‘In the Shadow of No Tower’

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Following its 2007 performance at Italy’s Signal Festival, the Syntax Error will perform the American debut of their piece “In the Shadow of No Tower (After Art Spiegelman)” at ISSUE Project Room on September 11.

An animated film and graphic menagerie based on Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel “In The Shadow of No Towers,” in which relates his personal experiences during the September 11th attacks, this multifaceted piece will be accompanied by a live experimental soundtrack interwoven with spoken word.

Inspired by the compassion, light and irony evoked in Spiegelman’s book, Syntax Error’s Anne Rothshild, Maria Isabel Gouverneur and Marco Cappelli transposed and transformed the account into a video piece, paired with nuanced compositions that sweep through various musical vernaculars rooted in kaleidoscopic improvisation.

One of two special guests joining the ensemble for this premier will be renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer Elliott Sharp, who will contribute guitar, bass clarinet and live electronic elements. The other is acclaimed actor, monologist and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Eric Bogosian, who will lend his distinctive, minimalist style as narrator of the piece.

The 8 p.m. show is at ISSUE Project Room in The (OA) Can Factory, 232 Third Street, third floor in Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 with advance reservations (email or $20 at the door.

For more, call 718-330-0313 or visit

ISSUE provides an open and versatile environment where both established and emerging artists can conduct, exhibit and perform new and site-specific work according to their respective visions. Through an evolving collaboration with curators, artists and educators, ISSUE Project Room fosters a wide-range of artistic projects that challenge and expand conventional practices in art. ISSUE Project Room fulfills its mission through a series of innovative programs, events, exhibitions, performances, talks and concerts.

Updated 3:43 pm, October 19, 2011
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