Hot Box draws inspiration from a cinematic vocabulary—pans, zooms, cuts, etc.—while attempting to find a sustained stillness in an uncomfortable environment. Inspired by films like Apocalypse Now and Fitzcarraldo, it is a live performance that is violent and chaotic; and from that chaos arises a sequence of video images that are quiet, sustained, focused, and organized. Conceived, directed, and performed by Brian Rogers, Hot Box is a companion piece to his Bessie-nominated 2010 performance Selective Memory. Where Selective Memory was extremely clean and minimalist in its approach, Hot Box is noisy and messy.
Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder, and artistic director of the Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music, and multimedia performances. Since 1997, Rogers has conceived and/or directed numerous large-scale performances at the Chocolate Factory and elsewhere.
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Hot Box was first presented at the Chocolate Factory in September 2012 as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival, and re-performed in January 2013 as part of PS122’s COIL Festival. Major production support is provided by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional commissioning support is provided by NYSCA’s Individual Artists Program. Residency support is provided by Mount Tremper Arts.