New Season, New Projects

Hello!

It has been a long while since my last update so there is quite a bit to get to.

First off, THE ESSENTIAL ELLA MAYTHORNE received a completely sold-out, standing room only, world premiere at Dixon Place on February 19th. It was thrilling to bring this fresh and important play about sexual violence on college campuses to audiences. We’re back in the development phase, incorporating what we learned in February into a new draft which will have a table read next week. 

This month is filled with small spurts of new dance. Earlier this month, I competed as a choreographer in XYZ NYC's quarterly dance event. Inspired by reality-tv, this event pairs a choreographer with new dancers and challenges them to create a new dance based upon a certain theme within just one week. With my two dancers, we created 8 minutes of choreography in 15 hours of rehearsal time and WON the competition! Now I’ll be moving on to the Championship Round on April 21st. I’m very excited to be back at it again and would absolutely love your support. The stakes are high as the winner will receive a 2-3 night show at The Tank exclusively for their work. I hope you can make it.

This week I’m in the midst of creating a series of pop-up dances for the Creators Collective’s Spring Party this Saturday, April 2nd. In February, I restaged a duet from AND IT FELT LIKE A KISS for their “Ready Freddy’s” event at Freddy’s in Park Slope (video available here) and they invited me back to be a part of this exciting marathon of performances taking place on Saturday. I’m choreographing a series of duets utilizing the actual bar space at Freddy’s to create an immersive thread to the party. Guests will be introduced to the characters early in the night and follow their relationship. Tickets and more information are available here

The Creators Collective is a terrific group of makers and producers who have quickly become quite supportive of my work, so I’d love to share Saturday with you.

And now for an exciting announcement: Over the past several months I have become more and more entrenched in, entranced by, and obsessed with vloggers (video bloggers) That is, people that maintain YouTube channels and post videos on a regular basis often everyday. If this is a phenomenon you are not aware of, I highly suggest you head to YouTube and watch a video like this one by Casey Neistat. These vloggers document their lives and every video often receive over a million views. That’s a million views A DAY. As a creative person intrigued by the influence of technology and social media in our lives, people like Casey Neistat and his followers fascinate me. What makes us watch him everyday? Aspiration? Jealousy? What is it like to be him? Carrying a camera everywhere he goes? Talking simultaneously to himself and a million people? How can he be honest and vulnerable without being completely conceited? I firmly believe YouTube, Snapchat, and the vloggers/users of these platforms are the future of celebrity and entertainment. You may not know who Casey or Roman Atwood are, but ask a middle schooler and they’ll react like you’re asking who Beyonce is.

I decided this week that I want to learn more about this YouTube culture. And I believe the best way to learn is by doing, so I’m starting a vlog. Now, do I think I will have a million people watching my videos, no. But I do hope to understand not only what it’s like to star in the reality show of my life, but also to challenge myself to constantly create content. I see a huge disconnect between the live arts world and the film/new media world as these new forms are being developed. I want to be a part of the bridge between these two worlds and hopefully share my work, meet new collaborators, and inspire others along the way.

Head to my YouTube channel now and hit subscribe so you don’t miss my first post on Monday. You’ll already see some other videos I created when I first experimented with weekly vlogging this past winter. I created a “Weekly Choreography Challenge” which challenged me to create a new dance each week for 4 weeks (some other video from the “Choreography Challenge” series are available on my Vimeo because they violated the copyright agreement on YouTube.). 

That is all for now. I hope to see you this Saturday for the Spring Party or on the 21st for the XYZ Championship.

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or feedback.

-Brandon

Summer/Fall Update

Hello!

It was a very busy summer and fall filled with a wide variety of experiences.

First, I assistant directed Woodshed Collective's immersive adventure play EMPIRE TRAVEL AGENCY. ETA took audiences of four (yes, four!) on an wild ride through Lower Manhattan as they searched for a mythical substance that reportedly makes New York City full of vitality. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the show including these reviews:

New York Times Critic's Pick: http://nyti.ms/1i2fK2r

Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2015/09/19/empire_travel_agency_review.php#photo-1

In September, I was selected as the SDC Foundation Observer for the world premiere production of THE BANDSTAND directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS, BRING IT ON) at Paper Mill Playhouse. It was a pleasure to work with Andy and thrilling to be a part of this original musical. Recent news, says the show is Broadway bound!

Recent weeks have been filled with development for projects new and old. Writing continues for RIOT ANTIGONE with collaborators Jae Kim, Erato Kremmyda and Maggie-Kate Coleman. I began to work with collaborators Anna Baryshnikov and Jae Kim on a new play, ELLA MAYTHORNE'S GREATEST HIT, following the story of a girl who must launch a social media campaign to gain attention and support following a sexually violent incident at her college. We hope to stage an initial production shortly after the new year.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or to say hello. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Best,

Brandon

New Work Coming to Dixon Place

Hi all!

BIG NEWS! Very excited to announce that I'll have a new work in progress performing at Dixon Place on June 12th at 10pm. "It Felt Like a Kiss" is my next collaboration with Visager, with whom I collaborated on PINK MILK's Jeff-nominated run. We are thrilled to present this work about technology and intimacy to an audience. The full description of the work is available in the new  "Upcoming" section of this site.

Besides that big update, I am currently assisting directing for Rady & Bloom's new show, THE UPPER ROOM, at the New Ohio Theatre. Following that, I will head into rehearsals for Woodshed Collective's EMPIRE TRAVEL AGENCY. You may have caught the workshop run last year, but trust me, you don't want to miss this entirely re-conceived adventure through New York City.

RIOT ANTIGONE continues to grow and develop! Last month my collaborator, Jae Noh, and I had a private reading of a new draft. It was extremely useful to hear the play aloud again and we now have a lot of fodder for edits which are currently underway. I'll be sure to keep you updated when we are ready for a public presentation.

That's all for now. As always please don't hesitate to contact me about any future collaborations or just to say hello. Look forward to seeing you at Dixon Place in June!

Best,

Brandon 

New year! New website!

Hello and welcome to my new website!

I am so excited to share my new site with you. This site now has more projects, more photos, and more videos, including by brand new reel! I also have this "News" section you are reading now, where I will be able to keep visitors like you updated on my most recent projects. Additionally, I wanted my site to feel more like the experiences I seek to create: sharp and collaborative. So in addition to the redesign, you will notice links throughout the site, leading you to the pages of my collaborators. I hope you check them out and learn about their great work.

Speaking of recent news...last week was Feast Launch NY, a launch party for Feast Productions, an amazingly supportive arts company that I am lucky to be a close collaborator with. I was the Experience Designer of the party, integrating music responsive projections, a dual-city photo booth, and interactive social media wall. I am hoping to bring my passion for seamless visceral experiences to more events like these! Please reach out if you have a party or event that you'd like to elevate.

Special thanks to all the photographers filling up my galleries: Justin Barbin, Rafi Letzter, and Nate Bartlett. And extra special thanks to Drigan Lee for editing my reel.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat, please feel free to contact me. I love meeting potential new collaborators and friends.

Speak soon,
Brandon