This residency is part of the Watermill / New York Theatre Workshop Partnership.
In a thorough experimental investigation, long-term collaborators Allie Avital Tsypin (director, designer) and Gabrielle Herbst (composer, vocalist) will explore the hot and cold spaces within nature and fantasy. Through video and live performance they will build a unique environment and language through sound and visuals. The Internet is the cold Arctic; a space where pop culture and female seduction fuse with freezing natural elements, where ethereal vocals and striking visuals communicate the ephemeral qualities of both nature and media, and where images are unattainable, disappearing quickly. On November 12th, the duo will present a live multimedia performance at The Watermill Center. With live music for voice and chamber ensemble, sculptural costumes and video, the performance will be a work-in-progress, showcasing the artists' developments at the residency.
Allie Avital Tsypin is a New York City-based music video and performance director and designer. After receiving a Bachelor's of Arts in Directing/Visual Art from Bard College, she has directed numerous projects, bringing together New York artists, performers, musicians, singers, and cinematographers to create ambitious and innovative works. She has directed music videos for The Clox, Natalie Weiss, Amidion, and Faren and the French Fries, and recently directed a performance, "Hyperfable" at the HERE Arts Center. She has shown work at various arts spaces including St. Cecilia's Convent, Roulette, Cabinet Magazine Gallery, Ramiken Crucible, and Ana Tzarev Gallery. She is currently developing a new performance for the Watermill Center/New York Theater Workshop partnership, and finishing up post-production on two short films.
Gabrielle Herbst resides in Brooklyn. She studied composition at Bard College with Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins, Marina Rosenfeld, Bob Bielecki, Keith Fitch, Richard Teitelbaum and Kyle Gann. She studies voice with Ilka and Tom LoMonaco and Rufus Muller. She danced in Noemie Lafrance’s Rapture Part 1 as part of Dance Across Borders. As a featured vocalist she has performed with Marina Rosenfeld's Teenage Lontano in the Whitney Biennial 2008, Da Capo Chamber Players at Bard College, Beyond the Mind at the 2009 Russian American Cultural Center Gala at the Ana Tzarev Gallery, The Green Death at S