Tune in for a mind-blowing exploration of the live theatrical experience in the digital space from one of the most creative artistic endeavors to emerge from the pandemic. Stuck in his East Village apartment, Joshua William Gelb discovered his closet to be a unique and creative performance space. Called “Virtuosic” by Jesse Green in the New York Times, who wrote, “The closet has produced some of the new medium’s most imaginative work.”
Theater in Quarantine (TiQ) is a performance laboratory dedicated to the exploration of the live theatrical experience in the digital space. Developed by Founder/Co-Creative Director Gelb and Co-Creative Director Katie Rose McLaughlin, TiQ has created and live streamed over 25 new, original works of performance. TiQ has worked with an array of remote collaborators (including Raja Feather Kelly, Heather Christian, Karen Olivo, and Underground Railroad Game’s Scott R. Sheppard); and partnered with The Invisible Dog, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club, CultureHub and Theater Mitu.
In their first year, TiQ has been established as one of the most consistent makers of digital performance, having been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, on NPR’s All Things Considered; and reached audiences across the globe. Helen Shaw in Vulture wrote that the closet “makes confinement a virtue, a prompt to imagination.”
A2SF is thrilled to commission a new piece in which TiQ will partner with musician Ki5 who will perform live from the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) while TiQ performs simultaneously over a live stream from New York City.
About Ki5: Vocalist, songwriter, and producer Kyler Wilkins from Ann Arbor, Michigan has been performing as Ki5 using nothing but a loop station and a simple effects unit since 2017. His vibrant composition style – influenced by his time in a cappella groups – explores every crevice of the human voice meshed with beatboxing and delivers familiar genres such as R&B, pop, and soul to name a few. His honest, empathetic, and freeing style has been influenced by Reggie Watts, and Bon Iver.
NPR’s All Songs Considered says this about Ki5’s 2019 live-looping performance of “Honey” off his first EP Looking for the Sun: “Like honey, [his] falsetto is sweet; the layers of loops are sticky and soothing, building to a celebratory bridge, then melting back down to calming waves.”
Leading up to summer 2021, Ki5 has been focused on studio recording and collaborating with fellow artists around the U.S. and Canada to expand upon his vocal-driven style and push himself into new, intriguing territory involving more instrumentation. Recent songs such as “Sunny Days (Remix),” “Made of Stars,” and “Show Me Freedom” are expressions of his musical and personal growth and he hopes his practice of empathy is on display at every performance.
TiQ’s full archive can be found and streamed anytime on their YouTube channel at youtube.com/theaterinquarantine.
TiQ will premiere on Youtube on June 21 at 7pm & 9pm EDT. The performance will be livestreamed from UMMA.