Anna Azizzy Double Feature Presented by New Hazlett TheaterThursday, May 21, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Grab your wristbands and leg warmers and get sweatin’ with performance artist Anna Azizzy as they lead you in a totally absurd workout that will get you pumped! Once you are sweating, grab the popcorn and watch selections from Azzizy’s solo-performance, The Secret Life of Gym Girls, which premiered as part of the CSA series at The New Hazlett Theater on December 4, 2019.
Streamed on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel. (run-time 75 minutes)
The Secret Life of Gym Girls tells the story of Harper Frances and her gymnastics team, their moms, and their coach. While together at the gym, they are seemingly happy in their world. Apart, their queer and unusual desires are revealed. Full of quirky animation and lullaby music, Azizzy’s work is hilarious, weird, and imperfect.
The New Hazlett Theater’s CSA Performance Series supports five emerging artists each year as they develop a new work for the stage. The artists we choose have artistic visions that run the full spectrum of the performing arts. We are proud to know that the work produced at the New Hazlett contributes to the rich cultural fabric of our city.
Special thanks to:
Anna Azizzy (performer / writer / multimedia artist) processes their identity by performing absurd and hilarious exaggerations of their life and wishes. Their practice spans many mediums, including performance art, video art, experimental music, and gymnastics, most often working with wonky green screen animation, flamboyant characters, and soft sculpture. Anna is from Pittsburgh, where they earned their BA in Experimental Theater and Sculptural Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, work various art gigs, coach gymnastics, and host the Side Split Variety Show.
Lex (choir) bops around the burg in the air and on the ground. They joined the circus this year and like it when things ferment. Catch them in the park or at the glitterbox.
Deyo Cayten (choir) is a songwriter who has been singing since the day xe was born! Favorite things include cats, the color yellow, broccoli, peach red bull, and rainy days. Xe forgot xyr only line in The Music Man in middle school, but is excited to be supporting fellow artist Anna Azizzy through xyr involvement with this production!
R.M. Guido (choir) uses movement improvisation, performance and education practices, to help others notice and recognize their own full, shifting, and intricate bodies. Recently their work has been encrusting their head in rhinestone armor, pressing their cheek to strangers’ cheeks, and practicing care by cleaning up. This year they have performed with slowdanger, Eric Weidenhof, Bombyx Collective, and on their own, in PGH, NYC, DC, and rural Vermont. @rmglightentry.
B.B. Kenda (stagehand) is an imaginative creator of objects, spaces, videos, and performances. Their aim is to include playfulness, self-exploration, sincerity, humor, and love in all that they do. Check out bbkenda.online to delve into their world!
Celeste Neuhaus (choir) is a witch who fuses art and magic. Her work insists upon ecosocial justice by revealing the widely overlooked interdependencies between the corporeal, psychological, cultural, political, ecological, and cosmological. Celeste has performed and exhibited objects and images throughout the United States in galleries, magic temples, DIY spaces, salt flats, fields of wildflowers, vacant lots, rooftops, and art museums. She also professionally guides individuals in developing a healthy relationship with their unique creative process.
Jacob Rosati (sound design) is a composer and sound artist born in Pittsburgh and based in Mexico City. He composes music for films, spaces, and experiments while focusing on using organic tones in inorganic ways. He is the Audio Director of TEDx Cambridge and makes experimental music as YAKA.
Harriet Steinbrock Smith (assistant director/ stage manager) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist. Her work encompasses illustration, creative writing, painting, screen printing, textile design and clothing production. Harriet was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She studied visual art at LaGuardia High School for Music and Art, and at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Harriet moved to Pittsburgh on a whim in 2013, and has resided here ever since.
Nick Stocks (choir) Idaho born, Montana raised, Midwest toasted and finally calling Pittsburgh home Nick Stocks has been a diy theater and performance interloper since 2005. He currently runs the Glitterbox Theater with three other untrained enthusiasts and sings his heart out when anyone gives him the chance. While not so much a cornerstone of any artistic edifice he hopes himself at least a bonding agent of some kind. A noble goal.
Photography: Renee Rosensteel /Videography: Christopher Smalley & Anna Azizzy/ Sound Board Operator: Chris Fritsky/ Lighting Board Operator: Piper Clement/ Video Editor: Anna Azizzy & Kristin Helfrich