And You Were Wonderful, On Stage

Cally Spooner
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8PM
Studio 1—Goodman

On the final evening of Cally Spooner’s EMPAC production residency, in which she will be shooting her new film work And You Were Wonderful, On Stage in Studio 1, the artist invites you to be part of a live studio audience.

A performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the production itself, the event will be live-streamed and take on the format of a TV variety show. Directed by the artist and technical team to provide laughter and applause, the audience will be integral to the film’s production as both audience and actor.

Using assemblages of theory, philosophy, pop music, current affairs and corporate rhetoric to write—and casts of arguing characters to help her perform—Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive scripts, looping monologues, and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behavior of speech. Appropriating different performance genres, such as the Broadway musical, the television commercial, and the radio play, Spooner considers how dematerialized, indeterminate, unmediated performance can sit within the extreme visibility of entertainment and today's attention economies.


Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
And You Were Wonderful, On Stage
Cally Spooner
Friday 13
8:00 PM
February 2015
And You Were Wonderful on Stage
Cally Spooner
Wednesday 13
8:45 PM
February 2013

 Live Stream

Contemporary Performance


Production Credits

Written and Directed by Cally Spooner

Original music composition and arrangement by Peter Joslyn Devised, arranged and performed by Rhiannon Drake, Helen Hart, Jenny Minton, Piya Malik, Rebecca Thorn and Chloé Turpin

Choreography by Adam Weinert Set Design by Giles Round

Costumes by Malene List Thomsen

Editing by Cally Spooner


Commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and made possible with support from the Arts Council England and a production residency at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center / EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.