Saint Genet/Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell

Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell creates large-scale pieces that range from symphonies and experimental plays in abandoned buildings, to durational performances in museum reflecting pools, boxing matches in filthy alleyways, rooftop performances atop doomed domiciles, ether induced “madness opera”, grandiose architectural wakes, and sublime blood fueled social reckonings. His pieces are neither purely plays or performance art commodity; neither complete spectacle or didactic diatribe. They are works that are vanishing. Mitchell was co-founder and director of revolutionary theatre company Implied Violence , where he wrote, produced and directed 29 major pieces, and was awarded Robert Wilson’s prestigious Watermill Residency, as well as The Stranger Genius Award. His works have been seen nationally and internationally, including an exhibition at The Frye Art Museum, donaufestival,, The Guggenheim NYC: Works and Process Festival, The Luminato Festival, The Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen. Mitchell co-curated The Frye Art Museum’s Moment Magnitude exhibition and is currently a guest professor at Die Angewandte in Vienna, where he creates experimental performance laboratories. His most recent works are a trilogy of 8 hour “Madness Opera” which have been produced at WUK (Vienna) and supported by Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.

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