HAPPY TO SEE YOU: WILD PROJECT (WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER)

We the audience played a vital role as both subject and spectator, with the piece highlighting the seductive anxiety of overexposure.  The remote-controlled drone was hella entertaining...Where will the drone perform next?  

- psycho-girl: http://www.psycho-girl.com/gray-spaces-wild-project/

 

REMOTE: KNOCKDOWN CENTER, FIRST PERSON VIEW (WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER)

One of the most compelling parts of the exhibit was not the obstacle course itself, but a separate work by performer Cara Francis. 

MOTHERBOARD, http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-is-how-it-feels-to-dance-with-a-drone?utm_source=mbfb

Remote not only shows participants an unfamiliar perspective of their own body, it captures those images as well. 

Bedford and Bowery: http://bedfordandbowery.com/2015/08/drone-performance-with-sexy-undertones-at-first-person-view/

...as a direct comment on the military DNA of the machines, after the performances, she will betray that love and replace the green screen with images of drone strikes and warfare. 

Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/art-as-seen-by-drones-1439499627

 

REMOTE: TROUW/NEW MUSEUM, AUNTS FOR CAMERA (WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER)

The idea of personalizing forces larger than oneself equally abounds in Cara Francis’ installation REMOTE, which utilized the medium of hand dances and interviews from the viewpoint of an AR Drone.

While the different perspectives enabled by the camera mounted on the drone itself were engaging enough, the truly compelling aspect of the installation are the staging of intricate hand dances performed in response to such queries as “Show me what you can do.”

The presentation of hand dances more than anything served most effectively in my opinion to invite a consideration of dance as an interface for critical engagement. By focusing on a simple appendage, Francis’ work does more than any of the other exhibits for getting the viewer to consider the dance form of choreography as an interface
in and of itself.

http://www.sciartinamerica.com/blog/dancing-with-a-purpose-in-new-museums-auntsforcamera-exhibition

Saturated color in Cara Francis's REMOTE might signify human individuality, but images of blindfolded bodies and depersonalizing AR drone aerial shots, jerky framing and limbs detached by editing pull things in a completely opposite direction. An interesting and ominous tension.

-https://infinitebody.blogspot.com/2014/12/auntsforcamera-show-opens-at-new-museum.html

 New York Times Feature Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/arts/dance/a-museum-show-for-aunts-the-roving-dance-party.html?_r=0

 

COMPLETE AND CONDENSED STAGE DIRECTIONS OF EUGENE O'NEILL (DESIGNER AND PERFORMER)

a wry workout - NY Times Critic'c Pick: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/30/theater/oneills-stage-directions-turned-into-a-play.html?_r=1

a delightfully irreverent stunt - http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/the-complete-condensed-stage-directions-of-eugene-oneill-volume-2

We are in a playroom for a company dedicated to frolic and mess. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/a-different-look-eugene-oneil--through-his-plays-stage-directions/2012/04/20/gIQAX2hVWT_story.html

one awkwardly hilarious moment follows another.http://dctheatrescene.com/2012/04/22/the-complete-and-condensed-stage-directions-of-eugene-oneill-volume-1-early-plays-lost-plays

The ensemble morphs into two characters before our eyes and offers grace and theatricality that rivals the best of Anne Bogart and Julie Taymor. - http://www.stageandcinema.com/2011/09/12/complete-condensed-oneill-vol

Cara Francis does wonders here. My favorite pieces were the metallic shark headpieces, reminiscent of tin-foil hats; the red life raft in "Thirst" and the powder boxes disguised as books in "Servitude." The clocks on the wall, designated for six of the seven plays, are also a nice touch for setting the time of day. - http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-off-off-broadway/the-complete-condensed-stage-directions-1005349382.story

an impish illustration of how lively entertainment can be created from theatrical spare parts. NY Times Critics Pick: (Charles Isherwood), http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/theater/reviews/neo-futurists-present-stage-directions-from-oneill-plays.html

devilishly clever - New York Post, http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/do_ask_for_directions_35CY0GOSbdQ6RVMl8qmEPI

brilliant minimalists - New York Magazine (Scott Brown) http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/09/stage_dive_1.html

 

TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND (WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER)

the adorable Cara Francis illustrated a series of one-liners about twenty-something women, using nearly every part of her body and a lot of rueful anxiety New Yorker (by Hilton Als)

 

FANTASY GRANDMA (WRITER, PERFORMER)

Delightfully batty...Funny?  You bet. Still, the strokes are not broad: the pair gracefully, creatively and subtly embodies a range of contrasting qualities that provoke cognitive dissonance and fascination:  young/old, hip/dowdy, gentle/painful, love/anger, defiance/resignation, funny/serious.

- Title Magazine http://www.title-magazine.com/2014/02/funny-stuff/

an elderly woman with a walker -New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/arts/a-roomful-of-funny-women-bonding-over-the-new-york-comedy-life.html

a few hard candies -Time Out New York, http://ucbcomedy.com/media/6582

I had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to sit in on an audition for an upcoming comedy festival and one of the performing groups has haunted the recesses of my mind ever since. Its name is Fantasy Grandma.

-the apiary, http://www.theapiary.org/the-apiary/2011/3/23/who-is-fantasy-grandma.html

 

INTERVIEWS:

Talk of the Town: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/16/between-the-lines-2

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bess-rowen/i-puppet-new-york-neo-futurists-soft-hydraulics_b_3038816.html

BOMB Magazine: http://bombmagazine.org/article/6135/the-neo-futurists-cometh

Visible Soul: http://zackcalhoon.blogspot.com/2014/04/people-you-should-know-cara-francis.html