Texty the Clown: Mike Tyler and Gina Bonati


Examining the relationship between language and sound, Texty the Clown: The Inner Workings of Language in the Poet-Modern Ear was a series co-curated by The Kitchen and two writers and poets—Emily XYZ and Edwin Torres. Proceeding after the first Texty the Clown presentation by Torres and XYZ, Gina Bonati and Mike Tyler of Nuyorican Poets Café Live! continued to illustrate spoken words as a versatile art form as music and/or performance. Tyler presented a provocative performance that was based on excerpts from his second book, From Colorado to Georgia. Collaborating with painter and poet Elizabeth Castagna, Bonati created and performed an interdisciplinary solo piece that combined artworks and dance. Creating organic landscapes of language and body, Bonati employed and smeared charcoal on long and crumpled sheets of white paper, from which she recited words that the audience couldn’t see. During the evening Torres' video “FIVE” of Bonati performing was also screened in the lobby of The Kitchen.

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Voice Choice Listing [PDF]
Resident Listing [PDF]
Time Out New York Listing [PDF]
Press Release [PDF]
Program [PDF]
Postcard [PDF]
Poster [PDF]

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