The free mini-festival is curated by Andy Horwitz and Geoffrey Scott, along with Dr. Frank Hentschker.
Among the artists and companies who will exhibit work are the Air Band, Banana Bag and Bodice, Big Art Group, Big Dance Theater, Builders Association, Sheila Callaghan, Raul Vincent Enriquez, FLUXCONCERT, Richard Foreman, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Moving Theater, The Paper Industry, Neal Medlyn, NTUSA, NYC Players, Okwui Okpokwasili, Joyce Cho, Andrew Schneider, Jenny Schwartz, Ruth Sergel and Peter Von Salis, Ivan Talijancic/Wax Factory, Temporary Distortion and Tal Yarden.
Also on the bill is "Spotlight on Poland," an early glimpse at 59E59 Theater's Native Poland Festival, that will run Off-Broadway in October.
In addition to the open rehearsals, readings, and work-in-progress performances, Prelude '08 will host talkback sessions between the audience and the artists throughout the four-day festival.
The focus of Prelude '08, according to press notes, will be "'How does the space where a work is presented affect context?,' thus considering how the lines between theatre, dance, performance art, spoken word and multi-media increasingly overlap, and how performances in non-traditional venues – especially museums – have become more and more popular with audiences. To that end, Prelude '08 will feature artists and their new works of Interactive Art, Moving Art, Video Art, Poetic Art and Ensemble Art." Panel participants include Mark Russell (Under the Radar), Debra Singer (The Kitchen), Marianne Weems (The Builders Association), Yehuda Duenyas (NTUSA), Susan Feldman (St. Ann's Warehouse), David Cote (Time Out New York), Eric Dyer (Radiohole), Richard Foreman and Vallejo Gantner (P.S. 122).
Prelude '08 takes place at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave. at 34 St.) at The City University of New York in Manhattan. All performances are on a first-come, first-served basis.
For further information phone (212) 817-1860 or visit Prelude08.