The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased to present PRELUDE.12, the ninth annual PRELUDE festival dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre, dance, interdisciplinary and mediatized performance. As ever, PRELUDE will offer an array of over 20 short performances, readings, screenings and open rehearsals—a completely free sneak-peek into the work being prepared for the 2012/13 season, as well as new commissions and daily panel discussions with artists and performers.
This year we’ll be exhibiting works and hosting discussions under the following banners:
“The Future of the Cinema is the Stage”, “Manifestos 2012”, “Imitation of Participation” & “Return of the Singspiel “
Oct 3, 2012
Oct 5, 2012
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The Segal welcomes playwright Quiara Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and other artists associated with the O’Neill for a celebratory evening featuring readings from plays recently developed there and reflections on the O’Neill’s storied past.
Weimar arts expert Mel Gordon (UC Berkeley) introduces us to the movement of German Expressionist Dance in the formation of contemporary modern dance and dance theatre with screenings of rarely seen Ausdruckstanz films from his own collection and live reconstructions of Expressionist dances.
An afternoon film screening program of recent major works by the already-legendary Berlin-based artists’ collective Rimini Protokoll. Films include Wahl Kampf Wallenstein, Prometheus in Athens, and the 100% series.
The artists behind the already legendary Berlin-based artists’ collective Rimini Protokoll—Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel—join us for an evening discussion on the topic of their cutting-edge performance work.
This evening with Judith Malina, the doyenne of American political theatre, will feature a reading by Malina from The Piscator Notebook, a performance by the Living Theatre ensemble, and a panel discussion with Q & A.
Keith Josef Adkins joins us in a discussion of the future of The New Black Fest, and New Black Fest playwrights Dominique Morisseau (2012-2013 PONY Fellow), Paul Notice, and Judith Adong (2012 Fullbright Scholar) will preside over readings from their work and join in the discussion.
Moshe Yassur, whose career in Yiddish Theatre has spanned six decades, and his guests will compare the unique history of Romanian Yiddish theatre with stories of Yiddish theatre from other countries, ending with thoughts on the future of Yiddish theatre.
This Segal evening, co-presented with the Science & the Arts series, will feature a reading from John Hancock and Dorothy Tristan’s new play, directed by Ian Strasfogel, followed by a discussion of the endlessly fascinating Rosenberg trial with New York Times investigative reporter Sam Roberts, both playwrights, and Brian Schwartz (Graduate Center CUNY).