Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

Scale model - sculptural/stage space

La Foresta Perduta is currently in the developmental phase of a multi-year process, designed to bring this ambitious project from concept to fullest expression.

 

Throughout 2017-2018 there be a series of events, introductions and previews to build, explore and consolidate resources.  

 

If you would like to be included in one of the intro/preview presentations please contact 

 

"La Foresta Perduta" (The Lost Forest) is currently in development.  A series of events will be created inviting the public into the studio to talk with Artists Tom Brady and Monica Newsam about the project, to see scale models of the stages and meet the growing number of diverse local artists who will be included in the collaborations.

 

La Foresta Perduta is a complex project requiring a multi-year process to raise funds and develop the design and engineering plans before the performance concepts can be taken to the three dimensions.  

 

Ultimately the proposed project entitled La Foresta Perduta is a visceral statement, an exploration of the political and social systems, which evolve organically from the disparate experiences of individuals, of whole nations of people.  Research is an ongoing part of the creative process and informs the development of the work.  Periods in history resulting in huge shifts in organizational social concepts have often been preceded by cataclysmic events or paradigm shifts in thinking or knowing - spreading exponentially through populations resulting in massive change and shifts.  Today in the United States of America we see active forces modeling the definition of what this nation can be.  Global aggression and discord pushes countries and reshapes governments as we speak.  La Foresta Perduta is more than art - suspended somewhere between theater, dance, music, video, sculpture and stage, it is a social statement calling us to look beyond our comforts to see the currents so that we might more consciously direct to humankinds best purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRECEDENT:

In 2009, ANNONYArts, under the artistic direction of Beckah Voigt Reed, with a full moon rising on 7 starry nights, presented "Prodigal" - an original work by performance artist Tom Brady in Forest Park's Shakespeare Glen.  The sheer scale and location of this project: 3 massive sculptural stages, 21 performers, 35 technicians, 1.5 years in production, set Prodigal and St. Louis apart. Prodigal was an artistic accomplishment creating a powerful statement enriching the cultural landscape of St. Louis.

 

Seven years have elapsed since then, and today young performers and technicians who were part of Prodigal live in places around the globe sharing their experience as far off as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and South Korea.   Yet nationally and globally Prodigal is barely more than a whisper when artistically it is a lion’s roar.  Every aspect of Prodigal was original: music, costumes, stages, choreography, lighting, concept - all under the critical direction of performance artist Tom Brady in collaboration with choreographer Monica Newsam.

 

Prodigal stands as a unique accomplishment on the cultural landscape of St. Louis, a single example of brave people supporting brave work.  Through Prodigal, St. Louis audiences and local artists claimed an important achievement of innovative partnering with a wide range of individuals and organizations.

 

Individuals like Anna Lum and Ana Beth Weil opened doors at Forest Park, Chip Self, owner of Logic Systems donated two large trucks of lighting, sound and video projection equipment; Forest Park waived all fees; Inventory Sales Corp made a significant cash donation in addition to producing the stages at minimal costs; Schupp and Company donated all the design and branding, IATSE Theatrical Union 6 and John Beckman Jr. made it possible to employ a skeleton crew of union workers who worked side by side with volunteer techs; students from Webster University Conservatory donated their time; employees of Logic System donated their time; and performers donated 10 months of rehearsals that progressively consumed most of their free time – only compensated with a small honorarium.  The Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, and the Whitaker Foundation along with a small group of donors all bravely funded this project.

 

VISION and DEVELOPMENT:

The vision of creating a major project every other year, building the infrastructure of people and resources to consistently identify, support and present original work on a large scale would be the focus of this grant.  Establishing work with innovative ideas supported by quality production once developed, refined, and presented to St. Louis audiences could be exported to other US cities as well as create opportunities for international touring.  Available funding since 2009 has significantly shrunk - making what was financially possible then impossible in 2017 and beyond.  ANNONYArts’ budget for its regular season does not permit the staging of a major original work.  The Innovation grant funding of up to $100,000 makes it possible to dream again, recognizing that an innovation grant becomes a magnet to other foundations and grant possibilities.

 

St. Louis audiences currently experience innovative original works by traveling to other parts of the world – not here in St. Louis.  This scale of work and artistic innovation requires partnerships with an array of corporations, foundations and trusts, government funding agencies and partner arts organizations.  The journey begins by believing in the work, the concept, the importance of speaking, that which cannot be heard, revealing that which cannot be seen. 

 

Brady is the artistic and executive director of ANNONYArts. Intertwined with his personal mission is that of ANNONYArts.  This is not just ANNONYArts’ journey.  This is the journey of the artist - generations before and those who will follow after.

 

Brady is an innovator - a talented composer, designer, choreographer, sculptor, photographer, videographer, stylist and performer.  He conceives, designs, builds and musically accompanies the installations in which he places himself and fellow performers. 

 

Inspired by vertical perspective as a means of creating images and actions Brady defies conventional reality in favor of spatial abstractions.  His vision and imagery are often drawn from 5th to 15th century Byzantine artists, who created icons intended not to be mere images but the very presence of the invisible.

 

Classical Chinese artists horizontal scrolls’ use of axonometric drawing, synthesize space and time, seamlessly and continuously linking visual images, assuming no fixed point of view, taking the viewer through an experience or scenario.  Similarly manipulating the level of information that the audience receives, Brady’s work sculpts light and shadow, movement and sound to create magical images and reflections on the state of being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PROJECT:

ANNONYArts intends to present a new work of significant scale, "La Foresta Perduta" (The Lost Forest).

 

Under ANNONYArts' wing, Brady has been researching and developing this complex work - exploring concept, research and drawings for over six years.  Partnerships with non-traditional performance groups, i.e. Trickset and Circus Harmony - improvisation and movement groups - are being drawn into the collaboration.

 

La Foresta Perduta is an original interdisciplinary work challenging established western concepts of theatre, music and dance, uniquely setting movement into the context of sculpture as stage.  This work will investigate the cultural diversity - of the multi-ethnic cast as they struggle to survive and ultimately to soar, reaching beyond judgments, beyond hatred and jealously, beyond the self to gain intuitive knowledge.  The work focuses on the universal, primal need to transcend.  Sound, movement, and objects empowered by association and infused with mystic meaning emerge as visions of the unknowable, the untouchable, the unheard and unspoken.

 

La Foresta Perduta – stage space is constructed as an island approximately 45’ x 35’.  The stage surface is topographical with natural rises to 8’ and falls to 3’ across the surface.  Clustered to one side of the island stage are seventy five 15’ to 20’ long x 3”diameter bamboo or fiberglass poles, mounted vertically into stage and set approximately 30” apart allowing performers to create gravity-defying movement.  The entire stage is mounted on wheels and is slowly rotating in a random pattern across the theatre box space.

 

The performance begins in darkness after the sun has set.  A series of mirage-like video projections, onto the stage space provide just enough light to make the performers visible, recognizable, then instantly gone.    Lighting is critical to setting the mood of this work.  Brady has repeatedly demonstrated through earlier work his mastery of light, preferring to use it as a painter might to control the message, clarify, intensify and focus.

 

The cast is assembled on the island surface, a homogenous community of people.  As the progression continues, the stage gradually splits into three separate islands.  Drifting apart, each island rotates around the other and the performers now separated begin to evolve in unique and disparate ways.  Each group learns to adapt to natural and manmade challenges and disasters, each developing their own cultural systems.  La Foresta becomes a study of the evolving resultant cultures.  As they explore beyond their new world they encounter differences of color, class, religion resulting in conflict and distrust.  Each is a studied system based on history and cultural anthropological precedent.

 

Performers will ultimately ascend in a crescendo of movement into the forest poles swaying, leaping through- and to- the tops of the 15’ to 20’ poles in choreographed movements - a transcending from their earth bound condition.

 

ANNONYArts roots in the pioneering work of Gash/Voigt set a trajectory of innovation that continues to inform the work growing exponentially forward on the creative frontier.  Each new project, on the shoulders of innovation, sets a new paradigm, an evolution to raise the whisper to a roar.

"La Foresta Perduta" (The Lost Forest) is currently in development.  A series of events will be created inviting the public into the studio to talk with Artists Tom Brady and Monica Newsam about the project, to see scale models of the stages and meet the growing number of diverse local artists who will be included in the collaborations.

 

La Foresta Perduta is a complex project requiring a multi-year process to raise funds and develop the design and engineering plans before the performance concepts can be taken to the three dimensions.  

 

Ultimately the proposed project entitled La Foresta Perduta is a visceral statement, an exploration of the political and social systems which evolve organically from the disparate experiences of individuals, of whole nations of people.  Research is an ongoing part of the creative process and informs the development of the work.  Periods in history resulting in huge shifts in organizational social concepts have often been preceded by cataclysmic events or paradigm shifts in thinking or knowing - spreading exponentially through populations resulting in massive change and shifts.  Today in the United States of America we see active forces modeling the definition of what this nation can be.  Global aggression and discord pushes countries and reshapes governments as we speak.  La Foresta Perduta is more than art - suspended somewhere between theater, dance, music, video, sculpture and stage, it is a social statement calling us to look beyond our comforts to see the currents so that we might more consciously direct to humankinds best purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRECEDENT:

In 2009, ANNONYArts, under the artistic direction of Beckah Voigt Reed, with a full moon rising on 7 starry nights, presented "Prodigal" - an original work by performance artist Tom Brady in Forest Park's Shakespeare Glen.  The sheer scale and location of this project: 3 massive sculptural stages, 21 performers, 35 technicians, 1.5 years in production, set Prodigal and St. Louis apart. Prodigal was an artistic accomplishment creating a powerful statement enriching the cultural landscape of St. Louis.

 

Seven years have elapsed since then, and today young performers and technicians who were part of Prodigal live in places around the globe sharing their experience as far off as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and South Korea.   Yet nationally and globally Prodigal is barely more than a whisper when artistically it is a lion’s roar.  Every aspect of Prodigal was original: music, costumes, stages, choreography, lighting, concept - all under the critical direction of performance artist Tom Brady in collaboration with choreographer Monica Newsam.

 

Prodigal stands as a unique accomplishment on the cultural landscape of St. Louis, a single example of brave people supporting brave work.  Through Prodical, St. Louis audiences and local artists claimed an important achievement of innovative partnering with a wide range of individuals and organizations.

 

Individuals like Anna Lum and Anabeth Weil opened doors at Forest Park, Chip Self, owner of Logic Systems donated two large trucks of lighting, sound and video projection equipment; Forest Park waived all fees; Inventory Sales Corp made a significant cash donation in addition to producing the stages at minimal costs; Schupp and Company donated all the design and branding, IATSE Theatrical Union 6 and John Beckman Jr made it possible to employ a skeleton crew of union workers who worked side by side with volunteer techs; students from Webster University Conservatory donated their time; employees of Logic System donated their time; and performers donated 10 months of rehearsals that progressively consumed most of their free time – only compensated with a small honorarium.  The Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, and the Whitaker Foundation along with a small group of donors all bravely funded this project.

 

VISION and DEVELOPMENT:

The vision of creating a major project every other year, building the infrastructure of people and resources to consistently identify, support and present original work on a large scale would be the focus of this grant.  Establishing work with innovative ideas supported by quality production once developed, refined, and presented to St. Louis audiences could be exported to other US cities as well as create opportunities for international touring.  Available funding since 2009 has significantly shrunk - making what was financially possible then impossible in 2017 and beyond.  ANNONYArts’ budget for its regular season does not permit the staging of a major original work.  The Innovation grant funding of up to $100,000 makes it possible to dream again, recognizing that an innovation grant becomes a magnet to other foundations and grant possibilities.

 

St. Louis audiences currently experience innovative original works by traveling to other parts of the world – not here in St. Louis.  This scale of work and artistic innovation requires partnerships with an array of corporations, foundations and trusts, government funding agencies and partner arts organizations.  The journey begins by believing in the work, the concept, the importance of speaking, that which cannot be heard, revealing that which cannot be seen. 

 

Brady is the artistic and executive director of ANNONYArts. Intertwined with his personal mission is that of ANNONYArts.  This is not just ANNONYArts’ journey.  This is the journey of the artist - generations before and those who will follow after.

 

Brady is an innovator - a talented composer, designer, choreographer, sculptor, photographer, videographer, stylist and performer.  He conceives, designs, builds and musically accompanies the installations in which he places himself and fellow performers. 

 

Inspired by vertical perspective as a means of creating images and actions Brady defies conventional reality in favor of spatial abstractions.  His vision and imagery are often drawn from 5th to 15th century Byzantine artists, who created icons intended not to be mere images but the very presence of the invisible.

 

Classical Chinese artists horizontal scrolls’ use of axonometric drawing, synthesize space and time, seamlessly and continuously linking visual images, assuming no fixed point of view, taking the viewer through an experience or scenario.  Similarly manipulating the level of information that the audience receives, Brady’s work sculpts light and shadow, movement and sound to create magical images and reflections on the state of being.