Exit Zero: An Atlas of One City Block Through Time

A web-based "iDoc" documentary about one central city block in San Francisco, part of my hybrid theory-practice PhD dissertation, launching publicly in Spring 2019.


Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

A multi-media, evening-length solo performance piece with live music and live video projection. Six characters: Icarus, Pieter Brueghel, Henry Hudson, The Wall Street Minotaur, Amelia Earhart, and David Rockefeller take us on a journey from 16th-century Antwerp through 20th-century New York City.  

 

• written & performed by Samuael Topiary
• directed by Miguel Gutierrez
• live music Ryder Cooley
•  electronic sound by Peter Kerlin
• video by Samuael Topiary & Peter Kerlin
•  set design by Andrea Stanley
•  costumes by Jocelyn Davis
•  lighting design by Carrie Wood

 

 

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus premiered at the Abrons Arts Center November 11-20, 2010. It was developed during residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Experimental Television Center, Mount Tremper Arts, and a Media Fellowship at Dance Theater Workshop and was presented as work-in-progress at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Radar Reading Series, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and Dixon Place.

Two-time Bessie Award-winning choreographer/dancer Miguel Gutierrez directs this strange, funny, and chilling fugue about ambition and recklessness. Accompanied by Peter Kerlin‘s electronic sound score, with live musical saw, ukelele, and accordion by Ryder CooleyIcarus blends video projections, sock puppets, spoken word and original song, along with costumes designed by Jocelyn Davis, set design by Andrea Stanley, and lighting by Carrie Wood. Using Pieter Brueghel’s painting “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” as a jumping off point, performer Samuael Topiary questions the human compulsion to escape our physical limits, tempt fate and reach for the unattainable.


CYBERSTROIKA

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1995 | Co-Producer, Curator and Multimedia Installation Artist
a special multimedia exposition of queer visions of the future
part of  Frameline's 19th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco

co-produced with Jeffrey Winter, Jose Guevara, Samuael Topiary, David Averbach, Cary Boisvert, Bert Green and Nicole Scheller
co-presented by Please Louise Productions, Museo Contempo, Frameline and Southern Exposure

incorporating the work of over 100 artists in six main exhibition areas:
The Safer Sex Visitors Center, The Hal 2000 Social Plan, The CyberExpo, ZöLoft, a cyber-pirate space-ship rave installation, the Bargain Basement.

view CYBERZINE brochure [pdf]


TECHNOPIA - host of SHTUDIO SHOW 

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From 2005-06, Technopia was the host of the infamous Shtudio Show at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, where she conducted interviews with numerous cultural luminaries of the dance and performance world including Deborah Hay, Vallejo Gantner, Cathy Edwards, Gia Kourlas and Carla Peterson. 

Shtudio Show was  a multi-disciplinary performance party curated by choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and hosted by Jeremy Wade, Loren Dempster, and Jonah Bokaer at Chez Bushwick, a live/work loft space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Shtudio Show offered a “shmorgasbord of cutting-edge dance, new music and other performance.” 

 

Reviews/Newspaper Articles:

"DANCE; Grab a Beer and Watch Dance Grow in Brooklyn," Gia Kourlas, NY Times, April 9, 2006.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE4DE1030F93AA35757C0A9609C8B63

https://gaycitynews.nyc/gcn_507/7days.html

http://gaycitynews.nyc/gcn_509/anartistlabgrows.html


See Level 

2003 | Projection Designer
David Dorfman Dance Company

  • The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2003 - world premiere;
  • Connecticut College, Hartford, CT, 2003;
  • Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, JCC, San Francisco, CA, 2005

Dance Magazine: "Samuael Topiary's striking video design of lapis lazuli seas and textural close-ups human skin created a rich visual environment..."

Allan Ulrich's review : "...Samuael Topiary's impressive visual design"

Rita Felciano's review: "...Samuael Topiary’s excellent video design... In addition to projecting mirror images of continents rubbing against each, Topiary created a series of ocean derived videos, sometimes literal sea shores with lapping waves but also dark sea walls full of mysterious movement, and a sense of underwater life. Every once in a while the dancers were magnetically drawn to these ominous water images, only to go back to their games of attraction and repulsion. Chris Peck’s excellent score of scratchy sounds and revving motors had a similarly threatening ebb and flow to it. Beautifully danced by this quartet of highly individualistic yet excellently coalescing performers, “See Level” owes much of its effectiveness to its collaborating artists."


SNATCHEL

2003 | 14 min. dance piece by CROWD: Abby Crain, Anna Azrielli & Samuael Topiary

choreography by Abby Crain & Anna Azrielli
original soundscore  by Samuael Topiary

performed at Judson Church, New York City, 2003

https://vimeo.com/18864852


I SUCCUMB 

2003 |Projection Designer

Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People

Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY


VAGINA DENTATA

 

1996 | An improvisational dance performance exploring feminism & misogyny
by Hip Circle Improvisations, a collaboration with Abby Crain.

Sound score by The Daughters of Houdini

Developed in residency at The Jon Sims Center, SF, CA

Performed at ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA, 1996.

https://vimeo.com/213305549


The Fool

1996 | dance, 35mm slide projections, video and live music

A multi-character, solo performance piece exploring the archetype of The Fool.
The Lab, San Francisco, 1997

featuring:

  • a court jester - dance improvisation
  • FloraZena Hamburger, a performance artist from NJ
  • Edie 86, a club kid who gets kicked out of clubs for misbehaving
  • Technopia, an interplanetary expert on the Rave
  • Violet, a contact improv terrorist who takes the audience hostage

The Fall

1995 | A talking dance piece.

Written and performed by Samuael Topiary
Choreographed by Miguel Gutierrez
Soundscore by The Daughters of Houdini

 

The Fall at PS 122 - Sister Spit tour, 1997
https://vimeo.com/213305278