How to Get Started: Wallace + Allen Shawn
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:30pm
John Cage's centenary is celebrated in this rare performance of Cage's 1989 How To Get Started-a collaborative experiment exploring improvisation and the origin of ideas. The performers bring ten ideas on notecards, choose them in random order, and extemporize on each one as they are recorded and played back in real time, creating a multi-layered "thought performance." The result is transformative, and provides a rare look into the creative mind.
In remounting this 'happening,' some of today's most fertile and creative minds from across the arts perform their own realizations. Each of the three evenings pairs a writer and musician who know each other, and, in the case of the Shawns, are brothers. What will be revealed by each "performer," and the conversation between pairs on each evening will be a mystery solved in the moment. Be part of this spontaneous performance experience. The series is presented in collaboration with The Threepenny Review, the Slought Foundation and the John Cage Trust.
For more information visit howtogetstarted.org
One a writer and actor, the other a composer and professor, brothers and the sons of the legendary editor of The New Yorker, William Shawn, Wallace and Allen Shawn share a family history and a professional collaboration (they have created an opera together, The Music Teacher). And now they share this evening's performance of John Cage's How to Get Started. Wendy Lesser, editor of The Threepenny Review, moderates the post-performance conversation.