Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower

Sun, February 27, 2011

2:00 pm

ATA

San Francisco, CA

$10.00

This event is all ages

Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower starring Chilly Gonzalez, Tiga, Peaches and Feist with music by Chilly Gonzalez and Boys Noize, is the story of two brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Hershell is a chess purist, the prodigal son. Thadeus is a disciplined, ruthless competitor. After 4 nomadic years in Europe, in quixotic pursuit of 'Jazz Chess', Hershell returns. Thadeus has become a successful but arrogant Canadian Chess Champion engaged to marry Hershell's former sweetheart Marsha. Hershell challenges Thaddeus in the next Canadian Chess Championship. During the final match, Thadeus is flustered by Hershell's Zen-like demeanor,and sets himself up for certain defeat. Who will be the new Chess Champion ? Whose trophy will Marsha be ?

Ivory Tower is a tour de force, a series set pieces performed with simple gestures in modulating forms. It’s a a Rocky-inspired sports parody; a Sirkean melodrama; a nouvelle Nouvelle-vague Free Jazz riff; a music video; a silent era pastiche. 
In the end, Ivory Tower’s modal composition is the closest we’ll get to an explanation of Hershell’s esoteric vision for “Jazz Chess”.

TRT: 75 Minutes
Venue Information:
ATA
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.atasite.org/