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March 2, 2017

FTP: Guy Davidi – Mixed Feelings

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2:30pm – 3:40pm
Guy Davidi  – Mixed Feelings (Israel, 2016)
77 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Hebrew with English subtitles

Mixed Feelings is an inspiring story about cultural resistance of Israeli director and teacher, Amir Orian, a once successful actor that left his blooming career to create an alternative theater in his own apartment. This documentary tries to create space for artistic expression and the discussion of alternative points of view in a country troubled by destructive nationalistic forces. When Israel attacks Gaza, he can’t withhold objections to the war, while his students show resistance to the discussion. Performing onstage, their deep emotions are revealed, yet their defiance threatens the existence of the theatre.

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Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi has been directing, shooting, and editing since the age of sixteen. His short films include titles such as In Working Progress (2006), Women Defying Barriers (2009) and High Hopes (2014), which features music by Pink Floyd.  His second feature 5 Broken Cameras (2012) was directed with Palestinian co-director Emad Burnat. It was nominated for the 2013 Oscar in the Best Documentary section and won the 2013 International Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Davidi won the prize for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Audience and Jury awards at IDFA in Amsterdam and the Best Documentary in Cinema Eye Honors. His third feature length film Mixed Feelings (2016) won the Best Documentary Award, Epos Film Festival (Tel Aviv).

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Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2, 2017

FTP: Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana Bley – Inflamável

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3:20pm – 3:30pm
Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana Bley – Inflamável (Brazil, 2014)
10 minutes | Segal Theatre
Portuguese with English subtitles
www.abreurodrigo.tumblr.com

Inflamável (literal translation: flammable) is an artistic and performative ritual. It relates to the religious syncretism that shapes Brazilian culture, that mixes symbols and rituals from african religions – such as candomblé and umbanda – indigenous shamanism and Catholicism. It’s a praise to the fire, in which words, desires, concerns, inquietudes and every feeling that demands transformation is burned. The filmed performance possesses a documentary quality as it portrays public protests and a country in crisis.

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Rodrigo Abreu is a Brazilian artist researcher who develops works of urban art as political, social, affective, and spiritual engagements. His ritual art acts as a channel for the transformation of the human being. Abreu develops works as an actor, performer and art director.

Mariana Bley is a Brazilian artist. She graduated in History at UFSC and in Cinematography at the Cinema School Darcy Ribeiro. Her works develop on the threshold between the cinema, the visual arts, and performance. As director, cinematographer, and editor, she has made several award-winning short and feature films shown at festivals worldwide.

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March 2, 2017

FTP: Tadeu Jungle – EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus

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3:30pm – 5:00pm
Tadeu Jungle EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus (Brazil, 2011)
90 minutes | Segal Theatre
Portuguese with English Subtitles
www.tadeujungle.com.br

A film like a labyrinth, created from recent interviews and historical images about the career of director, actor, and playwright Zé Celso, of the Oficina Theater–one of the greatest artistic personalities in the history of Brazil.

Set in an unspecific time and without didactic lessons, the film is a powerful flow of images and sounds that leave the spectator in a state of constant attention, ending in a state of grace.

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Brazilian Film, TV and Virtual Reality director and screenwriter, Tadeu Jungle has created and directed one feature length fiction film, two documentaries, several video art projects, and many successful TV shows. He is a partner of the film production company Academia de Filmes where he directed more than 500 commercials. His recently published book, Videophotopoetry portrays his thirty years of artistic activities. River of Mud is his most recent film, a short documentary in Virtual Reality that shows what is left in a small village after the worst environmental disaster in Brazil. Tadeu Jungle writes for newspapers and magazines about video and television.

 

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

FTP: Milo Rau – The Moscow Trials

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3:40pm – 5:15pm
Milo RauThe Moscow Trials (Germany, 2014)
90 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
German/Russian with English subtitles
http://international-institute.de

The project The Moscow Trials attempts to inject urgency into rigid circumstances  of contemporary Russian society through the form of political theatre. In the Sakharov Center–a museum and cultural center in Moscow devoted to protection of human rights in Russia and preserving the legacy of the prominent physicist and Nobel Prize winning human rights activist Andrei Sakharov–a court is being set up. A three-day trial show provides the stage for Russia’s cultural war. There are no actors onstage. The performers are the protagonists of real, political life: professional lawyers, a constitutional judge, witnesses, and experts of all political shades. A randomly selected lay court, made up of six Moscow residents, will reach a verdict after three days. For or against the artists; for or against Putin. A Fruitmarket Arts & Media production in co-production with IIPM–International Institute of Political Murder. Festival of German Film–Special Jury Award 2014.

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Swiss director and author Milo Rau studied literature, sociology,  German,  and Romance languages  in  Paris,  Berlin, and  Zurich  under Pierre Bourdieu, Tzvetan Todorov, among others. Milo Rau’s productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals, including Berlin Theatertreffen, Festival d’Avignon, Venice Biennale Teatro, Wiener Festwochen and the Brussels Kunstenfestival, and have toured more than thirty countries worldwide. Rau has received many honours, most recently the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI  Prize, of which he is the youngest winner. In 2016, Five Easy Pieces became the first non-Belgian production to be selected for the Belgian Theatre Critics’ Special Jury Award.

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March 2, 2017

FTP: Sahar Assaf – Al Khandaq

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5:05pm – 6:15pm
Sahar Assaf – Al Khandaq (Lebanon, 2011)
65 minutes | Segal Theatre
Arabic with English subtitles

Over 4 days in May 2014, audience members took the bus from American University of Beirut for an architectural walking tour in Khandaq Al Ghamiq, which is a 5-minute walking distance from renovated downtown Beirut.  Upon arrival, two guides met them at the entrance and divided them into groups of 15. As the groups set off to explore the diversity of this ancient and forgotten metropolis, the guides warned them, “When you’re stepping back in history, watch your step!”

Photo by Rayan Ghannam

Sahar Assaf is an actor, director, and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the American University of Beirut.  She recently co-translated, co-directed and starred in Shakespeare’s King Lear at Al Madina Theater in Beirut, the first production of Shakespeare in colloquial Lebanese. Recent credits as a director include Ab: Beit Byout (an adaption of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County), Wannous’s The Rape and Rituals of Signs and Transformations, and Issam Mahfouz’s The Dictator. Sahar Assaf recently actied in Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s An Arab Woman Speaks produced by The Faction at New Diorama Theater in London and in Ab: Beit Byout, Babel Theatre, Beirut. Sahar is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

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Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2, 2017

FTP: René Pollesch – Bad Decisions

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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.

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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
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Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2, 2017

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.

 

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Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2, 2017

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
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Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2, 2017

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.

 

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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

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March 2, 2017

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.

 

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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.

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March 3, 2017

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.

 

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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, 2017

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.’

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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, 2017

FTP: Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols – Flex is Kings

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1:00pm – 2:30pm
Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols – Flex is Kings (US, 2013)
83 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
streetdancebrooklyn.com

Flex Is Kings takes place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York, where high crime rates and diminished opportunities have left the young men growing into adulthood few choices and fewer resources, pushing so many to lives dependent on crime and gangs. Yet there is a large and growing group resisting the notion that their prospects are limited to a powerless existence.

“Flex” is the name of the dance style – it involves dance battle competitions that are at once flights of fancy as well as poetic evocations of the streets – gun battles, romantic interludes, run-ins with authorities. The film is structured around a season of Battlefest, the central organizing event of the Flex movement, and focuses on some of the community’s key personalities.

 

Photos © 2017 Flex is Kings

Deidre Schoo is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. She is director, producer and cinematographer on Flex is Kings, represented by Visit Films. In addition to her film work, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Deidre’s work has been recognized by various organizations and publications, including Photo District News and National Geographic.

 

 

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Michael Beach Nichols is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. His first feature documentary, The Man Behind the Curtain, had its premiere at the Globians Doc Fest in Berlin. He serves as director, producer, cinematographer, and co-editor on Flex Is Kings, his second feature documentary.

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

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, 2017

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, 2017

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
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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