Leda is Back

Hey all,

Visit this link for SOUNDING tickets:  https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/703235

Or buy them at the box office of HERE Arts Center at 145 6th Ave (entrance on Dominick Street).

Can’t wait to see you there!



Leda played by Okwui singing at Joe’s Pub on August 23

Just follow this link to see more photos of Okwui, Todd, Kamala, Drew and Jenny Turner:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40007811@N05/3851549122/ or browse my photostream.

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This morning, we reworked all of Leda’s scenes with the Stranger in preparation for Tal to reshoot these scenes sometime in September. We made some great discoveries in coming back to this material after first working on it a year ago. Today, we found new rhythms and uncovered a deeper approach to the material.

We also rehearsed the duet between the Stranger and Leda again with Kamala and Drew for the Joe’s Pub gig – Watching Okwui & Todd sing together, I had a great revelation about how I should restage the song for the actual show using the absence of the Stranger in the actual staging  — I can’t wait to try this.

All of the prep work  and rethinking about the Stranger sparked a discussion between Jenny, Tal and I about how to clarify the role of the Stranger’s different video presences – in the past as a memory and in the present as a haunting – this really got us much clearer and things started clicking in a truly exciting way.

today we were working on Eamon (Rudy) and charlotte  (Irene)- they are both these walled-up people who completely open up to each other  in surprising passionate ways.

we did the photo shoot for Josh’s degradation project – we managed to created six completely different locations in our rehearsal room.

we ended the day drinking wine during a great music rehearsal for the Joe’s Pub gig. Todd and Okwui sound great together – we haven’t heard them sing together in almost a year— Kamala and Drew will play live with them and last night we had a blast playing together.

We are so thrilled to be joined by Taylor Mac, Luminescent Orchestrii, and Chris Wells. Here’s what you can expect -other details about the gig in the July 3 post.

ACTIVATION! The legendary TAYLOR MAC unleashes THE LILY’S REVENGE: a self-uprooted lily goes on a quest to combat its oppressors and destroy nostalgia.  For your eyes only, a special preview of his latest piece of stunning theatrical activism – down with cultural homogeneity!  Elaborate costumes, puppets, live music & vaudevillian hijinks soon to take over HERE Arts Center.  Open your petals.

ILLUMINATION! Lush, raw & sexy LUMINESCENT ORCHESTRII sends three shooting stars from its firmament to fuel our show!  RIMA FAND, SARAH ALDEN & SXIP SHIREY will glamour you with their gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos & saucy lyrics.  Around the world & into Joe’s Pub.  Let loose.

INVOCATION! Award-winning writer/performer CHRIS WELLS creates original performances & radical live events.  He inspires us all as founder of artist’s sanctuary THE SECRET CITY, bringing community back to New York’s art world.  American Theatre calls him “PROPHETIC.”  Backstage West calls him “MAGICAL.”  Bring your sense of adventure – he’s prepared something special.

JOE’S PUB with HERE Arts Center and First Fig



Sunday, August 23, 2009
7:00pm – 8:45pm
JOE’S PUB @ The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St. (btwn. E. 4th & Astor Place)
New York, NY

LEDA IS BACK, better than ever at JOE’S PUB. Call her what you want: cult hero, underground idol, art rock goddess, tease. Did she really retire? Was her disappearance just a publicity stunt? New songs, new music, new voice. PLUS – surprise performances from LEDA’s friends. Featuring Okwui Okpokwasili, Kamala Sankaram, Todd d’Amour, Kristin Marting, Jennifer Gibbs – and more to be announced!

A genre-defying leap into fresh music, writing & performance. Brought to you by HERE Arts Center with FIRST FIG collective – proceeds benefit SOUNDING, our upcoming production at HERE in February 2010. Be the first to hear the sound. TIX ONLY $15 – click on Joe’s Pub link below – get ‘em while they last!

INCARNATION! Bessie Award-winning OKWUI OKPOKWASILI is a performer/writer/dancer who spins ancient rituals into newborn stories. You know she’s an all-around downtown stunner. You’ve seen her in theater, on film and dancing with Ralph Lemon. Maybe you’ve caught her alter ego, Karaoke Hostess Gracie Man/shun. Prepare to meet her latest embodiment: art rock goddess LEDA. Be spellbound.

REVELATION! Wildly inventive composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist KAMALA SANKARAM and her ensemble breed film noir with electronica and opera to create a new species of music. Ride the waves.

TEMPTATION! LEDA knows him as THE STRANGER, but TODD D’AMOUR has also seduced as Stanley, Brando, Blanche & Stella – all in the same show: STANLEY, his HERE- based collaboration with Lisa d’Amour on a multi-media homage to post-flood New Orleans. Now he’ll play you his own songs. Enjoy a rare taste.

ANTIDOTE! Southern-born storyteller JENNY TURNER HALL is equal parts humor, grit, vulgarity and grace. Now she’s back on stage with her one-woman insulin shot SWEET TALK. Go ahead, have some down-n-dirty fun.

LEDA! Once New York’s art-rock goddess, LEDA is now wife to a psychiatrist. But a Dionysian musician from her past, THE STRANGER, refuses to release her. As she mourns the death of her infant child, LEDA confronts the upheaval THE STRANGER brings one weekend, when ex-lovers collide and realign at a ridiculous rate. LEDA is the lead character in SOUNDING, a hybrid music/video/theater piece premiering at HERE Arts Center in February 2010. Her music is influenced by Patti Smith, Bartok and Portishead. SOUNDING and LEDA are the result of an intense, long-term collaboration in the HERE Artist Residency Program. Script and lyrics are by JENNIFER GIBBS, direction is by KRISTIN MARTING, music composition is by KAMALA SANKARAM. SOUNDING is based on a screenplay co-written by JENNIFER GIBBS & JENNY TURNER HALL, and is loosely inspired by Ibsen’s LADY FROM THE SEA.