THE BARONESS IS THE FUTURE
Exploding into incantation and dance, The Baroness is the Future unfolds the life and work of poetess, found object sculptor, and proto-Dadaist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, whom Duchamp called simply, “the future.”
The Baroness’ cross-dressing, kleptomania, outlandish costumes, found object sculptures, sexual escapades, brawls, and abstract poems shocked, delighted and inspired the greatest names of the Dada movement. However, due in part to her own unwillingness or inability to conform, the Baroness was ultimately excluded from their successes and died alone and penniless in a Parisian garret.
In a collision of the Baroness’ ecstatic early poems with unpublished fragments of a regret-filled autobiography, TBITF asks what happens when creativity and responsibility fight.
The Baroness is the Future began as a contribution to The Filmballad of MAMADADA, a collectively authored biodrama film organized by Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan. With further development through an LMCC Swing Space Residency, a CATCH Residency at Mt. Tremper Arts, and the Tom Murrin Award from Dixon Place, ANIMALS has performed work-in-progress showings as part of the HOWL! Festival, Little Theater, PRELUDE, CATCH performance series, Swing Space, and Cloud City. The Baroness is the Future first premiered at Dixon Place January 23rd-25th. dixonplace.org
Nikki Calonge, Michael De Angelis, and Mike Mikos
Nikki Calonge, Brighid Greene, Lucy Kaminsky, Madison Krekel, Linda Mancini, Eva Peskin
Lighting Designer: Joe Cantalupo
Set Designer: Joel V. Melton
Costume Designer: Wendy Yang Bailey
Stage Manager: Jamie McGonagill
Producer: Ben Gansky
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ANIMALS is a recipient of a 2013 artist residency made possible by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. www.LMCC.net.
The Baroness is The Future was developed through a residency with Dixon Place in NYC, supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and private funds from The Jerome Foundation.
Thank you to all who have supported our development of The Baroness Is The Future!
Stephen Stevo Arnoczy