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Hayley Aviva Silverman, *Twister*, 2016, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2016 MoMA PS1, New York.

Hayley Aviva Silverman presents her ninth ‘dog play’, in which a small cast of untrained dogs take on well-known characters from popular culture.

This edition combines elements from the disaster film Twister, 1996, with Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, interspersed with songs from the musical, Oliver!. Each dog carries a speaker that projects the internal monologue of its character, prerecorded by human actors, including Vaginal Davis. The play takes place against an apocalyptic backdrop, made in collaboration with Matthew Schrader.

Silverman’s performances embrace and question the nostalgic spaces occupied by mainstream films, music, and literature through a performative re-telling. Creating elaborated fantasies, the series of dog plays (2010-ongoing) refashion, expand, and revise male-authored narratives.

The reconfiguration of iconic characters and exploration of cultural nostalgia is further examined in Silverman’s series of small resin sculptures, created in soup bowls, currently on view as part of Greater New York.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Charles Dickens…………………………VAGINAL DAVIS
Oliver Twist voice/actor…………………HUNTER OTT / BRONIK
Artful Dodger voice/actor….…………ELAINE B. CASHMORE/ MAGNETO
Fagin voice/actor…………MICHAEL POLLOCK / MR. AMERICA
Radio Announcer…………………………KEREN CYTTER
Mama……………………………RACHEL KOZLOWSKI
Orphan…………………………..FRANCIS
Orphan…………………………..WALKER
Orphan……………………………..LOGAN
Orphan…………………………..MARVIN
Orphan……………..MR. HOLLYWOOD
Orphan…………………………MURRAY


Set Design: MATTHEW SCHRADER and HAYLEY SILVERMAN
Stageplay: MIKE SPRETER and HAYLEY SILVERMAN
Poster Design: NOEL FREIBERT

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

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Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer and Lucy Lie, Production Assistant.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support for Greater New York is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

Special thanks to Elham and Tony Salamé.

This performance accompanies Greater New York.
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.