Brooklyn-based artist Sam Mickens presents his new performance work, “Kayfabe: Game of Death” at Death by Audio Saturday, November 6th & Sunday, November 7th, MMX.
A brutal reveille for this new phase of his NY-based performance work, “Kayfabe: Game of Death” sprung, fully grown and armored, from Mickens’ recent obsessions with and voluminous research into the professional wrestling and wrestlers from the era of his youth and, further, from the larger concept worlds that thread through and explode from that of professional wrestling. Also integrating thematic elements from Mickens’ longstanding obsession with the Rev. Jim Jones & his Peoples Temple, as well as a Homeric sense of poetic sweep, the piece will utilize elements of dramatic text, song, modern movement, video, and less definable modes to deliver a raw smackdown of avant pageantry.
Cleo Fishel | Laurel Jones | Charlie Looker | Alexis Marcelo | Noah Mickens | Sam Mickens | Mike Pride | Steven Reker | Alan Sutherland | and others
“Kayfabe: Game of Death” at Death by Audio [49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY]
Saturday Nov. 6th & Sunday Nov. 7th at 8pm
$10-15 sliding scale. Noone will be turned away for lack of funds,
though seating will be limited.
In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is, the portrayal of professional wrestling as unstaged or worked. Referring to events or interviews as being a “work” means that the event/interview has been “kayfabed” or staged, and/or is part of a wrestling storyline while being passed off as legitimate. In relative terms, a wrestler breaking kayfabe during a show would be likened to an actor breaking character on camera.
Etymology: Thought to have originated as carny slang for “protecting the secrets of the business”; may ultimately originate from Pig Latin for “fake” (“ake-fay”) or the phrase “be fake.”