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February 24

Rima Najdi: Graphic Warning: Its is not ME it is YOU

Video still courtesy of the artist

Saturday 3 | 4:30pm | Segal Theatre

Germany/Lebanon | 2015 | 2 minutes | directed by Rima Najdi
www.rimanajdi.com

It is not ME it is YOU is a video that does not aim to show any reality as “real”, and for that matter it does not intend to be authentic. Reality doesn’t exist. We each have our own. The video is two layers of sometimes opposing realities. This video is not a political action, our bodies embodies all the politics and all wars that have been waged on our freedoms, faces, existence and utopias.

 

Photo by Sandy Chamoun

Rima Najdi is a Berlin-based performance artist. Her work occupies and (re)negotiates in-between spaces. She grapples with the ways in which identity is constructed and perceived, focusing on the lived experience of the body. She is interested in the vulnerability of the body in relation to the politicized tropes of gender, safety, mobility and representation. In action or as artifact, her art questions stereotypes, the failure of language and both real and imagined borders.

Date: February 24
Venue: Segal Theatre

March 1

Catch up on Fall 2017

Date: March 1

March 1

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2018

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2018

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 3, 2018
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March 1

Christoph Rüter: The Time is Out of Joint

Thursday 1 | 11:30am | Segal Theatre

Germany | 1991 | 100 minutes | directed by Christoph Rüter
German
www.christoph-rueter-filmproduktion.de

From August 29, 1989 until March 24, 1990, Heiner Müller worked with the actors of the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin on the project Hamlet/Maschine, based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (translated by Heiner Müller) and Heiner Müller’s Hamletmaschine. During this period, spurred by the exodus of thousands of East German citizens through Czechoslovakia and Hungary, the “first peaceful German revolution from below” (H. Müller) broke out, setting the process of reunification in motion and leading toward the first democratic parliamentary elections on March 18, 1990. The film, documented over a period of months, describes a challenge never before confronted by a German theatre.

Christoph Rüter: Born 1957, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 1976: Studied dramatics, philosophy, and psychology in Munich and Berlin. 1985-89: Dramatic adviser at Freie Volksbühne Berlin; cooperation with Hans Neuenfels, Christof Nel, Thomas Brasch, Bob Wilson, Heiner Müller and many more. 1993: Inter City Express (WDR/ZDF/Arte) and Curiosity & Risk (SFB/Arte). 1998: Comprehension (3sat). 1999: L’Homme de Passage (Arte/WDR). 2000: I am not an actor (Arte/WDR) and Play for life (3sat/NDR). 2001: Curt Bois–Character Comedian (3sat/RBB). 2002: There is no Paradise (Arte/WDR). 2003: He played his own shadow too (RBB/own production). 2004: Simple and proud (Arte/WDR/3sat). 2005: Thomas Brasch (3sat). 2006: Material (3sat). 2008: Now I am alone (3sat/Arte). 2009: I don’t want to know where I am (3sat/Arte). Berlinale 2011: Brasch–Words of Want, Words of Fear (3sat/Filmstiftung/ NRW/Medienboard Berlin/BKM). 2018: Hans Blumberg–The invisible Philosopher.

Date: March 1
Venue: Segal Theatre

March 1

Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner & Jérôme Havre: Triangle Trade

Thursday 1 | 3:00pm | Segal Theatre

Canada/US/France | 2017 | 15 minutes
directed by Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner & Jérôme Havre
English, French

The film features three puppets avatars and three distinct worlds that were created by each of the artists to represent themselves. Animated by the artists and the film crew, the puppets navigate their distinctive worlds that at once isolate them and offer them the possibility of transformative connection. As the puppets move through their respective landscapes, Havre, Smith, and Turner’s puppets react on blackness as a state of becoming, a mode of experience that reaches simultaneously into multiple futures and histories.

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist with a BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television.

 

 

Camille Turner’s work combines Afrofuturism and historical research. She graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design and York University’s Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate.

 

 

Jérôme Havre’s practice concentrates on issues of identity,  communities, and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. Havre completed his studies at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris).

Date: March 1
Venue: Segal Theatre

March 1

Grzegorz Jarzyna: G.E.N.

Thursday 1 + Friday 2 | 2:00pm – 8:00pm | Elebash Lobby

Poland | 2018 | on loop | directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna

G.E.N is a story about an alternative community whose members contest reality so as to change the system based on fear, manipulation and enslavement of individuals. While attempting to destabilise the system, they destroy their own community. Is it possible to log out from a reality that does not work? The performance is a response to Lars von Trier’s The Idiots (1998) about a group of young people who, by pretending to be mentally disabled, ridicule western social standards. Rather than an attempt to criticise the socio-political system, G.E.N reflects on the human nature because, despite civilizational and evolutionary progress, humans do not develop morally. It is a journey across circles of global systems, social and partner relations, through individual psyches, in search for the elementary particles responsible for violence and hatred. Made in the cadre of XR_TR program (Agata Kołacz, Olga Drygas). The production was made possible by the support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Marcin Łunkiewicz of Zielony Pomidor, Producer.

Grzegorz Jarzyna is the artistic director of the TR Warszawa–one of the most innovative and progressive theaters in Europe. Jarzyna has staged classical dramas reinterpreted in a bold and innovative way, adaptations of famous European novels, world-famous contemporary dramas, as well as operas. In June 2008, his Macbeth was staged at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York, where a special stage was built under the Brooklyn Bridge, and in 2012 it opened the Edinburgh Festival. Grzegorz is currently preparing his first piece with Chinese performers, Two Swords is the coproduction between Propel Arts& Media Company, Shanghai Theatre Academy, and TR Warszawa.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 2, 2018
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 1

robbinschilds + A.L. Steiner: C.L.U.E. [color location ultimate experience]

Thursday 1 | 4:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

US | 2007 | 11 minutes | directed by robbinschilds + A.L. Steiner
in collaboration with AJ Blandford, music by Kinski
www.robbinschilds.com

C.L.U.E. is the gateway to experiencing the ultimate in any surrounding. A living collective organ, molten, expanding and contracting as it responds to its immediate environment. Curious and open. Red, orange, yellow, forest, aqua, royal, majestic and purple. Guided by the celestial powers of rainbow and light. Finds intrigue not only in the beauty of rock, ash and earth, lake and sea, moss, leaf and open sky, but in the whine of debris, lyric of cement, sorrow of mall and hum of highway. Fluid as water or lava or blood or air, moves through tiny gullies and grooves, tastes to know but leaves behind only what was already there.

robbinschilds was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. The duo’s performance and video works have been presented in NYC at Art in General, The Kitchen, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, MoMA PS 1, The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance among other venues.

A.L. Steiner is co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and a collective member of Chicks on Speed. She is MFA Faculty in Visual Arts at Bard College, Yale University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Date: March 1
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 1

Ariane Mnouchkine: The Castaways of the Fol Espoir

Thursday 1 | 10:30am | Elebash Recital Hall

France | 2014 | 290 minutes | directed by Ariane Mnouchkine
French with English Subtitles
belairclassiques.com

The world-renown theatre director Ariane Mnouckine and her mythical “Theatre de Soleil” embark on another journey, loosely based on a novel by Jules Verne. Her illustrious international ensemble of actors tell the tale of an early 20th century movie production, a collaboration between the filmmakers and the cabaret group of “Le Fol Espoir” (“The Mad Hope”).  Blending various theatre and old-cinematographic acting styles, Mnouchkine’s is an optimistic and elaborate political fable, and a reflection on a century of moving images.

 

Ariane Mnouchkine (born 3 March 1939) is a French stage director. She founded the Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble Théâtre du Soleil in 1964. She has written and directed 1789 (1974) and Molière (1978), and in 1989, she directed La Nuit Miraculeuse. She holds a Chair of Artistic Creation at the Collège de France, an Honorary Degree in Performing Arts from the University of Rome III, awarded in 2005 and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Oxford University, awarded 18 June 2008.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018

March 1

Nina Conti: Her Master’s Voice

 

Thursday 1 | 1:30pm | Segal Theatre

UK | 2012 | 65 minutes | directed by Nina Conti

Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to ‘Venthaven’ the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. She gets to know her latex and wooden travelling partners along the way, and with them deconstructs herself and her lost love in this ventriloquial docu-mocumentary requiem. Ken Campbell was a hugely respected maverick of the British Theatre, an eccentric genius who would snort out forgotten artforms. Nina was his prodigy in ventriloquism and has been said to have reinvented the artform. This film is truly unique in genre and style. No one has seen ventriloquism like this before.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Segal Theater

March 1

Rithy Panh: Les artistes du Théâtre Brûlé

 

Thursday 1 | 3:30pm | Segal Theatre

Cambodia | 2005 | 82 minutes | directed by Rithy Panh

While much of Cambodia’s cultural heritage was eradicated through the deaths of many artists during the Khmer Rouge era, the country’s main theatrical structure, Preah Suramarit National Theatre remained standing throughout the Cambodian Civil War, even occasionally being used by the communist regime for official visits and propaganda pageants. Ironically, it was while the theatre was undergoing repairs in 1994 that it caught fire, was heavily damaged and has never been restored. It is in this roofless performance hall that a Khmer classical dance troupe continues to practise daily, and a troupe of actors attempts to produce a Khmer-language adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac on a stage overgrown with weeds.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Segal Theater

March 1

Rain Kencana: Send Me a Bigger Butterfly + Goldfish

Thursday 1 | 4:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Germany | 2017 | 6 + 3 minutes | directed by Rain Kencana

Send Me a Bigger Butterfly: A dance couple transforms an industrial powerplant into a dreamscape of nostalgic remembrance that mixes up different layers of time and relation. Poem by Pj Wallace.

Goldfish: Ichi Go reveals her ambivalent attitude towards tradition in the modern world as she breaks out through a traditional Japanese garment inside an underground passageway in dance. With a poem by Shuntaro Tanikawa.

 

Rain Kencana was born in Jakarta Indonesia. At the age of five she moved with her Indonesian mother to Berlin. She started her montage study at the German film school for digital production Hff Konrad Wolf in the year 2001. Since then she edited dozens of music videos and commercials realizing that she has other goals, other stories to invent.
More and more she merges her passion for editing, inventing stories. In 2006 she released her first long feature documentary Full Of Fire, a film which topic about dance is close to her heart. Bit by bit she came to the conclusion that she also wants to direct films although she loves the work as an editor deeply. She needs both forms of expression to stay balanced. Currently Rain is writing a screenplay for a long feature with the title Hans im Glück.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 1

Eleonora Comelli & Pablo Pintor: La Playa [The Beach]

Thursday 1 | 4:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Argentina | 2014 | 12 minutes | directed by Eleonora Comelli & Pablo Pintor

The Beach is crossed by THE TIME. The past and future exist together in the same present, in one place. How to adapt a dramatic-body material to the topic over time in the body? How can we transfer the essence of scene material to a film? The Beach was made with the same idea and with the same performers as the choreographic performance called Que azul que es ese mar (That sea is really blue).

 

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 1

Jasmina Cibic: The Pavilion

Thursday 1 | 6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Serbia/UK | 2015 | 7 minutes | directed by Jasmina Cibic

A group of performers attempts to reconstruct the Pavilion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia built for the 1929 Barcelona EXPO. Piecing together fragments of its design based on disappeared and lacking archives, a voice-over describes the methodology of gap-filling from other architectural solutions of modernist political visions of desire, which shared the emblematic design of the Yugoslav Pavilion. By colliding them, The Pavilion points to the universal and timeless optics of authoritarian construction of soft power mechanisms.

Jasmina Cibic (b.1979 Ljubljana) represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project For Our Economy and Culture. Her recent exhibitions include solo shows at BALTIC Gateshead, Museum Haus Esters – Krefeld, Aarhus 2017, MSU Zagreb, MSU Belgrade, MGLC Ljubljana and Ludwig Museum Budapest and group presentations at Esker Foundation Calgary, Hessel Museum New York, La Panacee Montpellier, City Gallery Wellington, MSUM Ljubljana, MNHA Luxembourg, Joanneum Museum Graz and California College of the Arts. Cibic’s films have recently been screened at Pula Film Festival, HKW Berlin, CCA Laznia, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris; Dokfest Kassel and Copenhagen International Documentary Festival.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Segal Theater

March 1

Yael Bartana: Inferno

 

Thursday 1 | 6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Netherlands/Germany/US | 2013 | 22 minutes | directed by Yael Bartana

The starting point of Inferno is the construction of the “Third Temple of Solomon” in São Paulo by a Brazilian NeoPentecostal Church, according to biblical measures. Bartana confronts this conflation of place, history, and belief, and addresses the grandiose temple project through a vision of its future: Does its construction necessarily foreshadow its destruction? Inferno collapses histories of antiquity in the Middle East with a surreal present unfolding halfway around the world.

Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country, Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like “homeland”, “return” and “belonging”. Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state. Between 2006 and 2011, she was working in Poland, creating the trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity. The trilogy represented Poland in the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice (2011).

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Segal Theater

March 1

Ultimate Vez: In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

 

Thursday 1 | 6:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Belgium | 2002 | 47 minutes | directed by Ultima Vez

Dance video based on the eponymous 1999 performance, shot in the atmospheric surroundings of a racetrack in Brussels (BE), the beautiful ballroom-concert hall of the Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent (BE), the streets of Ferrara (IT) and in Singapore. In Spite of Wishing and Wanting reunites the rhythms of Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne and Wim Vandekeybus’ scenic eclecticism: humorous theatrical sequences, energetic and powerful dance and a diversity of bodies within an all-male cast. Wim Vandekeybus himself trots in as a wild horse between the ten dancers-actors, devastated by their passionate desires.

Ultima Vez was founded in 1986 as the company of choreographer, director and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus. Since its foundation, Ultima Vez has intensively developed its activities as an international contemporary dance company with a strong base in Brussels and Flanders.

Start: Mar 1, 2018
End: Mar 1, 2018
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 2

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Date: March 2

March 2

Jacqueline Caux: Out of Boundaries

Friday 2 | 10:30am | Elebash Recital Hall

France | 2004 | 20 minutes | directed by Jacqueline Caux

English

These films–videotaped conversations and numerous excerpts of rehearsals,
performances and rare archival footage–capture fundamental changes made by
Anna Halprin in the field of dance as the pioneer of “Post Modern Dance”. Music by
Pauline Oliveros and Terry Riley.

 

Jacqueline Caux has directed several feature-length documentaries
movies and experimental short film that have been selected for
presentation in international film festivals and museums all over the
world.

Start: Mar 2, 2018
End: Mar 16, 2018
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 2

Motus Theatre Company: Your Whole Life is a Rehearsal

Photo by Tiziana Tomasulo

Friday 2 | 12:00pm | Segal Theatre

Italy | 2016 | 42 minutes | directed by Motus Theatre Company
Italian and English
www.motusonline.com

The documentary was created using a series of unreleased video materials from the
rehearsals of The Plot is the Revolution at the Clinton Street Theater in New York in
2011. This film tells the falling in love and the fall of barriers between two companies
(Motus and the Living Theatre) and two actors (Silvia Calderoni and Judith Malina)
who entered a telepathic symbiosis.

Photo by END&DNA

Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò founded Motus in 1991 in Rimini and have recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the company. An important event for this group that burst onto the scene with productions wielding great physical and emotional impact and has always anticipated and portrayed some of the harshest contradictions of the present day. Throughout the years, the group has created theatre shows, performances, installations and videos, conducted seminars and workshops, taken part in interdisciplinary festivals. They’ve received numerous acknowledgements and have performed all over the world.

 

Date: March 2
Venue: Segal Theatre

March 2

Hu Xiao Jiao: Nuo·Fate

Photo by Ma Fang Yan

Friday 2 | 12:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

China | 2017 | 26 minutes | directed by Hu Xiao Jiao
Chinese with English subtitles
www.bda.edu.cn

Nou·Fate follows Professor Guo Lei of the Beijing Dance Academy in his quest to create a dance drama based on the ancient and seldom-discussed Nuo tradition. Interviews with specialists and performers explore the different dimensions of this tradition, its historical and contemporary contexts and meanings, as well as the training and experiences of the performers. Based on first-hand access and research by a dance academy graduate, the film offers a rare glimpse into one of China’s most compelling performative practices.

Photo by Zhang Chao

Hu Xiao Jiao graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, where she majored in Chinese folk dance. Known in China as the “cradle of dancers”, the highly selective academy was established in 1954 to rigorously train secondary, undergraduate and graduate-level dancers in various forms of dance.

 

Date: March 2
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall

March 2

Basav Biradar: Before the Third Bell

Photo by Basav Biradar

Friday 2 | 2:00pm | Segal Theatre

India | 2017 | 63 minutes | directed by Basav Biradar
Hindi with English subtitles
www.facebook.com/public/Basava-Biradar

The film attempts to study contemporary theatre-making in India through the documentation of the creative processes of Muktidham–a play written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar. In today’s social, economic and political context, what does it take to create a collective voice in theatre? How does a theatre company approach collaborations and how do artists with different ideas and sensibilities come together to create a piece of theatre? These are some of the questions the film explores while following the creative journey of Muktidham over a period of four months.

 

Photo by Akhila Udayashankar

Basav Biradar is a theatre artist, freelance writer and a documentary filmmaker. His first play as a playwright, The Return of the Sultan, was long listed for the Hindu Metroplus Playwright award 2013. He has also directed a play in Kannada called, Basava Express. He works as freelance writer and writes regularly on history and travel. His interests include modern history, film, theatre and archival research.

Date: March 2
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