On View: September 13-September 30
The Kitchen at Westbeth (163B Bank Street, 4th Floor Loft) and Offsite Locations
For their residency, Montez Press Radio will think beyond not only the walls of The Kitchen, but the walls of Montez Press Radio’s home base of 46 Canal Street, to explore the disparate relationship between the face-to-face nature of live performance and the diffuse nature of online distribution. Does broadcasting as a medium for recorded and live audio projects have the ability to convey the here and now beyond the here and now?
The efforts of Montez Press Radio’s ongoing research, dialogue, and exchange will come more fully into focus with The Kitchen and Montez Press Radio teaming up to co-present a series of performances throughout spring 2023: a short radio play staged in a lobby, directed by Salome Oggenfuss, written by doorman and playwright Carlos Cotto, and produced in collaboration with the The Working Theater (March 23, 2023); The Song of Dirt Stammers Our Tongue, a radio operetta directed by its librettist Esther Sibiude, semi-staged and performed by a five-player ensemble live and in costume (June 14 and 16, 2023); Cape, a muso-poetical play by Lamb (Nala Duma) following characters in the early 1500s who discover a portal that allows them to travel great distances (June 24, 2023); and the debut of new songs off singer-songwriter, bedroom pop sensation, and prolific public performer Mat Kastella's upcoming self-titled EP, live with backup dancers (July 2023). Montez Press Radio will also conduct a series of oral histories with artists, collaborators, and practitioners within The Kitchen’s community, and create ongoing radio segments that engage the organization’s institutional archive.
The Kitchen x Montez Press Radio is organized by Legacy Russell, Executive Director & Chief Curator, with Angelique Rosales Salgado, Curatorial Assistant.
Salome Oggenfuss, Carlos Cotto in collaboration with The Working Theater: Comte des Cierges featuring a cast of Jim Fletcher, Anthony Delfi, Emily Davis, Sophie Becker, Gordon Landenberger, Lluca Huatuco, Timothy Allan, John Ayala, Nile Harris, Pamela Mondezie.
March 23, 2023, 7:30 pm. Free with RSVP. Seward Park Cooperative, at 387 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
Esther Sibiude: The Song of Dirt Stammers our Tongue performed by a five-player ensemble live and in costume. Ensemble updates forthcoming.
June 14 and 15, 2023, 8:30 pm. Tickets $5-15 sliding scale. (On sale mid-May) The Kitchen at Westbeth, 163B Bank Street, 4th Floor Loft, New York, NY 10014
Lamb: Cape a muso-poetical play following characters in the early-1500s who discover a portal that allows them to travel great distances. Ensemble updates forthcoming.
June 24, 2023, 8 pm. Tickets $15. (On sale mid-May) Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
Off the Page
A series of collectively executed interviews broadcast on Montez Press Radio and co-presented with The Kitchen that invites guests to engage experimental legacies and histories of 'avant-garde' production, work, labor, thought and collaboration across decades within and beyond The Kitchen’s community. Conducted by Alex Waterman, Archivist, The Kitchen, Stacy Skolnik and Thomas Laprade of Montez Press Radio and select members of The Kitchen’s Curatorial team, the series proposes an act of translation beyond the “archival” document to centers folks’ voices in dialogue—be it artists, audiences, and researchers who have supported experimental work and continue the lives of primary source(s) to keep them present and active in the archive.
Richard Lowenberg and Alex Waterman, “Info/Eco: The Nature of Information" Date: Live on April 18, 2023, 7 pm from 46 Canal St., archived on radio.montezpress.com
Listen back to: Richard Lowenberg and Alex Waterman, “Info/Eco: The Nature of Information” as part of Off the Page
Two-part conversation with the cast & production team for Robert Ashley's television opera, Perfect Lives, commissioned by The Kitchen in 1979 and completed in 1983. Hosted by Alex Waterman, Archivist, The Kitchen and director of Vidas Perfectas (2014):
John Sanborn, Dean Winkler, Carlota Schoolman, Mary Griffin, Mimi Johnson, “Perfect Lives: 40th Anniversary” Date: Live on June 8, 2023 1 pm from 46 Canal St.
Peter Gordon, Mimi Johnson, Carlota Schoolman, David van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen (Phoning in), “Perfect Lives: 40th Anniversary” Date: Live on June 9, 2023 11 am from 46 Canal St.
Future segment updates forthcoming.
Sobremesa: Archiving Performance
A three-part radio series broadcast on Montez Press Radio and co-presented by The Kitchen across June, July, and September 2023 moderated by Alex Waterman, Archivist, The Kitchen and Angelique Rosales Salgado, Curatorial Assistant, The Kitchen with invited guests to open up conversation about the theme of Archiving Performance. What is a performance archive? What are its limits if any of a movement-based, time-based archive? What do we at The Kitchen think of as a performance archive? What are the series guests’ definitions of a performance archive, and the infrastructures and value systems within? How do we capture, discuss, debate the nuances of ephemeral experience that are so essential to the form of performance, in the context of the archive?
Segment updates forthcoming.
Montez Press Radio is an experimental broadcasting and performance platform founded in 2018, with the goal of fostering greater experimentation and conversation between artists, writers, and thinkers through the medium of radio. This platform invites different corners of the art world to interact with each other in person and on air—a place where media finally meets flesh. Montez Press Radio is drawn to art that exists in the unexpected, the authenticity of sharing without a script, the sounds of ideas in the making, conversation that forgets there’s an audience. All of its in-studio broadcasts are free and open to the public. Montez Press Radio’s archive is an ongoing auditory document of Montez Press Radio’s existence. It is not designed to reflect the ingenuity of postproduction, but rather serves as a catalogue of rough cuts which contain all the small glitches, false starts, and awkward silences that are intrinsic to our process of live recording and running an event space. Montez Press Radio is as much a radio broadcast as it is a reflection of particular moments in time.
Carlos Cotto is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor raised in Washington Heights, New York, but based in Washington, DC. Growing up in a bilingual household, his love of stories sprung from watching Spanish telenovelas and American primetime TV shows. During his fifteen-plus years as a doorman in a New York City co-op building, Carlos was formally introduced to theater by joining a 32BJ Union theater program. The program helped cultivate his love for magical realism and helped infuse it into his work. Carlos has been featured off-Broadway in the "Best of Theater Works" showcase produced by the Working Theater. Carlos was the proud recipient of the Mark Plesent Commission with a staged reading premiering in the fall of 2022.
Soul music, contemporary dance, and ecofuturism comprise LAMB (Nala Duma)'s artistic vision: where the visceral meets the cerebral; where the natural enacts the synthetic. The musician, composer, choreographer, and director explores Blackness as the break that might rupture our attachments to Worlds, territories, and Man. Steeped in the aesthetic, conceptual, and political tradition of modern Black thinkers before them, Lamb's thesis is this: in a world wrought through violence, to salvage some beauty from it is to seek truth within it.
Mat Kastella is a singer-songwriter, performer, and arguably the hottest thing New York City has seen since MTV’s TRL got cancelled. Drawing inspiration from the OG boybands and pop stars from days long past and mixing it with the freshest sounds of the century—he’s an artist you’re not going to want to miss.
Salome Oggenfuss is a filmmaker and casting director working across disciplines. She was born in Switzerland and is based in New York. She seeks to create spaces and situations that bring together amateur and professional artists and strives to reroute desires towards the enrichment of everyday life.
Esther Sibiude is a radio artist and harpist. She seeks to create space for contemplation and deceleration. The combination of music and storytelling is an attempt to collectively digest the gush of information disseminated by the news through endless digital feeds.
Working Theater exists to create theater specifically for, about, and with working people, the community that makes up the majority of the overall metropolitan workforce. To that end, Working Theater makes their productions relevant, accessible, and affordable to all, regardless of geography or socioeconomic status, because they believe that theater should be a part of everyone’s everyday culture.
FUNDING SUPPORT & CREDITS
The Kitchen’s programming is supported by grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Arison Art Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The Willem de Kooning Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Marta Heflin Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Open Society Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Teiger Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. Learn more about the [Leadership Fund](https://thekitchen.org/leadership-fund/).