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The Fisher Center Presents Acclaimed Performance Artist Cynthia Hopkins in A Living Documentary
“A triumph of disciplined thinking, narrative fluidity, and musical accomplishment.” —New York Times
Image Credit: Jeff Sugg
A Living Documentary is a hilarious and searing reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as a professional theater artist in the 21st century. Intertwining elements of musical comedy, documentary, and fiction, the show intersperses autobiographical storytelling with portrayals of semi-fictional comedic characters, all the while asking myriad questions about the realities of artistic life in New York City. A departure from Hopkins’s past works, A Living Documentary is a stripped-down, one-woman-show in which Hopkins plays herself and an eclectic cast of characters. Featuring several of Hopkins’s original musical compositions. “When she wraps her big, rich, soulful voice around an anthem to the beauty of the natural world, or the folly of our disregard for it, the show transcends,” writes The New York Times.
The program contains nudity.
Copresented by the New York Live Arts–Bard College Dance Program partnership.
Cynthia Hopkins is an internationally acclaimed musical performance artist: she writes and sings songs, records albums, and creates groundbreaking multi-media performance works that intertwine truth and fiction, blurring the lines between edification and entertainment. Through the process of making performances, she attempts to alchemize disturbance into works of intrigue and hope that simultaneously stimulate the senses, provoke emotion, and enliven the mind. She has produced six performance works and eight albums of original music. Her work has been honored with many awards, including the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Hopkins also works as a performer and composer for hire, most recently appearing at BAM in the Big Dance Theater piece Alan Smithee Directed This Play. She is currently at work on several new productions while continuing to work as a performer, composer, voice over artist, and musician for many other folks.
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