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October 22

Vegard Vinge (Norway) + Ida Müller (Germany)

Photo courtesy of the artists

Monday, October 22
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Artist Talk + All Day Screenings

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

The Segal Center is honored to welcome the notorious Norwegian/German theatre duo Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller in their first visit to the U.S. Throughout the last decade, Vinge and Müller have managed to scandalize European audiences through gothic somberness and seemingly naïve aesthetics. They often indulge in transgressive improvisation, body fluids, violence, masks, and excessive make-up to create a new and ironically monstrous Total-Work-of-Art.

Their shocking, delightful, and thoughtful defiling of the Ibsen corpus provided fresh perspectives and commentary on these classic texts, while creating an outrageously original theatre language. Their maximalist and extremist aesthetics have earned them multiple awards and invitations to Europe’s most prestigious stages, including their former artistic home, The Volksbühne Berlin. Throughout the day, Vinge and Müller will personally introduce premiere screenings of excerpts from all their work, including a new, widely anticipated film project.

All day screenings* will include excerpts from Art Performance Videos, 2004-2005; A Doll’s House, Grusomhetens Tehatre Oslo, 2006; Ghosts, Ibsen, Black Box Teatre, Oslo, 2007; The Wildduck, Ibsen, The Bergen International Festival, 2009; John Gabriel Borkman, Ibsen, Volksbühne Berlin, 2012; Nationaltheater Reinickendorf, Berliner Festspiele, 2017; Untitled (in process), 2013-2015.

*Screening schedule to be announced.

Date: October 22
Venue: Segal Theatre
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November 8

The Magnificent Peony Dreams: Yin Mei – Installation Performance + Artist Talk

Peony Dreams: On the Other Side of Sleep, supported by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Art. Photo courtesy of the artist

Thursday, November 8
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Installation Performance and Discussion + 2:00pm Screenings

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

Photo courtesy of the artist

Join us for a day exploring the works and vision of Yin Mei, Chinese-American choreographer, performer, director, and professor of Dance at Queens College, CUNY in conversation with visiting scholars and professors from China as part of the exchange partnership between Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA, China), the Theatre Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Employing Chinese energy direction and spatial principles as a means for creating dance within the rubric of contemporary dance theater, Yin Mei aims to make visible the inner world that lies beneath the surface of everyday life—a parallel world beyond material purposes and goals, filled with mystery. As part of a generation of artists growing up and performing during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Yin Mei exposes in her works how personal memories, tattooed images of rage, harmony, solemnity and quiet silence exude an ethereal and illusory mood.

Afternoon screenings will feature excerpts of her works: Nixon in China, Seven Sages of Bamboo Grove, Antonioni in China, Empty Traditional/City of Peonies, Cursive, and /Asunder.

The evening will present an installation performance, with pianist Bill Buchman, that merges the artist’s personal memory, contemporary dance, and visual arts, followed by a panel with Yin Mei and others.

Start: Nov 8, 2018
End: Nov 8, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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