We Are Walls Talking

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Edwin Torres

“Using art, language and breath to transform our personal space, is it possible to explore how a house tells us stories from its walls to our personal edges?”

Poet and performer Edwin Torres was joined by three dancers from Collective Settlement; Felicia Ballos, Jean Brennan, Elizabeth Castagna, and the musician Ben Stapp playing tuba, in moving throughout the house. All artists played with the physicality and sound of House #8A centering on a text of Torres’, and using chalk, charcoal, and white paint to create an extraordinary visual and auditory experience for visitors who joined in.

Edwin Torres is a Bronx-born lingualisualist—fluent in the languages of both sight and sound. He is the author of eight poetry collections including Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press, 2014), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books, 2011) and The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books, 2008). He’s received fellowships from the DIA Foundation, NYFA and The Foundation from Contemporary Performance Art among others. Anthologies include, American Poets in the 21st Century: Vol. 2, Angels Of The Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing; Kindergarde: Avant Garde Poems, Plays and Songs For Children; and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café. He has performed and taught workshops worldwide and currently lives in Beacon, NY. Website.

Collective Settlement is a gathering of friends making movement-based art together. Domestic rituals inspire choreographies and installations intended to connect viewers to their own visceral wilderness. We are Felicia Ballos, Jean Brennan, and Elizabeth Castagna. Each member shifts between videographer, dancer, set designer, and brainchild. Website

Ben Stapp is a composer and performer residing in Queens, New York. The modular ensemble he writes for, Zozimos, has received awards including 1st place in the Bob Stewart Tuba Competition at the 38th Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, a Roulette Large Ensemble Commission, and most recently, the Jerome Roulette Commission for his Opera, “Myrrha’s Red Book,” premiered at Roulette and now available as a double CD released on Evolver Records. Website