Included among the 60+ partcipating artists this year are Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma/Talk, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Kate Valk & Liz LeCompte/Talk/Wooster Group, Jess Barbagallo & Tina Satter, Aaron Landsman and Carl Hancock Rux/Mabou Mines. Among the festival's 17 venues this year are Segal Theatre Center, The Tank, The Brick, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Park Avenue Armory, Newtown Creek Nature Walk, Jersey City Theatre Center and The Watermill Center.
After the time of COVID, the New York theater and performance landscape woke up to a new reality where nearly every aspect of theater and performance has changed. Theaters are experiencing a collapse of the subscription system, a loss of audiences, and the closure of spaces and festivals. But is it really the doom and gloom we talk and read about? Theater artists, ensembles and institutions from New York’s vibrant performing arts scene are coming up with radical ideas, new spaces, and inspiring projects. PRELUDE ’23 asks artists and audiences: Do we need a renaissance to get back to where we were before—or do we need a revolution? The festival will feature a wide array of new work created by artists at the forefront of contemporary theater and performance, as well as a series of artist talks and panels that put artistic practice in conversation with critical discourse while debating tradition, change and the ethics and politics of making work in response and relation to racial capitalism, climate collapse and a new environment for the arts in the 21st Century.
Visit thesagalcenter.org for full festival schedule.