Ostrips Live, May 1, 8 PM, Live Stream/Live Audience
OSTRIPS LIVE enjoins Sam Truitt’s OS Cuban chronicling to Alea's MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (1968) where it will meet Gary Siegel's percussive wow to auger what endures.
This event is postponed because of illness. Check back on greenkill.substack.com for the rescheduled date.
The Station Hill Intermedia Lab presents OSTRIPS LIVE, a performance of Sam Truitt’s OS, a poetic continuum chronicling visits to Cuba and collaborations with the Havana poet Omar Perez, juxtaposed with outtakes from MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT, the 1968 film, based on the novel by Edmundo Desnoes, written and directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, and the percussive sound pulse of poet Gary Siegel. (Bios are below.) To note, this performance will incorporate a facet of raw performative endurance, a face present to reach behind to the question, after all the slides of our cultural inheritance fall asunder, including its means of production, what endures?
We're going to auger into this, Sunday, May 1, 8 PM. This will be a live streamed from Green Kill on YouTube and open to a live audience of 15. The ticket price for this event is 5 dollars.
For a glimpse of what may befall, see this strip.
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About the Performers
Sam Truitt was born in Washington, DC, and raised there and in Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of the ten works in the Vertical Elegies series, among others in print and other media, including most recently TOKYOATOTO and the forthcoming STATE/SHAFT SHAFT/STATE. Among other recognitions, he is the recipient of numerous Fund for Poetry awards, a Contemporary Poetry Award from the University of Georgia, and a Howard Fellowship. The director of Station Hill Press and president of the Institute for Publishing Arts as well as the producer and a co-host of the podcast Baffling Combustions and the Station Hill Intermedia Lab, he lives in Woodstock, NY. For more visit: samTsong.
Gary Siegel been involved in poetry, music and performance pieces for decades. He learned to drum in one fateful night in what can only be described as a transmission. His pallet of sound as a percussionist is always an evolving and intuitive process. His addition of poetry to his craft grew out of his association with and playing for poets. Learning to go to the place where music comes from opened the door to poetry because the words and imaginings come from the same place. Instruments played include flute, shakuhachi, duduk, conch shell, djembe, frame drums, maracas, berimbau, bells, frying pan, vacuum cleaner hose, among others.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, (born December 11, 1928, Havana, Cuba—died April 16, 1996, Havana), Cuban film director. After earning a law degree in Cuba, he studied filmmaking in Rome (1951–53). A supporter of Fidel Castro, he helped develop Cuba’s film industry after 1959 and made the communist regime’s first official feature film, Stories of the Revolution (1960). Later he worked within the restrictions of the regime to satirize and explore various aspects of life in postrevolutionary Cuba in such internationally acclaimed films as Death of a Bureaucrat (1966), Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), The Survivors (1979), and Strawberry and Chocolate (1993). He is regarded as the finest director Cuba has produced.