Body by Body: BDSMozart

140 Greene St., New York, NY 10012

Thu Nov, 19 2015, 8PM - Sat Nov, 21 2015, 8PM

New York-based Cameron Soren and Melissa Sachs, who together collaborate as Body by Body, transform a historic SoHo loft into a stage for an opera in BDSMozart.

From his well-appointed apartment, bought at the just the right time, Mozart dreams of getting his troublesome, but ultimately lovable children into a good college like Bard, where they can learn how to behave, how to dress, and how to write poetry and literature. Cycling through Western middle-class cultural references, yuppie character types and scenarios, and melodramatic song and dance, BDSMozart reenacts history's curdled ideologies as passed through a gluttonous popular culture.

BDSMozart is commissioned by Rhizome, the leading organization supporting contemporary art engaged with digital culture, as part of Performa 15. With special thanks to Michael Kapsalis for his hospitality in providing his SoHo loft for this performance, and to Sozita Goudouna for organizing the venue.

In addition to the support from generous individuals and our members, Rhizome programs are made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; and the Carolyn K. Tribe Foundation. Rhizome's 2015-2016 commissions are made possible by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.