Kate Liebman
Legal Tender
Video, 30:36 minutes
In a yearlong collaborative devising practice, collaborators Andalyn Young (performance), Kate Liebman (video), Kyle Dacuyan (poet/performance), and Michael Costagliola (music/sound) with Antigravity Performance Project (directors Michael T. Williams and Francesca Montanile) present Legal Tender. Exploring the relationships between information, consumer culture, labor, and borders – Legal Tender draws attention to our eroding news and media environments, and the places where fact, opinion, and falsehood settle unconsciously. Made partly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Legal Tender is inflected with our more fully digital and remote present tense.

KATE LIEBMAN works in painting, drawing, printmaking, and video. She graduated from Columbia University with her MFA in 2019, and Yale College with her BA in 2013. She has received residencies and grants from the Lower East Side Printshop, the Vermont Studio Center, the Institute for Investigative Living at AZ West, and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, among others. 




ANDALYN YOUNG (performance) makes interdisciplinary artistic work centered on the body. She has performed with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, The Eva Steinmetz Project, and Antigravity Performance Project, among others. Her collaborations have been presented in the Czech Republic, Finland, Croatia, Belgium, London, Seattle, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.KYLE DACUYAN (text/performance) writes poems and makes performance. Recent poems appear in Ambit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, and Social Text, among other places. He is a 2021 NEA Fellow in Creative Writing and Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's. He is the author of INCITEMENTS, forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2022.MICHAEL COSTAGLIOLA (music/sound) is a Brooklyn-based sound designer and composer. His work has been heard in New York at La MaMa, Rattlestick, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, and Ars Nova among others, as well as at various theatres across the U.S., Europe, and India, and on the NPR program Hidden Brain. BA in Music, Brown University, MFA in Sound Design, Yale School of Drama.

FRANCESCA MONTANILE LYONS (co-director) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia & Co-Artistic Director of Antigravity Performance Project. Credits include creating Dear Diary LOL (2017-2018); directing All 100 Fires (2019), Fourth Quarter (2018), and Rough & Tumble (2018); and co-creating/performing Girl Poop (2019-present), The Hopefuls 2016 (2016). MFA in Devised Performance, UArts/Pig Iron School (2016). www.francescamontanilelyons.com

MICHAEL T. WILLIAMS (co-director) is a queer-identified devised and ensemble theatre artist - part director, performer, and educator. Driven by visual storytelling and original scores, his work explores the marriage of the divine and the profane, unreliable first person narratives, and the healing capacity of community. Michael is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Theater Program at Georgetown University. michaeltimothywilliams.com

ANTIGRAVITY PERFORMANCE PROJECT (producer) is a devising company with a creative aesthetic rooted in vibrant image, movement, music, and performance text. Our diverse company works have been hailed for their “beautiful visuals” (Phindie), “extraordinary physical performances” (Broad Street Review) and “energizing and frightening images” (The New York Times). We work with actor-creators, musicians, writers, poets, composers, dancers, educators, and visual artists who contribute to the evolution of our collaborative creative process.