BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group (BBG) is an ensemble of multi-disciplinary artists founded by co-director/performers Jon Burklund and Ilana Stuelpner in 2010, who collaboratively develop performances with co-director/performer Niko Tsocanos and sound artist Anastasia Clarke. Original works in NYC: Cthulhu’s House of Z (HERE: 2012), ZOOM Thousand Time (Incubator Arts: 2013), Don’t Let the Sun Set in Your Ass (Muchmore's: 2014), LMFAOROTFCOL (Triskelion Arts: 2015), and BLANKLAND! (Triskelion Arts: 2015). Their ongoing, episodic performance, Screen Eyed Baby Ice, has been presented in 10 iterations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan since 2012. In 2014, BBG produced the Screen Eyed Baby Ice Performance Series, a traveling variety show that featured SEBI alongside over 25 guest artists working in music, dance, theater, film, and stand-up comedy. BBG’s work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, Salem Art Works Residency Program, and Incubator Arts Short Form Residency Program. BBG develops new work by creating systems of behavior, exploring human/technology interaction, formulating situations of physical/mental discomfort/stress, and by plagiarizing innovatively. They all met at Bennington College.
Jon Burklund (director/performer) is a Brooklyn based theater artist born in New Jersey. Apart from his work with BBG, Jon has collaborated as a performer with John Jesurun, Mina Nishimura, Sogmush Collective, Nick Brooke, Jenny Rohn, Abi Basch, Joe Fenner and Claudia Schnurer. Jon has assistant directed at La Mama and The Cherry Lane Theater. Jon holds a BA from Bennington College, and has trained at Accademia dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Anastasia Clarke (sound design/collaborator) is a Brooklyn based music and sound artist. She has designed sound with BOOM BAT GESTURE for nearly two years, performing onstage/soundperson hybrid roles in Cthulhu's House of Z at HERE and Screen Eyed Baby Ice. She performs her own voice, guitar, and electronics-driven compositions as Silent Isle with percussionist Sandy Gordon, and occasional others.
Ilana Stuelpner (director/performer) was born and raised in Queens, NY. She began collaborating with Jon Burklund at Bennington College creating original works in dance and theater, and has continued to work with an expanded group of college friends in New York City since graduation.
Niko Tsocanos (director/performer) moved to New York in 2011 after receiving his BA from Bennington College where he concentrated his studies in dance and literature. Outside of his work with BBG, Niko has performed with Susan Sgorbati and Elliot Caplan, Dishman + Co, alex|xan: the Median Movement, Annette Herwander, Bradley Teal Ellis, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, and Becky Radway Dance Projects. He currently performs in Third Rail Projects’ Bessie Award Winning Then She Fell.