Performance: Joseph Keckler, 'Let Me Die'

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Performance: Joseph Keckler, 'Let Me Die'
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Performance: Joseph Keckler, 'Let Me Die' says
Joseph Keckler takes over MOCAD's performance space for an afternoon preview of his epic work in progress—restaging hundreds of death scenes from the canon of classical opera!

Straddling the worlds of music, art, performance and theater, Joseph Keckler has garnered acclaim for his rich, versatile 3+ octave voice and sharp wit. Most recently, Keckler playied Chaliapin in the opening run of Dave Malloy’s musical Preludes, directed by Rachel Chavkin and playing at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2013 Dixon Place commissioned his performance piece, I am an Opera. Keckler has been featured on BBC America’s The Nerdist and WNYC Soundcheck, and has appeared at venues including South by Southwest, Joe’s Pub, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Merkin Hall, Union Hall, and BAM. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013.”

Borrowing the title from "Lasciatemi morire," the Monteverdi aria, Joseph Keckler's work-in-progress 'Let Me Die' approaches the canon of tragic opera as a "body perfumed with death" as he ties together and performs fragments of a collection of operatic death scenes in this work, a preview of a new durational performance/installation piece. This presentation will also involve original videos and loosely related interstitial performances.

In partnership with the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and the Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Program.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD