Mx. Oops / Wendell Cooper
Sunday, January 8, 7:00pm – SOLD OUT*
Monday, January 9, 5:30pm
Tuesday, January 10, 8:30pm
*A waiting list will begin 30 minutes before each performance.
Run Time: 60 minutes
Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20
Beyond identity is the plasma of oneness; a dream space, both physical and energetic, that can hold the fullness of we. Carrying Capacity is a speculative journey mixing the sacred and profane. It asks—what is the connection between our capacity to love ourselves as simultaneously sexual, spiritual, and social beings with our collective future on this dusty rock? Mx. Oops / Wendell Cooper performs a multimedia ritual using sound meditation, urban dance, video projection, and rap, within an installation by sculptor Jasmine Murrell; featuring guest choreography and performance by Slim Ninja. The soul is invoked, gender is rendered ephemeral, and together we contemplate, in celebration, the sometimes unfortunate profundity of embodiment. For a preparatory guided meditation, visit mxoops.com.
Photo by Stan Pierson, bodypaint by Charly Joaquin Dominguez
Choreography, Video, Costume, Music / Lyrics – Wendell Cooper / Mx. Oops
Music – Christopher Edmondson / Omen Phaze
Sculpture – Jasmine Murrell
Costume (Singlets) – Yozmit
Jewelry – Renee Alberts
Choreography, Performance – Jason Anthony Rodriguez / Slim Ninja
Performance – Timothy Edwards
Performance – Shekoya Gordon
Performance – Graziella Murdocca
Performance – Phe-Be Smith
Wendell Cooper/Mx. Oops is a multimedia performance artist focused on the intersection of urban arts and consciousness studies; rapping and dancing within video installations. A certified yoga instructor (500hr RYT) and practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage, he is also trained in various forms of energy healing. His work has toured Kenya, China, Russia, the Netherlands, and has been presented in NYC venues such as HERE Arts Center, Santos Party House, The Box, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, and Harlem Stage. His work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund, and as a Cultural Enjoy of the U.S. State Department in Kenya. Cooper studied dance and religion at the George Washington University and completed an Integrated Media Arts MFA at Hunter College. He currently teaches in Lehman College’s Dance (BA) and Multimedia Performing Arts (BFA) Programs.
Christopher Edmondson (aka Omen Phaze) is an electronic music producer, writer, visual and performing artist. With a specialization in large scale electronic music production, he has toured extensively across the United States and composed music for several artists including: Conspirator, The Disco Biscuits, and Untamed.
Jasmine Murrell is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. She has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from Hunter College. Her works has been exhibited nationally and internationally for the past decade, in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Bronx Museum, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Art Basel and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Amsterdam News, NY1 News and The Detroit News.
Yozmit is a Los Angeles based singer song writer, visual performance artist. Through the ritualistic performance art, Yozmit combines theater, dance, pop culture, fashion, gender identity, mythology and shamanism onto a single canvas. She sees her art as a form of research that helps define the unknown mysteries of her universe. She is currently working on ‘Do You’ – music/fashion/performance art campaign which uses the imagery and a ‘Pop Star’ iconography of contemporary stardom as a vehicle for engagement towards our own path of self-discovery with the intention of reminding everyone that we all are ‘Star Seeds’. Yozmit utilizes her art that is presented to a mainstream audience as a medium of healing of the human consciousness.
Renee Alberts‘ poetry, music, and visual art have appeared in print, dance performances, live radio shows, and at least one tattoo. She is author of the poetry collections No Water and As They Fall and editor of Natural Language. As Animoon Workshop, she and co-founder Cathie Coleman create jewelry and collage art. animoonworkshop.com
Jason Anthony Rodriguez, native of New York City, quietly grew up within a niche of the vogue community. He studied at Brockport College and furthered his training at Purchase College to excel his technique by training with the Conservatory of Dance as an Arts Management major. He has been recently seen on the Netflix series “The Get Down” directed by Baz Luhrmann as a featured voguer. He has performed with Abraham.In.Motion, Camille A Brown and Dancers, and Buglisi Dance Theatre. Now, he is personal/rehearsal assistant for Kevin Wynn. He is a voguer/choreographer for the Iconic House of Ninja and has recently premiered his work “Immersion in Vogue” at Summerstage 2016. Gia Kourlas of The NY Times has recently mentioned his work “a vibrant performance…promising…“Immersion in Vogue,” by Jason Rodriguez or Slim Ninja.”
Dancer, choreographer and teacher Timothy Edwards, a Hawai1i native, began his journey into dance at the age of fourteen when he stepped in his first dance class, African dance. From that day on his teacher, Desiree Kramer, would give him the tools and inspiration to pursue his new found dance dream. After receiving his B.A. in Dance at Hunter College, Timothy now works with David Dorfman Dance Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Eva Dean Dance as well as other NYC companies and choreographers. He has had the honor of teaching nationally and internationally Hip Hop, Breaking and other street styles.
Shekoya Gordon grew up in Bronx, New York and graduated Cum Laude from Lehman College
with her Dance B.A. She has trained with Ni’Ja Whitson, Michael Manswell, Amy Larimer, Wendell Cooper, Vangeline and Eddie Taketa. In the last two years she has been apart of sixteen works from various artists and also produced five of her own. She has performed works by Ephrat Asherie, Michael Manswell, Ni’Ja Whitson, Stephen Hill, Emylice Landestoy, Brittany Wilson and Vangeline. This would be her second time working with Wendell Cooper. Her work has been presented at the Lovinger Theater and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.
Graziella Murdocca is a native New Yorker who began her dance training at age 3. She graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Mathematics and Dance. Currently, she dances for In Mixed Company, The Next Stage Project, Shawnbibledanceco, Bare Dance Company and Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance. She is excited to share the stage with Mx. Oops/Wendell Cooper and the entire Carrying Capacity cast!
Phe-be Smith is a Dance major, Middle/High School Education minor currently attending Lehman College. Smith has studied at Bronx Dance Theatre, Mind Builder’s Creative Arts Center, and Dr. Daniel Hale Williams School for the Performing Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Ailey School with a focus in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Salsa and Liturgical Dance. She has performed throughout the tri- state area with Young Dancemakers Company, CityKids Repertory Company, Hip-Hop Theory, and The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, The Herbert H. Dance Company and The Bronx Repertory Company.