December 5, 2017 Ivan’s original essay “A Ride on the Magic Mushroom” was officially published in Caustic Frolic — the superb academic journal for New York University’s Center for Experimental Humanities! READ ARTICLE HERE: http://causticfrolic.org/nonfiction/ride-on-the-magic-mushroom/ In this article, Ivan theorizes a new type of “eco-centric theater” that attempts to manifest the intelligence and consciousness of the Earth on stage. Using mushrooms as both an object of analysis and as a lens for greater phenomena, this article gestures towards an ontological reality in which humans can cultivate active relationships with terrestrial agents that we have only lately come to think of as “inanimate.”
Ivan Espinosa will perform in Brooklyn, New York in an outdoor, group dance-installation as a part of the 2017 LEIMAY Garden Project. LEIMAY is the artistic duo of interdisciplinary artists Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, founders of the New York Butoh Festival, the annual SOAK Festival, and The CAVE organization in Brooklyn.
This FREE performance is part of the New York Restoration Project’s “Arts in the Gardens” program and will take place at a community garden in Brooklyn. Founded by Bette Midler, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) aims to enhance the quality of life in New York City via a comprehensive approach to urban land management.
See photos from previous Garden Project performances here:
Ivan was interviewed about his artistic journey thus far by The Evergreen State College News Bulletin and featured on their home page. You can view the article here:
Evergreen Art Student Earns Graduate School Scholarship to NYU
FROM THE ARTICLE: “What motivates me as a theater artist is the desire to explore how we can use art—specifically performance and theater—to strengthen our relationship to the Earth and to remember how interconnected we are as human beings to its ecosystems.”