NYC’s genre-bending Temporary Distortion mines the worlds of Japanese ghost stories and J-Horror in Americana Kamikaze. Inside one of Temporary Distortion’s signature box structures, an East-meets... More
About this performance
NYC’s genre-bending Temporary Distortion mines the worlds of Japanese ghost stories and J-Horror in Americana Kamikaze. Inside one of Temporary Distortion’s signature box structures, an East-meets-West psychological horror story unspools, complete with vengeful spirits, impossible physical manipulations, elliptical storylines, nightmarish cinematography and stunning visuals. Temporary Distortion has been making new works that seamlessly blend theater, cinema and installation since 2002. Their work has been presented in the US, Canada, France and Austria.
Presented by Performance Space 122.
Performance: Nov 13, 2009
Venue: Performance Space 122 | New York, NY
Duration: 70 min
Posted: Nov 18, 2009
Cast & Credits
|Written & Directed by||Kenneth Collins|
|Cast||Brian Greer Yuki Kawahisa Lorraine Mattox Ryosuke Yamada|
|Video Projections||William Cusick|
|Cameos||Peter Blomquist Stephanie Silver|
|Music & Sound||John Sully|
|Set & Lights||Kenneth Collins|
|Motion Graphics||Jon Weiss|
|Assistant Director||Jamie Poskin|
|Assistant Lighting Designer||Joe Cantalupo|
|Technical Director||William Cusick|
About The Artist
Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage. Temporary Distortion was formed in 2002 by writer/director/designer Kenneth Collins when he began staging intimate performances in claustrophobic, life-size shadow boxes that eventually evolved into much larger, open-frame structures. These later stage constructions expanded the form of the shadow box and included numerous multifaceted assemblages made of industrial lights, microphones, speakers, television monitors, and video projection surfaces. In 2007 the company began work on a trilogy of film genre deconstructions merging theater and cinema. Most recently, Temporary Distortion's work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performance and live music. The company is based in New York City. Its work has been seen throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
“Temporary Distortion just keep elevating their game. You could call that game sculptural video, or perhaps living set design, or maybe just multimedia ravishment.“ - TimeOut NY
Japanese-Style Horror, on Screen and Stage
“Refracting a Japanese ghost story through an American experimental sensibility, Temporary Distortion, integrating mind-blowing video images and theatrical tension, has created a nightmarish pop aesthetic that deserves your attention.” - New York Times
"...an impressive achievement and pretty frightening" - Backstage
J-horror chills via multimedia theater.
"Legitimately frightening…ravishing, cinematic video." - Time Out New York
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