Squat Theatre

Squat Theatre, Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free (1981) Pictured: Sandi Fiddler as the Unidentified Flying Dancer

Squat Theatre Featuring Eva Buchmuller, Anna Koos and Jay Sanders

EAI, 535 W 22nd St # 5 MAP
$7

EAI presents a special evening devoted to the work of radical art and theater collective Squat Theatre, whose performances in the late 1970s and early 1980s questioned role playing, the act of spectatorship, and the boundaries between art and life, the fictive and the real. The screening at EAI is presented in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, where an installation by Squat Theatre will be included in the exhibition Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980, organized by Jay Sanders, the museum's Curator and Curator of Performance (on view Oct. 31, 2013 – Feb. 2, 2014).

The evening will feature a screening of the extraordinary two-part video Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free (1981, 83 min). Capturing one of Squat Theatre's key theatrical productions, Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free includes video documentation of their live show of the same name as well as a film by the collective (originally played at the beginning of the show) that provides an astonishing glimpse of New York's downtown underground in the early '80s. Afterwards, Eva Buchmuller and Anna Koos from Squat Theatre will join Jay Sanders and EAI's Rebecca Cleman to discuss the collective's legendary history and iconoclastic approach to theater.