Flying Under the Radar: Biennial of the Arts    Rio de Janeiro x San Francisco

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Little Boxes Theater

1661 Tennessee St

San Francisco, CA 94107

Open and free to the public

FUTR OnAir, featuring artistic collaboration involving pairs of Brazilian and American artists, will debut with simultaneous performances in Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco on November _, 2016.  The artists, coming from a variety of disciplines, will interact in real time over a distance of six thousand miles.

        In each city there will be live and virtual presentations transmitted through dedicated satellite channels: as an American poet reads from his work in San Francisco, a Brazilian artist, visible on a large screen by the poet’s side, will perform in Rio. In Rio, conversely, as the Brazilian artist performs live, the poet will appear on a screen nearby.

        Participating artists will be organized in pairs, working across disciplines, languages and cultures: Kim Anno, an American filmmaker, will work with Saulo Laudares, Brazilian installation artist; Tongo Eisen-Martin, an American poet, will appear with Guga Ferraz,  Brazilian sculptor and performance artist; and Candice Wicks, an American singer, composer and educator, will work with Renato Cruz, Brazilian choreographer and dancer.

        The program, presented free to the public in Rio and San Francisco, will last three hours, and will feature three dual performances of thirty to forty minutes, each. In order to accommodate a six hour time difference, the events will occur in San Francisco in mid-afternoon, and in Rio at night. In San Francisco the performances will take place at the Little Boxes Theater, a venue known for experimental presentations in dance. In Rio the event will be hosted by the Museum of Modern Art (MAM-Rio), a legendary cultural landmark.

        The theme of the debut of FUTR OnAir is Crisis, a condition that has come to define the natural, political and social landscape of the early twenty-first century. In exploring the creative response taking place in the two greatest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, FUTR OnAir will use the experience of live performance to mitigate barriers of language and tradition.

        As a project of Flying Under the Radar, an organization dedicated to provoking a transgression of cultural boundaries, FUTR OnAir envisions three important goals: to expose and fracture the projected concept of the “other,” which creates divisions between populations; to promote increased cross-fertilization of artistic practices in the Americas; and to bring attention to, and create public interest in, a celebration of the differences and similarities among the people of the United States and Brazil.