Wendell Cooper/Mx. Oops with STEFA* & Slim Ninja
Thursday, May 18, 9:00pm
Friday, May 19, 8:30pm
Saturday, May 20, 8:30pm
Sunday, May 21, 8:30pm
Performeum, Halle 4
Laxenburger Str. 2A, 1100 Wien
Beyond identity there 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 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?
Mixing elements of vogue, capoeira, urban dance, sound meditation, video projection and rap Mx. Oops/Wendell Cooper performs a multimedia ritual; a dynamic exploration of embodiment to heals the effects of her toxic masculinity. Featuring composer and performer STEFA* and guest choreography and performance by Slim Ninja.
Created and performed by Mx. Oops/Wendell Cooper with STEFA* & Slim Ninja
Wendell Cooper/Mx. Oops is a multimedia performance artist focused on the intersection of urban arts and consciousness studies. 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, various US cities, and has been presented in NYC venues such as American Realness at Abrons Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, Santos Party House, The Box, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, and Harlem Stage.
Founder of Complex Stability, Cooper creates interdisciplinary work with a focus on the intersection of urban arts and consciousness studies to engage the public in a conversation around how culturally engrained biases creep into our consciousness and interrupt our ability to transcend apparent ‘otherness’.
Cooper performs as Mx. Oops, ‘an ambisexual juggernaut from a sister dimension’. Mx. Oops is a manifestation of Cooper’s training in mediation and healing, using multimedia performance and installation as a tool to explore the role of consciousness in the age of new media.
Cooper has taught and performed as Mx. Oops both nationally and internationally. Urban dance and rapping, as a part of an emerging global language of Hip Hop, have served as a way for him to share ideas and philosophies with artist in many cultures. This sense of urban dance and electronic music being a transcultural space of inclusion and sharing of information is central to his work.
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. [www.mxoops.com]
STEFA* is a composer and performer. Drawing inspiration from the intersection of politics, the self and her cultures, she relishes in taking apart language and classical structures juxtaposed with the raw voice. In projecting new narratives, she is taking back her power. Classically trained in both voice and acting, her alma matters include Laguardia Arts (NY) and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). After studying voice for 20 years, she had the opportunity to facilitate ‘Cantos Primitivos//Primal Songs’, a workshop while a resident at TrueQué Artist Residency in Ayampe, Ecuador (2017). Unit52 member with INTAR Theatre. Educator at Museum of the Moving Image + International Center of Photography. Current endeavors include composing a film score for a New York Live Arts funded multi-media video project, ‘La Morena’. Debut EP coming Summer 2017. [www.stefalives.com]
Jason Anthony Rodriguez aka Slim Ninja, native of New York City, quietly grew up within a niche of the vogue community exploring underground dance from a curious distance. Primarily, exposed to the world of dance at Brockport College which sparked the pursuit of a professional career. Furthering his training, he transferred to Purchase College to excel his technique by training with the Conservatory of Dance as an Arts Management major. Jason was invited by Dwight Rhoden to attend the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive. After graduating Purchase College in 2012, he received opportunities to strengthen his technical, teaching and choreographic aesthetics with Kevin Wynn by assisting him in setting pieces and teaching classes.
Jason has been seen assisting Ballet Teacher Dorit Koppel both in class and on media for Broadway Dance Center’s BDC Move. He has also 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 as a dancer for APAP. Also, he was a part of the pre-production progress of the Off-Broadway show Fortress of Solitude with Camille A Brown and Dancers. He has also performed with Buglisi Dance Theatre in their yearly ritual of The Table of Silence.
Now, he is personal/rehearsal assistant for Kevin Wynn who is faculty at Purchase College and at the Alvin Ailey School. 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.”