Tuesday, November 1, 2011

GenEnCo Receives Open Meadows Foundation Grant!

Just got the letter awarding GenEnCo with an Open Meadows Foundation grant toward developing our full-length show, "The Experiment." Hooray!
"The Experiment" is about the connection between sexual and scientific experimentation in the contexts of colonial histories. Set in a laboratory/sanatorium in both the future and past, "The Experiment" asks: what does it mean to be human when everything we encounter takes that humanity away? Co-written by GenEnCo Producing Artistic Director, kt shorb and award-winning writer, Ana-Maurine Lara, "The Experiment" will premiere in Austin in Spring/Summer 2012.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Before This Was Texas--In Progress

Fri & Sat, September 23 & 24; 7pm: Visual Arts Center
FREE and Open to the Public

Using collaborative ensemble work to create dramatic movement based on poetry by Austin-based poet Kimberly Alidio, Before This Was Texas explores bodies crossing borders and our relationship to this land called Central Texas. The Generic Ensemble Company stretches the boundaries of both form and content through a collaborative process that presents bodies that are still marginal in U.S. theatre and dance today in performance. Featuring performances by kt shorb, Saray De Jesus Rosales, and Krysta Gonzales, this iteration of Before This Was Texas will include guiding the audience through the Visual Arts Center Galleries in a site-specific exploration of space and time.

The Generic Ensemble Company makes the invisible visible through bold, socially relevant, body-centered performance. We embrace experimental approaches in both the rehearsal room and public performance by asking complex theoretical questions based on rigorous scholarship. We believe that creative work is a source to mine profound discourse and strategies for social change. Theory, praxis, and aesthetics are interconnected and equally integral to create a powerful, successful work.

Before This Was Texas is made possible with the support of the University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History and the UT-Austin Engaging Research component of the University Co-op Cohen New Works Festival. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

For more information about the performances and the Visual Arts Center are here and here.

Info on directions are here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

"The Experiment", an in-progress reading

Thursday, August 11 at 7pm at

The Vortex Repertory Company

The Experiment

Written by Ana-Maurine Lara and kt shorb
Featuring: Krysta Gonzales, Saray De Jesus Rosales, and Julianna Wright.

What does it mean to be human? The imaginations and desires of Dolly the Cyborg and Lucy the Mutant come together in a laboratory ruled over by Dora the Attendant. The Experiment explores historical legacies of colonialism, world's fairs, and scientific inquiry by drawing from personalized stories of queer and racialized resistance. This staged reading will showcase an in-progress script written by co-founders of the critically acclaimed Stamp Lab, Ana-Maurine Lara and kt shorb.

Donations encouraged, but none turned away for lack of funds.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

GenEnCo Presents: "Before This Was Texas" - an in-progress showing


"Before This Was Texas"

an in-progress showing
with kt shorb, Saray de Jesus Rosales, Krysta Gonzales, and Carole Metellus

With poetry by Kimberly Alidio

Monday, 2/28 at 8:15; Kayim Atrium (Trinity Street entrance to the Visual Arts Center in the Art Building on University of Texas at Austin campus)

Part of the Engaging Research component of The Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op.