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February 25

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance

Segal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 26, 2016
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February 25

Frank Castorf – Dämonen

11:00AM
Frank Castorf – Dämonen (TBC)

178 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Coming soon!

Start: Feb 25, 2016
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February 25

Evaldo Mocarzel – BR-3 Documentary

Actor Sergio Siviero. Photo by Edouard Fraipont

Evaldo Mocarzel – BR-3 Documentary (Brazil, 2009)
76 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

The film is a documentary about the process of creation of the play BR-3, staged in Tietê River, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2006.

20131025124344Evaldo Mocarzel is a filmmaker and playwright.

 

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 25

Gob Squad – Live Long and Prosper

1305187-7605-FINAL The Gob Squad portraits on May 14, 2013, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging)

The Gob Squad portraits on May 14, 2013, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging)

12:30PM
Gob Squad – Live Long and Prosper (Germany/UK, 2008-2009)
20 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

What: Seven film sequences are re-staged by seven performers across the city of Berlin. Shown on two screens, the devices of narrative film are doubled up and reflected back on themselves in a cinematic game of ‘spot the difference’.

Where: The mountains of the Wild West become escalators in the central station, a battlefield from a historic war becomes a city fairground and the interior of the Starship Enterprise is played by Pfennigland – a discount shop.

The intertwined sequences and their doppelgangers weave simultaneously towards their inevitably tragic ends. Performers prepare and play-out their scenes with tender seriousness, leaving a trail of pretend corpses, extracted from their borrowed sources and abandoned in cinematic pull backs that reveal everyday urban life continuing around them.

Gob Squad is a seven headed monster, an arts collective with seven bosses. Gob Squad has a schizophrenic identity and a multiple split personality: hermaphrodite, binational and bilingual, both a patchwork family and a social utopia. Gob Squad have been devising, directing, and performing together since 1994, working where theatre meets art, media, and real life. Gob Squad is regularly funded from 2015 to 2018 by the State Berlin, Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. Live Long and Prosper is a Gob Squad production. Funded by: Berliner Kulturverwaltung

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 25

Wunderbaum/Mijke de Jong – Stop Acting Now

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1:00PM
Wunderbaum/Mijke de Jong – Stop Acting Now (The Netherlands, 2016)
82 minutes |  Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

The Rotterdam Actors group, Wunderbaum, will stop acting and will switch over to REAL action. We will follow the actors’ frantic efforts to radically change the world. The actors, who have created socially orientated theatre for years, will set up various world-improving projects in ‘real’ life. The differences in approach, vision, and effectiveness are putting the group under considerable pressure. The central issue is the extent of our personal engagement for the common cause.

Mijke de Jong Stop Acting NowWunderbaum is a Dutch-Flemish actors’ group that makes theater about current issues, both on location and in the theater. Usually, Wunderbaum writes their own texts collectively, based on their own research. Wunderbaum played shows in The Netherlands and abroad, including the U.S., Iran, Scandinavia, and Brazil. In 2013, Wunderbaum started building The New Forest, a four-year project, and growing cooperation with numerous partners, volunteers, and spectators. The New Forest depicts transition and casts an eye on tomorrow’s society. The New Forest consists of theatre performances, seminars, a film project, context programs, and online content. Wunderbaum is based in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and subsidized by the Performing Arts Fund and City of Rotterdam, Department of Arts and Culture.

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 25

Sibylle Dahrendorf – Crackle of Time: Christoph Schlingensief and His Opera Village in Burkina Faso

 

2:00PM
Sibylle Dahrendorf – Crackle of Time: Christoph Schlingensief and His Opera Village in Burkina Faso (Germany, 2012)
106 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Christoph Schlingensief, the German film, theatre, and opera director, had a vision for an opera village in Africa. Despite his battle with cancer, he made frequent trips to Burkina Faso–such was his devotion and conviction. Crackle of Time tells the story of his impossible project: to build an opera village in Burkina Faso, a space which would combine art and life, with a school, theatre, hospital, living quarters, a football field, and a lunchroom. Schlingensief wanted to include everything one needs to live and survive in one place. Everything changed when Christoph Schlingensief died in August 2010.From the initial location search in May 2009 and the groundbreaking in February 2010 to the emergence of the school, the documentary takes us up close to the German artist, Christoph Schlingensief, and his architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré, who originally comes from Burkina Faso. The documentary gets behind the vision of the ‘opera village’ and witnesses its struggles and hurdles. In October 2011, the school celebrated its opening.

Christoph Schlingensief: With his theatre and art actions, as a film maker and opera director, as a talkshow host, and as an author he shaped the cultural and political discourse in Germany and far beyond over two decades. Christoph Schlingensief’s art looks behind the facades of hypocrisy and seeks out hidden desires, fears, dreams, and aggressions. With all the diversity of his means, Schlingensief always claimed he was, first and foremost, a filmmaker.

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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February 25

Rimini Protokoll/Sandra Trosel & Lilli Thalgott – World Climate Change Conference

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2:00PM
Rimini Protokoll/Sandra Trosel & Lilli Thalgott – World Climate Change Conference (Germany)
55 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

A theatrical model of the World Climate Conferences with the 640 members of the audience representing the 196 delegations involved. A brief video version of the highly successful production by Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, 2014.

hd-skizzeABOUT RIMINI PROTOKOLL
Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel studied at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Giessen and work together (in various combinations) under the name of Rimini Protokoll. They are recognized as being among the leaders and creators of the theatre movement known as “Reality Trend” (Theater der Zeit), which has exerted a powerful influence on the alternative theatre scene. Each project begins with a concrete situation in a specific place and is then developed through an intense exploratory process. They have attracted international attention with their dramatic works, which take place in that colorful zone between reality and fiction. Since 2000, Rimini Protokoll has brought its “theatre of experts” to the stage and into city spaces, interpreted by non-professional actors who are called “experts” for that very reason. Since 2004, Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel have been based at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Berlin. Among others, the three have created Shooting Bourbaki (Haug/ Kaegi/Wetzel), which won the NRW-Impulse Prize in 2003 (the same year the Theater magazine yearbook called them the most promising young directors of the year); Deadline (Haug/Kaegi/Wetzel), presented in the Berlin Theatre Encounters in 2004; Schwarzenbergplatz (Haug/ Kaegi/ Wetzel), nominated in Austria for the Nestroy Prize for Theatre; and Wallenstein (Haug/Wetzel), performed in the Theatre Encounters in 2006. Their extremely topical piece Mnemopark (Kaegi) won the Jury Prize at the Politik im freienTheater (Politics in Free Theatre) Festival, while Karl Marx: Das Kapital. Erster Band (Haug/Wetzel) won the Mülheimer Dramatiker Prize in 2007. In November 2007, Haug, Kaegi and Wetzel were awarded the German DER FAUST prize for theatre and in April 2008 they won the European Theatre Prize in Thessaloniki in the category New Realities. Call Cutta in a Box won a Honorary Mention by the Prix Ars Electronica 09 (International Competition for Cyber Arts) in the category Interactive Art. In 2011, they were awarded the Silver Lion of the 41st Venice Biennale, established to honor new theatrical realities.

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 25

Krzysztof Garbaczewski – A Memoir

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4:00PM
Krzysztof Garbaczewski – A Memoir (Poland)
50 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

Albertyna, Marcel, a couple, Charlus, Morel, Lea and others are living their dream together in a 19th century mansion. By following your imagination as closely as possible and motivating your neural networks and memories, you produce a story of your own choice. It is an experiment in understanding the biography of the other. Based on the novel, The Captive, by Marcel Proust, a masterpiece that asks if a human being could be discovered as a utopian project–a definition of his own life and memories and a sensual model of behavior in circumstances that are given only for a particular time period. A Memoir is a story that has been lost.

Krzysztof Garbaczewski JPEGKrzysztof Garbaczewski is a theatre and film director and set designer known for his elaborate sets and innovative adaptations, crossing the boundaries between theatre, film, dance, visual arts, and music.

 

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 25

MOVEMENT: People Get Ready/Ty Flowers | César Vayssié & Boris Charmatz | Carlos Soto

4:30PM – MOVEMENT

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People Get Ready/Ty Flowers– Physiques (US, 2014)
4 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Physiques is an experimental video collaboration between video artist Ty Flowers and performance/music collective People Get Ready. People Get Ready’s Steven Reker choreographed a dance to the song, written by the goup, at 2.5x the normal speed. The video was shot at 2.5x the normal frame rate and, when played back, the dance stays in sync with the music, while all other background elements are surreally out of place.

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Ty Flowers is a multi-disciplinary media artist whose work primarily focuses on the moving screen. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. He moved to New York in 2008. He has shot and edited Television programs for The History Channel, Science, Natgeo, Discovery, A&E, Bio, and the Travel Channel. His work has been exhibited at or been featured in Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, Noisey, and New York Live Arts. This is his first feature film.

People Get Ready is an American four-piece indie band based out of Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Steven Reker, Luke Fassano (formerly of Yeasayer) James Rickman, and Jen Goma. They are known primarily for their live performances, which showcase a blend of rock show and performance art.

 

César Vayssié & Boris Charmatz – Levée
17 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Coming soon!

 

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Carlos Sotoclose your eyes up  tight; you will not sleep tonight (US, 2013)
17 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

The piece utilizes a 1965 Mustang as a mobile mount for a camera that catalogues nighttime streets in the countryside surrounding Willem de Kooning’s Long Island studio. Accompanied by the blues-infused drawl of an electric guitar, the visuals transition slowly from shots of treetops passing overhead to lyrical images from within the car. Utilizing keen frame-rate manipulation and prolonged dissolves, the viewer is pulled in the direction of the car’s motion.

CarlosSotoCarlos Soto (b. 1980) is a director and designer based in New York City. His GIRLMACHINE, premiered at Performa 09; Pig Pig Pig (2010) premiered at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In 2011, he presented at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum. He is a long-time collaborator of Robert Wilson, with whom he has worked since 1997. Soto performs in Andrew Ondrejcak’s You Us We All. Most recently, Soto was artist-in-residence at the Watermill Center, where he began development of a new theatre work, Everything Alright, to premiere in New York City during the 2017-18 season.

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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February 25

Keeril Makan/Jay Scheib – Persona

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5:00PM
Keeril Makan/Jay Scheib – Persona
(US, 2015)
81 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

Persona is a provocative and artistically complex opera-theatre depiction of human frailty, cruelty, and identity. The libretto has been adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s original screenplay for the 1966 classic film, which has been described as a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth dealing, with ontological subjectivity and the gaze of cinema itself.

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 25

QUEER: Eleanor Fogg and Vivianna Chiotini/johnsmith | I Am A Boys Choir | Sylvan Oswald & Maria Cataldo

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Eleanor Fogg and Vivianna Chiotini/johnsmith – what it feels like for a girl (UK, 2015)
6 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

johnsmith is a whatever being. Channeling Patrick Bateman and Madonna, john gets something off their chest in this razor sharp and revealing cabaret performance.

johnsmith imageWhen johnsmith was born, an atom was fired at two slits. The scientists were surprised to see that the singular atom/john behaved like a fluid wave, and appeared to flow through both slits at the same time. They wanted to look closer, so they fired the atom/john again and watched. Under the pressure of an audience, the atom/john started behaving like a particle again and chose one slit to go through. The scientists keep repeating the experiment, and every time the atom/ john is watched it makes a different choice. Each performance john makes chrysalises, one persona from many possibilities.

 

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I Am A Boys Choir – demonstrating the imaginary body (US, 2015)
27 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

demonstrating the imaginary body is a work that exists somewhere between a gender studies lecture and an ice skating competition. Powered by the queer imagination, I Am A Boys Choir investigates the body myth of the female athlete and the process of earning institutional validation by conforming to specific identity markers in regards to class and gender. There is also a lot of Tonya Harding.

boyschoirPORTRAIT1I AM A BOYS CHOIR is a queer identified interdisciplinary performance collective founded in 2013 by designer Adam Rigg, choreographer Chris DeVita, and playwright Kate Attwell. Works have been seen at The Public Theater, REDCAT, La MaMa ETC, The Invisible Dog, Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place, The Wassaic Project, Mount Tremper Arts, JACK, and BAM.

 

 

 

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Sylvan Oswald & Maria Cataldo – Outtakes (US, 2015)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Outtakes is a lo-fi web series based on the genre of the transition video. People in the process of transitioning their gender create these raw journal entries on cell phones and webcams to share experiences and information, and to feel less isolated by reaching out and building community online. Outtakes blurs the lines between what is real and what is imagined. The show is about what it means when a very private journey has to happen in public.

Oswald and CataldoSylvan Oswald creates plays, texts, publications, and video. Plays include A Kind of Weather, Profanity, Nightlands, Sun Ra, Pony, and Vendetta Chrome. Sylvan is an assistant professor of playwriting at UCLA, an affiliated artist at Clubbed Thumb, a recipient of a Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship from Soho Rep, and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

Co-Director Maria Cataldo is a New York City-based filmmaker best known for her work directing and producing MTV’s Clio Award Winning Rebel Music, a six part documentary serious about protest music emerging from conflict areas around the world.

 

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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February 25

Adam Soch – Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary

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7:00PM
Adam Soch – Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary (US, 2015)
112 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

The impact of wunderkind theatre director Reza Abdoh’s explosive work is finally brought to light twenty years after his death from AIDS, with live performance footage and interviews with those closest to him. Reza Abdoh; Theatre Visionary, directed by Adam Soch (Abdoh’s long-time collaborator and video archivist) is an intimate portrait of the world and work of Abdoh and his company, Dar a Luz. It features excerpts from Abdoh’s most important productions alongside interviews with Abdoh himself, his collaborators, critics, friends and family. These elements combine to illuminate his legacy; his groundbreaking work and his visionary, theatrical genius.

 

Producer Adam Soch of the FilmAdam Soch (Director) fled Eastern Europe in 1980 to seek creative freedom in the US. He is a Los Angeles based filmmaker lauded by the media for the “stunning, remarkable, and compelling” images that are a hallmark of his films and theatrical productions, as well as for his editing style. Soch was Abdoh’s long time friend, collaborator, and archivist and has created the Reza Abdoh DVD Collection consisting of 21 titles on 29 DVDs. The collection can now be found in major universities and libraries throughout the United States. He is the founder of CULTURESonFILM.org, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to use film to illuminate global cultures in an apolitical and unbiased fashion.

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
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February 25

Jörg Jeshel & Brigitte Kramer – Passion: Last Stop Kinshasa

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7:00PM
Jörg Jeshel & Brigitte Kramer – Passion: Last Stop Kinshasa (Belgium/Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2009)
Segal Theatre (70 seats)

les ballets C de la B was on tour for one year with the piece, pitié!, from director Alain Platel and musician Fabrizio Cassol. The tour took them to major capital cities including Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo. After more than 100 performances, pitié! concluded in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic Kongo. Following several years of unrest and political instability, the country is aspiring to new cultural horizons. For filmmakers Jörg Jeshel and Brigitte Kramer this was the starting point for the documentary Passion – Last Stop Kinshasa.  The film is a documentary that features not only on the breathtaking show, but on the reactions in Congo as well.

Jörg Jeshel & Brigitte Kramerles ballets C de la B (Ghent-Belgium) was founded by Alain Platel in 1984. Since then, it has become a company that enjoys great success at home and abroad. Over the years it has developed into an artistic platform for a variety of choreographers. The company still keeps to its principle of enabling artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to take part in this dynamic creative process. As a result of its ‘unique mixture of artistic visions’, les ballets C de la B is not easy to classify. It is nevertheless possible to discern something like a house style (popular, anarchic, eclectic, committed) and its motto is “this dance is for the world and the world is for everyone.”

Start: Feb 25, 2016
End: Feb 25, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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February 26

Frederick Wiseman – La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué

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11:00AM
Frederick Wiseman – La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué (France/US, 1996)
66 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

La Comédie-Française is the oldest continuous repertory company in the world, founded in Paris in the late 17th century. This is the first time a documentary film-maker has been allowed to look at all the aspects of the work of this great theatrical company. Sequences in the film include sections of plays, casting, set and costume design, administrative meetings and rehearsals, and performances of four classic French plays, Don Juan by Molière, La Thebaide by Racine, La Double Inconstance by Marivaux and Occupe-toi d’Amelie by Feydeau.

Fred Wiseman by Gretje FergusonFrederick Wiseman has made 40 documentaries and 2 fiction films. Among his documentaries are Titicut Follies, Welfare, Public Housing, Near Death, La Comédie Française Ou L’amour Joué, La Danse—Le Ballet De L’opéra De Paris, At Berkeley, and most recently In Jackson Heights. His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy, and tragedy of ordinary experience. He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed The Last Letter, based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman’s novel Life And Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Comédie Française. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Start: Feb 26, 2016
End: Feb 26, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 26

Kazuhiro Soda – Theatre 1

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12:00PM
Kazuhiro Soda – Theatre 1
172 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Theatre 1 (Observational Film Series #3) is a feature length documentary, which closely depicts the world of Oriza Hirata, Japan’s leading playwright and director, and his theatrical company, Seinendan. By depicting them, the film leads the audience to revisit fundamental but timely questions: What is theatre? Why do human beings act?

P1020946_2Kazuhio Soda: While in college Hirata founded Seinendan Theater Company to pursue and practice his “contemporary colloquial theater theory.” This new and practical method, also explained through his books such as Gendai Kogo Engeki no tameni (For Contemporary Colloquial Theater), has constantly been causing a great influence on the theater world since 1990s. www.kazuhirosoda.com

Start: Feb 26, 2016
End: Feb 26, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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February 26

MUSIC VIDEOS: Dorota Masłowska | Half Straddle/Tina Satter

3:00PM – MUSIC VIDEOS

 

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Dorota Masłowska – Mister D x Anja Rubik – Chleb + Mister D – Haj$
8 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Coming soon!

DorotaMister D. is the stage name for the Polish novelist, playwright, and (most recently) musician, Dorota Masłowska. She has released her debut album Społeczeństwo Jest Niemiłe (The Society Is Not Very Nice) which has immediately become a major talking point in the Polish media, with the video for the single Chleb, featuring supermodel Anja Rubik, instantly going viral online.

 

 

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Half Straddle/Tina Satter – Secret Notebooks: Half Straddle Rap + Free the Skull: Music Video for Moon Duo (US, 2012/2015)
8 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

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With a few months off one summer, and with amazing collaborators who wanted to help, Half Straddle set out to make their first-ever rap song and accompanying video. Playing off the idioms of the genre, Half Straddle’s rad girl rappers drop push-ups with no knees, late nights with Soledad O’Brien, and references to their bangs as a knowingly ridiculous vocabulary for throwing shade–all set in a lusciously drenched visual realm and accompanied by deep beats that need to be played really loud for full effect.
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I was inspired by a sort of noir detective sound I heard in Free the Skull and an instinct to filter this sensibility through the dreamscape of young girl detectives. We wanted to make the little girls not just cute symbols, but something stranger than that–portals to an unexpected idea of what “freeing the skull” could mean. We worked with designers and performers from Half Straddle, to render the world of it. Moon Duo’s sound can be hard, as well as dream-y and ritualistic.

Tina Satter_HeadshotHalf Straddle is an Obie-winning Brooklyn-based ensemble of performers and designers that makes plays, performances, and videos written and directed by Tina Satter. This critically acclaimed company began in 2008 and has toured its shows in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Start: Feb 26, 2016
End: Feb 26, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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February 26

Lucien Bou Rjeily – About 66 Minutes in Damascus

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3:00PM
Lucien Bou Rjeily – About 66 Minutes in Damascus
20 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

Lucien Bou Rjeily gives a short presentation about his site-specific play, 66 Minutes in Damascus. Inspired by the descriptions of Syrian detention centers from foreign journalists and local activists arbitrarily incarcerated by the autocratic regime, 66 Minutes in Damascus puts the audience in the place of a group of tourists who visit the Syrian capital, only to be arrested by the Syrian secret service.

Lucien Bou RjeilyLucien Bou Rjeily is an actor, director, writer, and producer of both theatre and film, but is mostly known for his work in immersive and interactive theatre. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MFA in Filmmaking from Loyola Marymount University in LA. His work in both theatre and film has traveled the worldwide festival circuits and won him many awards, including the YCE international British Council award in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2009. He brought his progressive approach to theatre to London’s LIFT Festival in 2012 with 66 Minutes in Damascus. In 2012, he was chosen by CNN as one of 8 leading cultural lights from Lebanon’s contemporary arts scene that are making an impact in Lebanon and internationally. A year later, he challenged the Lebanese government with an anti-censorship play entitled Will it pass or not?, which was banned from public performance by the Lebanese general security, but created an unprecedented media backlash against the bureau. For his activism against censorship of the arts in Lebanon, he was nominated for the 2014 “Freedom of Expression” award held annually at the Barbican Center in London by Index on Censorship. His latest play Vanishing State, performed at the Battersea Arts Center in London as part of the 2014 LIFT festival, implicates the audience in drafting the Middle East’s countries’ borders along with French and English diplomats (Sykes and Picot) at the end of World War I, a secret agreement at the time, whose consequences are still strongly felt today throughout the Levant region.

Start: Feb 26, 2016
End: Feb 26, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 26

Zeina Daccache – Scheherazade’s Diary

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3:30PM
Zeina Daccache – Scheherazade’s Diary (Lebanon, 2013)
80 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

The women inmates of Lebanon’s Baabda Prison mine the depths of personal experience and confront patriarchy as they prepare and present the first theatre performance staged inside an Arab women’s prison. Filmed during, and after, the ten-month drama therapy/theatre project run in Baabda prison, in 2012, by drama therapist and director Zeina Daccache, this gripping and tragicomic documentary features the women inmates who, through their unprecedented theatre initiative, entitled Scheherazade in Baabda, challenge societies that oppress women. In the course of their artistic journey, these “murderers of husbands, adulterers, and drug felons” reveal stories of domestic violence, traumatic childhood, failed marriage, forlorn romance, and deprivation of motherhood that become the narratives of this self-revelatory film, with flamenco dance to boot. The film journeys into the quotidian of prison life, follows the women storytellers as they rehearse for the show, and intermingles scenes from the live performance with testimonials and backstage antics. The women of Baabda Prison speak for all female inmates behind bars in Lebanon just as they convey the plight of all women imprisoned by rigid and oppressive mentalities. The Scheherazades of Baabda dare not only to reflect on their own wrongdoings and crimes but also to stand up before numerous audiences and bare their personal stories to heal their – and their community’s – wounds and express their sincere desire to change their lives. In so doing, the women inmates hold up a mirror to Lebanese society, implicating us all in oppression that often leads to crime.

headshotZeina Daccache is a Lebanese actress, director, and drama therapist (studies at St-Joseph University Beirut, Ecole Philippe Gaulier- London and KSU in USA). She works for TV, as an actress, and is a drama therapist working in different social sectors. She is the founder and director of Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy. In 2009, she directed the award winning 12 Angry Lebanese, about a play performed by the inmates in Roumieh Prison (Lebanon), and in 2012, directed the play Scheherazade in Baabda, performed by the women inmates from Baabda Prison. In 2013, she directed From the Bottom of My Brain with the residents of Al Fanar psychiatric hospital. whoisshe.lau.edu.lb/expert-profile/zeina-daccache

Start: Feb 26, 2016
End: Feb 26, 2016
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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February 26

NEW YORK: Temporary Distortion/Kenneth Collins | John Jesurun | AutomaticRelease/Shaun Irons | Daniel Fish & Jim Findlay

3:30PM – NEW YORK

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Temporary Distortion/Kenneth Collins – Only the Hand That Erases (US, 2016)
14 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Purely imagery and yet pure of image, moments previously captured on celluloid are erased and revisited as ideas inside the mind.

KCTemporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across, and between, disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage. Temporary Distortion’s recent work has focused on long-duration (installation-based performance featuring live music) where spectators are encouraged to freely come and go throughout all-night events.

 

 

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John Jesurun – Snow (US, 2000)
77 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

A toxic American cocktail of death, desire, technology, and television. Jesurun’s four screen mixdown of the original 2000 performance launches four “characters” and twenty-two shifting POVs through the unforgiving eye of one virtual actor. During the presentation of an original four screen live edit of the 2000 piece, that audience experienced this work similarly on four screens. The secluded live performance was transmitted and edited live to four screens in the audience area. There were four live actors and one “virtual actor”–a computerized camera POV with attached “character” voice.

John JesurunJohn Jesurun is a writer, director, and media artist. Since 1982, he has provided text, direction, and design for over thirty pieces including: the 61 episode Chang in a Void Moon, the media trilogy: Deep Sleep/White Water/Black Maria, Everything That Rises Must Converge, and Snow. Fellowships include: NEA, MacArthur, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Asian Cultural Council, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He has been published by TCG, Sun & Moon Press, and NoPassport Press. His work Shatterhand Massacree and Other Media Texts has been published by Performing Arts Journal. Past projects include Faust~How I Rose/BAM, Philoktetes/Soho Rep, Firefall/DTW, Stopped Bridge Of Dreams/La Mama, Jeff Buckley video Last Goodbye, and Harry Partch’s opera Delusion of the Fury/Japan Society. His webserial, Shadowland was shown live at La Mama and on streamed on Vimeo.

 

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AutomaticRelease/Shaun IronsWhy Why Always
15 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Why Why Always is a live, multimedia performance installation that re-envisions Jean-Luc Godard’s seminal film Alphaville. This multi-platform project offers a dynamic interplay between theater, dance, installation art, technology, and media by integrating live performers, multi-screen projections, live-feed cameras, sculptural set elements, and a vibrant tapestry of sound. These short films, inspired by Alphaville, feature Jim Fletcher as the character Lemmy Caution. These sequences will be integrated into the live performance.

Shaun IronsAutomaticRelease (Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty) is a Brooklyn based artist duo who make multidisciplinary performances, multimedia installations, experimental films, documentaries, and video scores for live performance. They recently presented a performance installation called Keep Your Electric Eye On Me at HERE, NYC and completed a documentary about ERS called Standing By. Their work has been seen in diverse locations in New York and internationally including BAM, Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, PS 122, and Anthology Film Archives. Shaun and Lauren have received numerous awards and residency fellowships such as NYSCA, NYFA, MacDowell, Yaddo, and The Bogliasco Foundation.

 

Daniel Fish & Jim Findlay – The Source (US)
8 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

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February 26

Steven Soderbergh – And Everything is Going Fine

And Everything is Going Fine

5:00PM
Steven Soderbergh – And Everything is Going Fine (US, 2010)
89 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)

The late Spalding Gray was a brilliant playwright and actor, known for his dazzling, distinctive monologues, an art form all his own. Here, master filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who collaborated with him on King of the Hill and Gray’s Anatomy, takes Gray’s own words–captured over 25 years—to craft a profound, insightful and wonderfully entertaining portrait of this quintessential American artist.

Steven SoderberghSteven Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. While still in high school, around the age of 15, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16-millimeter films with second-hand equipment, one of which was the short film Janitor. His first major break was in 1986 when the rock group Yes assigned him to shoot a full-length concert film for the band, which eventually earned him a Grammy nomination for the video, Yes: 9012 Live (1985). Following this achievement, Soderbergh filmed Winston (1987), the short-subject film that he would later expand into Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), a film that earned him the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Over the next six years, he was married to actress Betsy Brantley and had a daughter named Sarah Soderbergh, who was born in 1990. Also during this time, he made such films as Kafka (1991), King of the Hill (1993), The Underneath (1995), and Gray’s Anatomy (1996), which many believed to be disappointments. In 1998, Soderbergh made Out of Sight (1998), his most critically and commercially successful film since Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Then, in 2000, Soderbergh directed two major motion pictures that are now his most successful films to date: Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000). These films were both nominated for Best Picture Oscars at the 2001 Academy Awards and gave him the first twin director Oscar nomination in almost 60 years and the first ever win. He won the Oscar for Best Director for Traffic (2000) at the 2001 Oscars.

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