Johannes Birringer (
Fri, 20 Feb 1998 00:32:46

Announcing to the community:


AlienNation Co. launches series of downtown performances & installations
for Houston FotoFest '98

The new transcultural dance/film and performance ensemble AlienNation Co.
Birringer, Artistic Director) introduces PARACHUTE, a series of striking
music, visual art and film/photography-installation events created in
unused or inaccessible spaces of Houston's historic downtown district and
the former El Mercado del Sol during the International FotoFest 1998
(February 27-March 31).

I.1. Dance-Concert featuring former Houston Ballet dancer/choreographer
Organ and her dancers, with original music composed by Steve Paré
and performed
live, on the 2nd floor empty loft of the new BAYOU PLACE
Friday February 27 (opening night)9:30 pm 520 Texas Avenue, free
Saturday February 28 9:30 pm tickets at the door: $ 12
Sunday March 1 8:3o pm tickets at the door:
$ 12

2. Music concert featuring Austin-based Puerto-Rican singer/composer
Lourdes Pérez and musicians at The Americas (former EL MERCADO DEL SOL)
Friday March 6 8:30 pm 2115 Runnels
(Navigation/Jensen) tickets: $ 8
Saturday March 7 8:30 pm tickets: $ 8

II. Installation-Exhibition opens at 316 Main Street (former "Dean's
Credit and
Clothes" building). Open daily, March 8 - 29, 12 to 7 pm. Entry free
1. Plastic Installation by Tania Botelho and Zita Giraldo Lang
2. Photo projections by Sandra Skrabanek; Photo-Actions by Skrabanek
& Lorrie Spencer
3. Photographic exhibitions by Hans Staartjes and Yiannis Efstathiou
4. Text installation on urban performance ethnography by Abdel Hernández
5. Parachute film installation by Johannes Birringer

III. Children's theatre performance, "MIRA MIRO," by Gabriela Villegas &
Sun at 316 Main Street, Installation Space
Saturday March 14 3:oo pm Entry free
Sunday March 15 3:oo pm Entry free

IV. Parachute Online, live online-webcast of Parachute with footage of
dance and vocal concert, and file images of installation, beamed to
World Wide Web via <> server. March 21

V. Closing Performance, Parachute Solo - a film by Johannes Birringer,
at 316 Main
Street Installation Space: Sunday March 29, 6:oo pm


AlienNation Co. is dedicated to the development of new performance media
live stage performances and exhibitions with new digital art technologies.
The Parachute
cycle was commissioned by FotoFest and created specifically for urban sites
not generally used for art/performance. The company consists of 27
independent artists and is committed to promote diverse cultural expression
and innovative approaches to public art.