice?”  Their video taped answers will play and viewers will be enticed to ask themselves the same question ….

Francesca Leoni & Davide Mastrangelo of CON-TATTO    “Wonder-Land?”

Where or what is wonderland? this is the question we wanted to answer in our video performance, using the eyes of a contemporary Alice as the point of view.  Is wonderland real? Or is just a dream?  We invite the viewers to take the place of Alice and find an answer.

Elektromotif- Marguerite Rivas, Doug Prinicipato and Will Wynn  “The Mad Tea Party Jam”

The Mad Tea Party Jam, a poetry/music improvisation with ElektroMótif, featuring Wil Wynn, Marguerite Maria Rivas, and The Grand Pepper of Reality.

Nan Smith “Alice – Ecila”

Alice explores the magical world of wonderland filled with fantastic mythical imaginary creatures.  Inner and outer mind alive.

Helen Levin   “Percussive Fandango Stomp”

Joanna Dawe and Amelia Sanders will lead Helen Levins “Percussive Fandango” To celebrate the GESTURE show, THE GESTURE IN PAINT AND SOFTWARE, add “Human” Software to the list, and with our bodies celebrate gesture in a  “stomp”  The audience will add the sound and the movement while Flamenco music plays.

Ed Weiss   “Alice Austen’s Amazing Adventures in the Wonderland of Staten Island.”   (Part of the Forgotten History of Staten Island series)

John Foxell  “My Friends “

An installation of assemblages and sculptures by Staten Island artists John Foxell using found objects collected on his daily walks and travels through Wonderland.

Bobaloo  “Wandering Minstrel”

Bobbaloo, well known Staten Island musician and storyteller, leads the way through Wonderland.  Follow the pipes ……

Joy Ryder  “White Rabbit”

Joy Rider leads us all in a singalong of “White Rabbit”  song from Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow

and Brendan Coyle as the Mad Hatter (of course)


CON-TATTO is a video performance art company created by Francesca Leoni and Davide Mastrangelo, that creates videos, live performances and installations. (photograph by Emiliano Campores )