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March 2

FTP: René Pollesch – Bad Decisions

Photo by William Minke

5:15pm – 7:15pm
René Pollesch Bad Decisions (Germany, 2016)
95 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
German with English subtitles
www.volksbuehne-berlin.de

I can’t do anything anymore. I’m not upset either. The most I can do is to try to make someone upset. I don’t know who. You are also not upset enough for me. I was recently invited to dinner by someone who always smashes his plates. He always smashes his plates and so he had no more dishes there. And I asked him, “Why don’t you have any  more dishes?” And he said “Oh, you just have to know how to help yourself.” So he smashes the plates himself, so I guess he must know how to help himself. I have no idea what he does then. He eats off the floor, he borrows plates from his neighbors, no idea. He simply could have plates. I have plates. I eat from my plates.

Photo by William Minke

René Pollesch (born in 1962) is an author and director who writes and stages his own plays. From 2001 to 2007, he was the artistic director of the Prater at Volksbühne Berlin. Since then, he has been directing at Volksbühne as well as at major theatres in Hamburg, Vienna, Zuerich, Munich, and Stuttgart. Furthermore, he has worked on his texts with acting companies in Santiago de Chile, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Warsaw. In 2001 and 2006, Pollesch received the Dramatist Prize of the town of Mülheim and in 2007 the Viennese Nestroy Prize. In 2012, René Pollesch was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler prize for dramatists and playwrights.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2

FTP: Marielle Nitoslawska – Breaking the Frame

6:15pm – 8:00pm
Marielle Nitoslawska – Breaking the Frame (Canada, 2012)
100 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.vdb.org

Marielle Nitoslawska’s Breaking the Frame is a feature–length profile of the radical New York artist Carolee Schneemann. A pioneer of performance art and avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades by challenging the taboos leveled against the female body. Breaking the Frame is a kinetic, hyper-cinematic intervention, a critical medita-tion on the intimate correlations animating art and life.

Marielle Nitoslawska, born in Canada, is a filmmaker, cinematographer and film professor who lives and works in Montréal. She received her B.F.A. in Studio Arts and Art History from Concordia University, Montreal and an M.F.A., magna cum laude in Cinematography from the Polish National Film School in Lodz. She remained in Poland for a decade, working as a filmmaker during the social and cultural upheavals that led to the fall of that country’s communist government. There, she shot numerous exploratory ethnographic films in 35mm and actively participated in the underground media arts movement in Lodz, with friends and mentors from the Workshop of Film Form.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: 3-Legged Dog – Huang Yi & Kuka

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7:15pm – 8:15pm
3-Legged Dog – Huang Yi & Kuka (New York / Taiwan, 2016)
30 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English & Chinese
http://www.3ld.org
www.3leggeddog.org/huanhikuka

Huang Yi & Kuka is a film shot in 2D and 3D that attempts to capture the unique performance and relationship between choreographer, media artist and dancer Huang Yi and an eight foot tall Kuka industrial robot. Filmed over eight days with twelve cameras, 3LD attempted to capture the film inside out and directed, produced, and edited the film as part of 3LD’s cross platform production program 3LD/3D+.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Kevin Cunningham and Moema Umann.

 3-Legged Dog exists to produce new, original works in theatre, performance, dance, media and hybrid forms. 3LD’s mission is to explore narrative possibilities created by digital technology; to foster self-expression and skill in artists through training initiatives; and to provide an open environment free of censorship for our artists to create new tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines.

From their home, 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan, 3-Legged Dog has built an unrivaled talent magnet, drawing artists from throughout our urban community and around the globe to create large-scale, immersive and technology-driven art projects in New York City.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2

FTP: Rimini Protokoll – Home Visit Europe + Remote X

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8:00pm – 9:40pm
Rimini Protokoll/ Expander Film Berlin – Home Visit Europe + Remote X (Germany, 2015)
48 minutes + 48 minutes | Segal Theatre
English

Home Visit Europe by Rimini Protokoll features four home visits in four different cities: Brussels, Lisbon, Prague and Copenhagen. The documentary accompanies the small group of guests gathering together at private homes throughout Europe, experiencing cultural exchanges with strangers in improvised situations. Audiences play a game where they talk about the ever-changing ideas of what defines a country. www.homevisiteurope.org

In Remote X a synthetic voice directs the movements of a group of people wearing headphones, swarming out into the real city. Binaural recordings and film scores turn the cityscape into a personal film; Artificial Intelligence explores unknown territories, mustering human activity from a remote perspective. And yet the voice sounds ever more human, while in the eyes of passers-by the remotely controlled horde starts to look like a kind of alien entity.

 

Photo by David von Becker

Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel studied at the Institut for Applied Theatre Studies 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 colourful 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.
www.rimini-protokoll.de

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Koji Fukada – Sayonara

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8:15pm – 9:55pm
Koji Fukada – Sayonara (Japan, 2015)
102 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Japanese with English subtitles
sayonara-movie.com

It is the near future, Japan has become contaminated with massive amounts of radiation. With 80% of Japan severely contaminated, the government officially decides to abandon the country and the government begins evacuating residents by lots. Left behind in the swelling exodus is a South African refugee, Tanya, and her android caretaker, Leona. As people pass them by, the two are left alone together to contemplate life and death, and the distinction between robot and human.

Based on the play Sayonara II by Oriza Hirata.

 

Photo © 2015 Sayonara Production

Director, Koji Fukada has already earned global attention as budding film writer and director. His list of achievements include: Best Film in the Japanese Eyes Section of the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival and NETPAC Award at the 2011 Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival for his 2010 film Hospitalité; the Audience Award and Golden Montgolfiere (Jury Award) at the 2013 Nantes Three Continents Festival for Au revoir l’été , and Best Director Award at the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for the same film.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3

FTP: Chloé Déchery & Chris Eley – What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light?

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On Loop All Day
Chloé Déchery & Chris Eley – What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? (France, 2016)
18 minutes | Segal Lobby
French with English subtitles

What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? is an essay film that weaves in images of the creative process of French theatre-maker Philippe Quesne and a wider reflection on the topics of light and darkness. Combining images from the rehearsal process and from the workshop where the set and costumes are being made with archival images, this short non-narrative documentary offers a creative response to the process of theatre-making and asks what it is that we look at when we sit in the dark together.

 

Photo by Chris Eley

Chris Eley is an Australian documentary film-maker who has worked for Australian and British TV for the last 15 years. Chris Eley is a BAFTA winner (Producer, “Chosen” Best single Documentary 2009) and BAFTA Nominee (Series, “15,000 and Counting Factual Series” 2015). His interest areas include observational documentary and creative documentation.

Chloé Déchery is a performance artist, writer and theorist who works at the cross-road between performance, experimental theatre and critical writing. Her interests include co-authorship and the theatrical creative process; performativity and corporeality; collaboration and creative labour. For more information about her work, visit her website at www.chloedechery.com

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Jan Lauwers / Needcompany – Goldfish Game

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Friday 3 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Jan Lauwers / Needcompany – Goldfish Game (Belgium, 2002)
105 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English
www.needcompany.org

Goldfish Game is a recognizable, contemporary moral fable that unfolds with the fatal inevitability of a Greek tragedy. It tells the story of a small community that disintegrates violently. The events take place in a blissful country house which over the years has become a meeting place for a group of intimate friends. But it becomes clear that this small world can only exist by the grace of various secrets, great ones and small ones.

At the Slamdance Film Festival (2004), Goldfish Game was awarded the ‘Grand Jury Honour for Best Ensemble Cast.’

Photo © Maarten Vanden Abeele

Jan Lauwers (Antwerp, 1957) is an artist who works in just about every medium. Over the last thirty years, he has become best known for his pioneering work for the stage with Needcompany, which was founded in Brussels in 1986. Over the years he has also built up a substantial body of art work which was shown in an exhibition at BOZAR (Brussels), McaM (Shanghai) among others. Jan Lauwers was awarded with the ‘Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic Austria’ (2012). In 2014, he was rewarded with the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Biennale.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3

FTP: Popo Fan – The VaChina Monologues

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2:30pm – 3:00pm
Popo FanThe VaChina Monologues (China, 2013)
28 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Chinese with English subtitles

The Chinese Department of Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) staged the Chinese debut of The Vagina Monologues in Dec. 2003. Since then, this feminist play, which came from the US and has been committed to the elimination of gender-based violence, had incited a vagina hurricane that blew all over mainland China. Theatre groups at Zhihe Society of Fudan University, Shanghai Beaver Club, Beijing Bcome Group, performed this play in various stagings–on campuses, in theatres, in cafes, on the streets, and on public transportation. The Vagina Monologues received many Chinese names: Cloudy Vagina, Our Vaginas, OurSelves, and For Vagina’s Sake. All these names have the same so-called “ear-piercing” key word—VAGINA.

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FAN Popo graduated from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy is the author of the book Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films, the first book published in mainland China on queer films. His films featured topics such as same sex marriage (New Beijing, New Marriage), transgender (Be A Woman), and feminism (The VaChina Monologues). His trilogy Chinese Closet, Mama Rainbow, Papa Rainbow, focusing on LGBT families in China, had made strong impact on the Chinese society. Moreover, after Chinese authorities took down Mama Rainbow from the Internet after the film received one million viewership, Popo filed a lawsuit against the government and won the case, which was a landmark event in fighting against state censorship. His tireless working on LGBT visibility also includes serving as organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival, as well as founder of Queer University Video Training Camp.

 

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3

FTP: Frédéric Nauczyciel – House of HMU Series

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2:30pm – 3:00pm
Frédéric NauczycielHouse of MHU Series (3 films) (France, 2014)
22 minutes | Segal Theatre
www.fredericnauczyciel.fr

House of HMU is a series of film-performances conceived with vogue performers and choreographed for film. It is an artistic community that links Paris and Baltimore. The main performers are Honeysha Khan, Diva Ivy Balenciaga, Kendall Mugler, and Dale Blackheart. A House of HMU and Centre Pompidou production.

● A Baroque Ball shows 15 Parisian vogue performers who appropriate a baroque concerto by Bach.
●  M. Against the World alludes to the question of the exotic gaze and narcissism.
●  Red Shoes is a ritual: The dancer, the youngest and most talented from the Parisian voguing scene, puts on his red heels and fills the room with a theatrical/dramatic energy.

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Born 1968 in Paris, France. Lives and works in France and the USA. Frédéric Nauczyciel is a French artist who works between Paris and the US. He uses the media of photography, video, and performance and is inspired by dance, cinema and American photography. In his work he has explored the complexity of social life, be it rural or urban. He has exhibited internationally, including Centre Pompidou Paris, MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Rencontres Internationales de Photographie of Arles, Musée de la Chasse in Paris, Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona, Julie Meneret Contemporary in New York or Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne.

 

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Nadia Ranocchi & David Zamagni – All Inclusive vs. Joule

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3:00pm – 4:30pm
Nadia Ranocchi & David Zamagni – All Inclusive vs. Joule (Italy, 2010)
64 minutes (All Inclusive) + 22 minutes (Joule) | Elebash Recital Hall
Italian with English subtitles
zapruderie.com

All inclusive and Joule are films that deal with the topic of work, investigating the complex, certain, and contradictory relation between work, giving, and sacrifice. Both movies are representative of ZAPRUDER’s different approaches to film narration that, in the case of All inclusive, is in the form of novella, while Joule is articulated by sums of tableaux, thus reconnecting the movie to Marcel Mauss’ anthropological and economic essay which brought it to life.

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The partnership between David Zamagni & Nadia Ranocchi led, in 2000, to the founding of ZAPRUDER, a collective of filmmakers based in Italy. They are authors and directors of films and installations that have been presented in major international film festivals and art venues. ZAPRUDER’s lively production relies on an artisanal practise and inquisitive spirit, as in their  stereoscopic series inaugurated in 2006 and awarded at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. The group film-projects are often flexible cinematic devices, which ZAPRUDER defines as “Chamber Cinema”: an incarnated environment and disembodied theatre, poised between visual and performing arts.

 

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
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March 3

FTP: Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez – Blush

Film Still by Jean-Pierre Stoop

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez – Blush (Belgium, 2014)
52 minutes | Segal Theatre
Multiple languages with English subtitles
www.ultimavez.com

Blush, by Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus, is an exploration of the savage subconscious and of conflicting instincts. In dance sequences of attraction, confrontation and repulsion the performers take on animal metamorphoses. Carried by the music of David Eugene Edwards, Blush is a dazzling voyage swinging between the heavenly landscapes of Corsica and the slummiest depths of Brussels.

Photo by Danny Williams

Wim Vandekeybus/ Ultima Vez (born 1963) is a Belgian director and choreographer. in 1986, he moved to Madrid with a group of young, inexperienced dancers and founded his company Ultima Vez. His first show, What the Body Does Not Remember, was an international success, earning him a Bessie Award for its innovation. After 30 years and many works for film, Vandekeybus is still searching for novelty and innovation. In his all his productions he remains true to his original concepts for movement: tension, conflict, body versus mind, risks, impulses, physicality, passion, intuition, and instinct. These essential elements will always be part of Vandekeybus’ work–on each occasion they emerge in a radically new appearance.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Aneta Panek – Alchemy of Punk

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4:00pm – 4:15pm
Aneta PanekAlchemy of Punk (Germany, 2017)
15 minutes (Work-in-progress) | Segal Theatre
German, Italian, and English with English Subtitles www.anetapanek.net

Alchemy of Punk is a punk opera; a groundbreaking extravaganza, bringing together the greatest voices of classical opera, punk and industrial rock in an explosive spectacle, melting together theatrical and musical experience, video installation and live performance. Featuring the star soprano Simone Kermes, along with underground diva Mona Mur and the legend of industrial music En Esch (exKMFDM), and many other great luminaries. An avant-garde video-installation.

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Aneta Panek was born in Warsaw. She studied art history at the University Paris 4 Sorbonne, where she particularly worked on the questions of transmediality in the arts, the uncanny in media and artistic exchanges between the three countries: France, Germany and Poland. Her documentary My Heaven is Full of Music was enclosed 2011 in the collection of the Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. At present, Aneta Panek lives and works in Berlin, as experimental film-maker. Her work, based on “other knowledge” and artistic research, is about the necessity of visualization and associative speculation in formulating and deconstructing theories and questioning reality. Her particular interests are alchemy, transmutation, subversion, and rebellion as means of self-liberation and self-discovery.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Brigitte Poupart – Over My Dead Body

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4:30pm – 6:00pm
Brigitte Poupart – Over My Dead Body (Canada, 2012)
80 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English
www.transtheatre.com

His body has failed him, but his eyes still burn with the desire to talk, laugh, dance. Dave St-Pierre was 17 when he learned cystic fibrosis would probably kill him in his thirties. In December 2007, he went on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. Despite fear, sadness and loneliness, the artist triumphed over misery by choreographing gloriously free and carnal dances. His friend and artistic collaborator Brigitte Poupart filmed him during years spent shuttling between hospitals and theatres, resulting in this gut-wrenching documentary that earned the inaugural Creation award presented by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. With Misteur Valaire’s throbbing music setting the tone, Over My Dead Body is a love song to life in all its power and fragility.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Brigitte Poupart.

 

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Brigitte Poupart Actor, writer, director and producer, Brigitte Poupart’s latest directorial foray is a show for Cirque du Soleil: Luzia; which premiered in May 2016 in Montreal, and is currently on tour internationally. Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal in 1990, Poupart has appeared in more than thirty theatrical productions including both mainstream and experimental works. She founded the theatre company Transthéâtre, in which she wrote, directed, and produced her own creations. Poupart also worked in film, including a role in Philippe Falardeau’s film Monsieur Lazhar, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2012. She is now preparing a 360° fiction film, a new creation for theatre and just finished production as the lead in the new Robin Aubert film: Les Affamés (Ravenous).

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3

FTP: Aurélia Thiérrée – Untitled

4:15pm – 4:30pm
Aurélia Thiérrée – Untitled (US, work-in-progress)
5 minutes | Segal Theatre
www.aureliathierree.com

Cinematography by Paul Thomas

*followed by a a brief discussion with Aurélia Thiérrée.

Aurélia Thierrée started performing in shows with Le Cirque Imaginaire when she was a child. She has worked in cabaret in Berlin, toured with The Tiger Lillies in their show Tiger Lillies Circus, and appeared in films, working with directors Milos Forman and Jacques Baratier amongst others. She collaborated on two shows: Aurelia’s Oratorio and Murmurs, or Murmures des murs, that still tour internationally. She is currently working on a third show.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
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Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Arran Shearing – Forgotten Man

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7:00pm – 8:30pm
Arran Shearing – Forgotten Man (UK/Canada, 2017)
84 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English
http://arranshearing.tumblr.com

A young actor in an East London theatre company for the homeless romances a wealthy out-of-towner in the bustling streets of contemporary London.

With Jerry Hall, Anna Maguire, Tyler Dawson, and others.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Arran Shearing.

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Arran Shearing is a Writer/Director working between Canada and the UK. Forgotten Man is his first feature film. Arran had previously directed award winning music videos for independent and major labels alike, for artists including Felix Da Houscat, K-OS, Mac Demarco, and The Other Tribe (Sony Music). He has directed stage visuals and trailers for several theatre productions including Everything Else Happened (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and If What I hear is True (The Yard). He is currently developing his second feature film. Arran previously attended the Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre and acted as technical consultant to the BFI.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 6

FTP: Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil with Robert Lepage – The Image Mill Revealed

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3:00pm – 4:00pm
Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil with Robert Lepage – The Image Mill Revealed (Quebec, 2009)
60 minutes | Segal Theatre
French with English subtitles
www.lacaserne.net

This documentary describes the final 3 months leading up to the opening of Moulin à Images, an impressionistic performance-event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary. Director Robert Lepage works with a member of the Ex Machina team, leading a group of talented and creative young people who were invited to build this monumental panorama.

This film by Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil demonstrates the scope of the Lepage project, highlighting the contribution of every artist. The Image Mill Revealed is an adventure in art for the viewing audience.

Photo by Jocelyn Michel/Consulat

The film’s co-directors are Mariano Franco and Marie Belzil–the latter is also a member of the Lepage’s Ex Machina team (Quebec).
Versatile in every form of theatre craft, Robert Lepage is equally talented as a director, playwright, actor and film director. His creative and original approach to theatre has won him international acclaim and shaken the dogma of classical stage direction to its foundations, especially through his use of new technologies.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: A Two Dogs Company/ Kris Verdonck – Presyncope

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4:45pm – 5:00pm
A Two Dogs Company/ Kris Verdonck – Presyncope (Belgium, 2010)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.atwodogscompany.org

In Presyncope, a camera slowly and steadily slides down the façade of a tall office block. It is pointed towards the ground, approaching it slowly. We hear the calm voice of someone describing her thoughts and impressions during the fall. This inner monologue contains scraps of memories from the lifetime that preceded the fall.

Presyncope is a state consisting of lightheadedness, muscular weakness,
and feeling faint.

 

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As a theatre maker and visual artist, Kris Verdonck (Belgium, 1974) can look back over a wide variety of projects positioned in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture. Most recently, Verdonck created the 3D video-installation ISOS with the support of the EMPAC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ISOS is based on the world and characters from the apocalyptic science-fiction novels of J.G. Ballard and was presented at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Last year, a symposium on Verdonck’s artistic practice was organized in the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 27

Elfriede Jelinek’s On the Royal Road: The Burgher King – World Premiere Reading Translated by Gitta Honegger l Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski

Translated by Gitta Honegger

Monday, March 27
Segal Theatre

6:30pm Reading + Conversation

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

“This unique performance text by 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek offers a provocative European perspective on Donald Trump’s persona. The main speaker, a blind female seer suggests Miss Piggy channeling a confused Tiresias as she tries to get a handle on the bizarre behavior of the leader elect to draw from it some sort of oracle for the future. This seer with bleeding eyes sends Trump through a shattered looking glass where Jelinek examines him through the distorted mirrors of the heroes of Western culture: From Oedipus to Abraham, Isaac and Jesus, to Martin Heidegger, who attempted to lead the Führer.”
                                                                                                                            – Gitta Honegger

The world premiere of Elfriede Jelinek’s On the Royal Road: The Burgher King will be staged in October 2017 at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Germany. The rights to the world premiere reading at the Segal Center in New York have been generously granted by Rowohlt Theater Verlag; Nils Tabert, Head of Rowohlt Theater Verlag publishing house in close collaboration with Jelinek’s translator, Gitta Honegger.

 

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The Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek received the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature and many other prestigious literary and theatre awards. She is best known in the US from Michel Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher based on her novel Die Klavierspielerin.  Since the Nobel award she has written only one novel, but many plays addressing urgent issues of our times. Her themes include the politics of memory and guilt (Rechnitz); the 2008 global financial crisis, (Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns); the rapidly escalating European refugee crisis (Die Schutzbefohlenen); the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris (Wut), and now Donald Trump (Auf dem Königsweg). Her latest performance text was preceded by a brief essay, [German title] “The One and Only. His Ownness” which she wrote one day after the presidential election. Jelinek is one of the most produced living authors/playwrights in the German language world. Her plays are presented by all the major theatre companies often staged by leading innovative directors. These productions have been invited to countless prestigious international festivals and received numerous awards. Her plays have also been produced across Europe, in Japan, India, Australia and China. In the US the only fully professional staging was the 2013 New York Woman’s Project Theatre’s production of Jackie, directed by Tea Alagic. It was nominated for 2 Lucille Lortel awards, for outstanding solo show and outstanding sound design.

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Gitta Honegger
is the authorized translator of Elfriede Jelinek.  Recent translations of Jelinek’s performance texts: Rechnitz (The Avenging Angel) and the Merchant’s Contracts. A Comedy of Economics; Charges (The Supplicants) (all Seagull Books/U. of Chicago Press), Fury (Rowohlt Theatre scripts); Shadow. Eurydice Says (Performing Arts Journal), On the Royal Road: The Burgher King (forthcoming, Yale/Theater Magazine); Fury/Rage, an adaptation by the Hamburg Thalia Theatre, that interweaves parts of her text with scenes from Simon Stephens’ Rage, a response to Jelinek’s text.Currently Honegger is completing her translation of Jelinek’s opus magnum, the 666 page novel The Children of the Dead for Yale University Press. She also translated plays by Thomas Bernhard, Elias Canetti, Marie Luise Fleisser and others.  Book publications: Thomas Bernhard, The Making of an Austrian, (Yale University Press), which she also translated into German (Propyläen Verlag).  Dr. Honegger is Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University. For ten years she was a professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama and resident dramaturg at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed.

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Stage and film director, Stefan Džeparoski, is a Serbian-born, New York-based, renowned international director and creator known for his visually arresting and iconic live productions. The hallmark of his interdisciplinary stage practices is the creative use of projected media. His work has been seen on stages in Europe, Canada and US. Most recently Stefan directed Off-Broadway productions of Wide Awake Hearts by Brendan Gall (BirdLand Theatre at 59E59 Theaters), and The Birds by Conor McPherson (BirdLand Theatre at 59E59 Theaters). He is a Resident Director at BirdLand Theatre where he also directed Fortune and Menʼs Eyes by John Herbert, and Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph. His other selected directing credits include After The Fall by Arthur Miller, The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller, Roberto Zucco by Bernard Marie Koltes, Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Wolf by Edward Albee and Quartet by Heiner Müller. His multimedia project Delete was featured at Prague Quadrennial in 2015. Stefan is an award-winning director and educator holding MFA in Theatre Directing, and MA in Theater Studies.

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Masha Dakić, has more than ten years of professional theatre experience as an actress in Europe. Originally based in Serbia, she has worked with some of the major directors from the region. She also performed in Stockholm (Sweden) and Derry (UK). As a lead voice-over artist she has been a part of relevant franchised work such as Ice Age; Smurfs; Phineas and Ferb; Wreck-It Ralph, etc. She, co-produced and wrote the screenplay for a short film Run-up(2012), securing its distribution in Japan. With Tuna Fish Studio and the first regional Web Series #SamoKazem (#JustSaying, powered by BBC Media Action) that won the Satellite Award in Los Angeles; Special Honoree for prestigious Webby Awards, she took on a role of the Head of Casting, being also the creative part of the Production team. Shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, (2015), Official Finalist “World Series of Screenwriting” (2015) with her first feature film screenplay, and one of the lead writers for Serbian Sitcom Nemoj da Zvocas (TV Prva, 2016), Masha is a diverse artist who takes special pride in her collaborations with the director Anja Susa and is excited to be, now a long-term Alumni of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center’s Reading Series.

Start: Mar 27, 2017
End: Mar 27, 2017
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April 19

Arab Classic Plays: Yusuf Idris (Egypt), Issam Mahfouz (Lebanon) + Sa’dallah Wannous (Syria)

Wednesday, April 19
Segal Theatre
2:00pm,  4:30pm, 6:30pm Readings +Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Please join us as we expand our collective knowledge of the classical canon of Arab plays. Yusuf Idris (Egypt), Issam Mahfouz (Lebanon) and Sa’dallah Wannous (Syria) are some of the Arab world’s most renowned playwrights, but are relatively unknown to the Western world. Their complex and nuanced plays address the timeless issues of power and politics in ways that deeply resonate with our own situation. This event is curated by Joy Sarah Arab (Producer) in collaboration with Marvin Carlson; dramaturgy by Salma S. Zohdi.

The evening reading will be followed by a discussion with Joy Sarah Arab, Marvin CarlsonKareem Fahmy (Director/Playwright), Philip Himberg (Sundance Institute Theatre Program), Christian Parker (Columbia University), Edward Ziter (Tisch School of the Arts, NYU), and Salma S. Zohdi. The discussion will be moderated by Frank Hentschker.

2:00pm The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jabir (1971)
Written by Sa’dallah Wannous (Syria)
Translated by Robert Myers and Nada Saab
Directed by Rania Khalil

The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jabir was completed in 1971, several months after Hafez al-Assad seized power. It was first staged in the Arab world in a production directed by the Iraqi director Jawad al-Assadi. The play is perhaps most notable for its use of a hakawati, a traditional Arabic storyteller, as a narrator in a traditional gathering place in the Arab world, a coffee house, who tells the story-within-a-story—a form derived from Eastern frame tales like 1001 Nights.

4:30pm The Dictator (1969)
Written by Issam Mahfouz (Lebanon)
Translated by Robert Myers and Nada Saab
Directed by Sara Rademacher

The Dictator is an absurdist classic. A minimalist mixture of Ionesco, Plautus, and Beckett, with fierce and frequently hilarious jabs at despotism in the Arab world, The Dictator was a revolutionary work when it was written in the 1960s and continues to speak to the revolutions and reversals unfolding in today’s Middle East.

6:30pm The Flipflaps (1964)
Written by Yusuf Idris (Egypt)
Translated by Trevor LeGassick
Directed by NJ Agwuna

Known as Yusuf Idris’s foremost absurdist work, The Flipflaps (Al Farafir) was written during a time of great change and challenge in Egypt and caused a literary uproar for two weeks in 1964 before it was banned. The Flipflaps is a two-person dialogue between a master and a slave. The slave, Flipflap, imparts Idris’s social, political, moral, and metaphysical ideas through allusions and symbols.

Yusuf Idris, born May 19, 1927, is an Egyptian playwright and novelist who broke with traditional Arabic literature by mixing colloquial dialect with conventional classical Arabic narration in the writing of realistic stories about ordinary villagers. Idris studied medicine at the University of Cairo (1945–51) and was a practicing physician in Cairo when he began to write fiction. As a committed leftist, he initially supported President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s reforms but later, in 1954, was imprisoned for opposing Nasser. Idris’ first anthology of stories, Arkhas Layali (The Cheapest Nights), appeared in 1954 and was quickly followed by several more volumes, including A-laysa kadhalik (Isn’t That So?). In the 1960s he sought to create a uniquely Egyptian dramatic form using colloquial language and elements of traditional folk drama and shadow theatre. He presented this plan in a series of three essays entitled “Towards a New Arabic Theatre,” and he tried to put it into practice in his own plays, notably Al-Lahzat al-harija (The Critical Moment), Al-Farafir (The Flipflaps), and Al-Mukhatatin (The Striped Ones).

Born in southern Lebanon in 1939, Issam Mahfouz, at the early age of twenty, quickly became involved in the movement to renovate and modernize Arabic poetry, which was spearheaded by the poets Yusuf al-Khal and Adonis. Several years later he wrote his first play, The China Tree (al-Zanzalakht), which premiered in Beirut in 1968. The China Tree, published in 1995 in the anthology Modern Arabic Drama, edited by Salma Jayyusi and Roger Allen, is the first play of a trilogy written between 1963 and 1967, which includes The Dictator (al-Dictatur), translated into English by Robert Myers and Nada Saab, and Saadoun the King (Sa’dun Malikan). The first two works were completed, but the latter was not. In 1969, the year after the premiere of The China Tree, The Dictator was produced in Beirut. The Dictator was recently revived and staged in Beirut in 2012, in a production directed by Lina Abyad, who modified the text and changed the gender of the two characters, the General and Saadoun, to female. This production was also performed in 2012 at Sharjah’s Theater Festival, where it received the award for “Best Arab Play of 2012” (the Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasim Prize). In addition to publishing four collections of poetry between 1959 and 1973, Mahfouz taught drama at the Lebanese University from 1969 to 1975, and in 1976, soon after the Lebanese Civil War began, he moved to France, where he lived until 1981. Other notable plays written after the trilogy include Carte Blanche, written in 1972, and a collection of short plays published in 1975. For the celebration of World Theater Day in 2000, he was asked to translate a play from the international repertory.  He chose Striptease, a Kafkaesque one-act play by the Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek, in which two men, an intellectual and activist, are imprisoned for unknown reasons and are eventually forced to strip. Mahfouz later adapted the play, maintaining the nucleus of Mrozek’s plot but adding elements that highlighted his own critical perspective of globalism, which had become an increasingly dominant aspect of contemporary political and economic life.

Sa’dallah Wannous, who was born in 1941 near Tartous, Syria and died in 1997, is widely considered to be one most important playwright from the Arab world of the twentieth century. He was a playwright, cultural critic, journalist, founder and director of the High Dramatic Institute in Damascus, and dramatic theorist. He wrote over twenty plays including An Evening’s Entertainment for the Fifth of June, The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jaber, The King is the King and Rituals of Signs and Transformations. This latter work was produced in 2013 in French at the Comédie Française in Paris and in English at Babel Theatre in Beirut, where it was directed by Sahar Assaf and produced by Robert Myers, Joy Sarah Arab and AUB. The English version, translated by Nada Saab and Robert Myers with a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, appears in “Four Plays From Syria: Sa’dallah Wannous,” edited with translations by Marvin Carlson and Safi Mahfouz, published by CUNY’s Martin E. Segal Theater Center in 2014. The translation of The Adventure of the Head of Mamlouk Jaber used in this reading will appear in “Sentence to Hope,” a collection of translations of Wannous plays and other writings, to be published this year by Yale University Press’s Margellos World Republic of Letters series.

NJ Agwuna is a freelance theatre and film director, hailing from the ‘burb’s of central Maryland. Performing from a young age, NJ found herself drawn more to the directorial and technical side of theatre. In 2009 she pursued her passion for theatre, at Binghamton University, where she majored in Theatre Directing and Cinema. Some of NJ’s credits include Garbage (Director), Good Man (Director), The Duel (Director), Town Hall (Director), Truth or Lie (Director), Funeral Food (Director), Dracula (Director), Then She Fell (ASM), Roadside Attraction (SM), Amazing Spider-Man 2, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (SM Sub). She would like to thank Joy for trusting her in the driver’s seat. She would also like to thank her family and roommate for always keeping her grounded.  www.njagwuna.com

Rania Khalil is a performance artist working in live and moving image. Her original artworks and performances have been seen in such places as The Judson Church, LaMama Galleria, Joe’s Pub, Utopia Station, HERE Center for the Arts,  The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York,  Townhouse Gallery Cairo, Al Ma’mal Contemporary Art Foundation Jerusalem, and the 2015 Venice Biennale.  Born to Egyptian parents in the U.S., Khalil has recently returned to New York after 9 years abroad in Egypt and Finland where she is a doctoral candidate in artistic research at the Theatre Academy/ University of Arts Helsinki.  She lives and works in Brooklyn.  www.raniakhalil.co

Sara Rademacher is the Co-Founder and former Artistic Director of Elements Theatre Collective, whose mission is to bring professional quality theatre free of charge to audiences with limited access.  Sara is dedicated to creating theatre to engage her community both locally and globally. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. Some favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and boom.  Before forming Elements, she studied theatre in South Africa, and earned her BA in Dramatic Arts at UCSB. She has worked in Casting, Assistant Directing, Dramaturgy and other internships regional theatres including The Guthrie, Seattle Repertory, Mixed Blood, Marin Theatre, and more.  Recently, she directed Campaign at the Museum of Art and Design and is currently directing for the Greenhouse Theatre Ensemble. Sara currently works for The National Theatre Conference. She continues to serve on the Board at Elements.

Start: Apr 19, 2017
End: Apr 19, 2017
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April 24

Remembering Dario Fo with Robert Brustein

Photo by Guido Harari/Milan (1995)

Monday, April 24
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation + 2:00pm Screenings

*Watch livestream here at 6:30pm!

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Join us for a day celebrating the legacy of Dario Fo with Robert Brustein, the legendary founder of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) and Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Evening conversation with Robert Brustein (via Skype) ; plus actor Joseph Grifasi reads excerpts from selected Dario Fo plays:

Accidental Death of An Anarchist (1970)
Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas (1992)
Mistero Buffo (1969)
We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (1974)
(Plays TBC)

Afternoon screenings curated by Rossella Menna.

Additional support from Rossella Menna (Dramaturg, performing arts curator), and Mariateresa Pizza (Director, Franca Rame Dario Fo Archive/Rome); the Italian Playwrights Project, Valeria Orani and The Italian Cultural Institute, Giorgio Van Straten.

The Segal Center honored Franca Rame in 2013 after her passing.

 

Afternoon screenings:

2:00pm Mistero Buffo Part 1 (Palazzina Liberty, 1977)
– subtitled English 60 min excerpt
3:00pm Morte accidentale di un anarchico (Teatro Cristallo, Milano 1987) – subtitled English 60 min excerpt
4:00pm The Theatre of Dario Fo (documentary, 1984) – in English 50 min
5:00pm Dario Fo and Franca Rame: A Nobel for Two (documentary, 1998) in English 55 min Directed by Lorena Luciano & Filippo Piscopo

 

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Awarded the coveted National Medal for the Arts in 2011 by President Obama, Robert Brustein—a veteran of World War II—has been a playwright, critic, teacher, actor, director, and founder of
two major repertory theatre companies, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard. Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University, he is a former Professor of English at Harvard University (now Senior Research Fellow), and New Republic Theatre Critic for over forty years. He now writes regularly for the Huffington Post, and teaches Dramaturgy students at the Drama School. He was Dean of the Yale School of Drama for thirteen years, where he also founded Yale Theatre magazine and the Yale Cabaret. He served for 20 years as Director of the Loeb Drama Center where he founded the ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.

 

In Fugadal Senato 2013@ Photo credit: Luca Vittorio Toffolon

Dario Fo (24 March 1926 – 13 October 2016) was an Italian actor-playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter, political campaigner for the Italian left-wing and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. Fo’s plays, in a hybrid Brechtian tradition, have been translated into 30 languages, and he was considered the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre. Much of Fo’s dramatic work, co-created with his partner Franca Rame (18 July 1929 – 29 May 2013), depends on improvisation and comprises the recovery of “illegitimate” forms of theatre, such as those performed by giullari (medieval strolling players) and, more famously, the ancient Italian style of commedia dell’arte.
His plays have been translated into 30 languages and performed across the world, including in Argentina, Chile, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the UK[6] and Yugoslavia. His work of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is peppered with criticisms of assassinations, corruption, organised crime, racism, Roman Catholic theology and war. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he took to lampooning Forza Italia and its leader Silvio Berlusconi, while his targets of the 2010s included the banks amid the European sovereign-debt crisis.
Fo’s solo pièce célèbre, titled Mistero Buffo and performed across Europe, Canada and Latin America over a 30-year period, is recognised as one of the most controversial and popular spectacles in postwar European theatre. The play has been denounced by by Cardinal Ugo Poletti from the Vatican as “the most blasphemous show in the history of television”. Fo considered himself an atheist. The 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature marked the “international acknowledgment of Fo as a major figure in twentieth-century world theatre.” The Swedish Academy praised Fo as a writer “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden”. Dario Fo owned and operated his own theatre company.

                                                                                                                                                        

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JOE GRIFASI Recent appearances include Endgame at Long Wharf Theater, Julie Taymore’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Encores revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway shows include Dinner at Eight, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The 1940’s Radio Hour and Happy End. Other credits:  The Boys Next Door (Drama Desk Award), Says I Says He, Phoenix Theater, Hughie Goodman Theater, Room Service, Enemies (Williamstown), About Face and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Yale Rep). Directing credits include One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black, A Cup of Coffee by Preston Sturges and As I Remember It at The Kennedy Center. Joe has appeared in over fifty feature films including, Presumed Innocent, The Deer Hunter, Beaches, Naked Gun, Benny & Joon, Matewan, FX and Natural Born Killers. TV appearances include, Bull, The Good Wife, Law & Order, Rosanne and LA Law. He is on the faculty of  The New School of Drama.

 

Start: Apr 24, 2017
End: Apr 24, 2017
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