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March 2

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP)

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THURSDAY, MARCH 2   l   FRIDAY, MARCH 3   l   MONDAY, MARCH 6


Segal Theatre + Elebash Recital Hall

All Day Screenings

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

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center announces its third annual Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP). The film festival will take place all day on Thursday, March 2, Friday, March 3, and Monday, March 6 at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, located at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals.

The program includes a roster of more than 40 features, shorts, documentaries, advance screenings, and meet-the-artist Q&A sessions.

The FTP 2017 is co-curated by Festival Founder Frank Hentschker (Executive Director and Director of Programming at MESTC), Antje Oegel (AO International), and Nina Segal (Playwright and Producer).

Festival Founding Producer: Joy Sarah Arab
Festival Dramaturg: Soriya K. Chum
Assistant to Curators: Jenny Tibbels

Film Festival Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, March 2

[Loop] Antonio Rezza – Flavia MastrellaMilano, Via Padova Italy | 70 Minutes
11:00am Georg Genoux, Liza Smith & Natal’ya VorozhbytMy Mykolaevka Ukraine | 95 minutes
12:30pm Janez JanšaMy Name is Janez Janša Slovenia | 68 minutes
12:40pm Michael LesaacA Snake Gives Birth to a Snake [Global Arts Corps] USA/South Africa | 100 minutes
1:45pm András SalamonNational Documentary [National Theatre of Hungary] Hungary | 90 minutes
2:30pm Guy DavidiMixed Feelings Israel | 77 minutes
3:20pm Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana BleyInflamável Brazil | 10 minutes
3:30pm Tadeu Jungle – EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus Brazil | 90 minutes
3:40pm Milo RauThe Moscow Trials Germany | 90 minutes
5:05pm Sahar AssafAl Khandaq Lebanon | 65 minutes
5:15pm René PolleschBad Decisions Germany | 95 minutes
6:15pm Marielle NitoslawskaBreaking the Frame Canada| 100 minutes
7:15pm 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater GroupHuang Yi & Kuka New York/Taiwan | 30 minutes [excerpt]
8:00pm Rimini ProtokollHome Visit Europe + Remote X Germany | 100 minutes
8:15pm Koji FukadaSayonara Japan | 102 minutes

Friday, March 3

[Loop] Chloé Déchery & Chris EleyWhat Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? France | 18 Minutes
12:30pm Jan Lauwers & NeedcompanyGoldfish Game Belgium | 105 minutes
1:00pm Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach NicholsFlex is Kings USA| 83 minutes
2:30pm Frédéric NauczycielHouse of HMU Series France| 22 minutes
2:30pm Popo FanThe VaChina Monologues China | 28 minutes
3:00pm Wim Vandekeybus Blush [Ultima Vez] Belgium | 52 minutes
3:00pm Nadia Ranocchi & David ZamagniAll Inclusive vs. Joule Italy | 65 minutes + 22 minutes
4:00pm Aneta PanekAlchemy of Punk Germany | 15 minutes
4:15pm  Eva Vives – Waltz For One USA  | 5 minutes
4:30pm Jason ZeldesRomeo is Bleeding USA | 95 minutes
4:30pm Brigitte PoupartOver My Dead Body Canada| 80 minutes
6:00pm Michelle Memran – (work-in-progress) The Rest I Make Up: María Irene Fornés USA | 20 minutes
6:30pm Nature Theatre of OklahomaLife & Times, Episode 7 USA | 135 minutes
7:00pm Arran ShearingForgotten Man UK/Canada | 84 minutes
9:00pm The Segal CenterPrelude Festival USA | 30 minutes [excerpt]

Monday, March 6

[Loop] The Living TheatreKnow Your Rites Tour 2016 USA | 40 minutes
11:00am Lee Breuer & Eric MarcianoBook of Clarence USA | 100 minutes
1:00pm Zachary OberzanFlooding with Love for The Kid USA | 107 minutes
3:00pm Robert LepageThe Image Mill Revealed Canada | 60 minutes
4:00pm Sean Edward LewisStorefront USA | 15 minutes
4:30pm Temporary DistortionThis Empty Room USA | 15 minutes
4:45pm A Two Dogs Company/ Kris VerdonckPresyncope [A Two Dogs Company] Belgium | 15 minutes
5:00pm Brian Rogers – (work-in-progress) Screamers [The Chocolate Factory Theater] USA | 30 minutes [excerpt]
6:00pm Andrew SchneiderActing Stranger USA | 20 minutes
6:30pm Lee Breuer & Eric MarcianoLa Divina Caricatura USA | 20 minutes [excerpt]
7:30pm Penny Arcade, Claire Moodey, Steve ZehentnerRichard Foreman Biography USA | 30 minutes

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

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

Photo © 2017 Flex is Kings

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols – Flex is King (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.

 

 

Photos © 2017 Flex is Kings

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
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March 3

FTP: Jason Zeldes – Romeo is Bleeding

Photo by Michael Klein

4:30pm – 6:30pm
Jason Zeldes – Romeo is Bleeding  (US, 2015)
95 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.romeoisbleedingfilm.com

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?

 

Photo by Michael Klein

Jason Zeldes is a documentary director and editor, best known for editing the 2013 Academy Award® winning film, Twenty Feet From Stardom. The film earned Zeldes an ACE Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature, and led to other exciting collaborations, including work with the Oceanic Preservation Society on Racing Extinction which premiered at Sundance 2015. Prior to his editing career, Jason worked as an assistant to acclaimed filmmakers such as Doug Blush, Kirby Dick, and Patrick Creadon. Romeo is Bleeding is Jason’s directorial debut.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
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March 3

FTP: Michelle Memran – The Rest I Make Up

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6:00pm – 7:00pm
Michelle MemranThe Rest I Make Up (US, Work-in-progress)
Excerpt – 20 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English
www.therestimakeup.com

An intimate, joyful, haunting portrait of the iconic Cuban-American dramatist María Irene Fornés that shows art and friendship enduring in the face of forgetting. This excerpt, taken from the rough cut, introduces you to Fornes and her visionary creative process.

María Irene Fornés (born May 14, 1930) is a Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director who was a leading figure of the Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Fornés’ themes focused on poverty and feminism. Moreover, on personal and artistic levels, her lesbian identity has been central to her art. She lives in New York City.

*Followed by a discussion with Michelle Memran.

Photo courtesy of Lucy Barbera

Michelle Memran is a reporter, illustrator, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. She first began this film collaboration with María Irene Fornés more than 13 years ago, and she is pleased to say that the end is near!

 

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

FTP: Nature Theatre of Oklahoma – Life and Times, Episode 7

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6:30pm – 9:00pm
Nature Theatre of OklahomaLife and Times, Episode 7 (US, 2015)
135 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.oktheater.org

With hot burning passion and increasingly limited means, Nature Theater of Oklahoma attempts to take on Hollywood, the French New Wave, and the entire history of cinema as we know it.  Episode 7 of their serial epic, Life and Times, takes the verbatim first person narrated life story of one of their company members, Kristin Worrall, puts the original text into third person singular, and grafts it brilliantly onto the American film classic, Citizen Kane.

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Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an award-winning New York art and performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper.  With each new project, they attempt to set an impossible challenge for themselves, the audience, and their collaborators–working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them.  No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role–whether as spectators or–just as often–as participants in the work. Using readymade material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work–Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.

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

FTP: The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center – Prelude Festival

9:00pm – 9:30pm
Prelude Festival (US, work-in-progress)
Edited by Mike LoCicero, Videography by Shaowen Liang, Wanhu Jin, Wei Lee, and Nicolas Luna
30 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
thesegalcenter.org

Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. The festival gives audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process performances, conversations, presentations, and workshops.

This documentary, shot over the three days of the 2016 PRELUDE festival, gathers artists, academics, and theatremakers from the five boroughs to reflect on the legacy and future of work-in-progress.

 

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY occupies the space between public arts presenter, academic publisher, and research institute. The Segal Center bridges the academic and professional performing arts communities, fostering dialogue between playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers, filmmakers, critics, and academics from around the world. The Segal Center presents a variety of completely free public programs, including staged readings, festivals celebrating New York and international performance, and screenings of performance works on film, as well as artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs. The Segal also publishes three free, open-access academic journals, numerous individual volumes, and maintains a longstanding visiting-scholars-from-abroad program.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 6

FTP: The Living Theatre – Know Your Rites Tour

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All Day On Loop
The Living Theatre, Directed by Jessica Daughtery – Know Your Rites Tour (US, 2016)
40 minutes | | Segal Theatre Lobby
English
www.livingtheatre.org

The Living Theatre toured across America in the summer of 2016. Stopping in over twenty cities in various venues, the company also developed pieces in the streets, in corporate headquarters, and in public spaces. Here is a loop of some of those pieces.

 

The Living Theatre To call into question who we are to each other in the social environment of the theatre, to undo the knots that lead to misery, to spread ourselves across the public’s table like platters at a banquet, to set ourselves in motion like a vortex that pulls the spectator into action, to fire the body’s secret engines, to pass through the prism and come out a rainbow, to insist that what happens in the jails matters, to cry “Not in my name!” at the hour of execution, to move from the theater to the street and from the street to the theater. This is what The Living Theatre does today. It is what it has always done.

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

FTP: Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence

Photo by Eric Marciano

11:00am – 12:45pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence (US, 2016)
100 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.bookofclarence.com

This feature length documentary essay follows the life of legendary blind gospel singer and founding member of the Grammy award winning Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain. We learn of Clarence’s life, music and health through his dreamlike and hallucinatory memories while he receives kidney dialysis. These memories are woven together with past performances of The Blind Boys of Alabama and current performances with a small band featuring long-time collaborator and guitar player Sam Butler Jr. The film also features Clarence’s last performance with The Blind Boys of Alabama at the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival. The kidney dialysis dream sequences feature the kinetic abstract light paintings by the artist Bill Ham of 1960s San Francisco psychedelic light show era.

 

Photo by Tom LeGoff

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Zachary Oberzan – Flooding With Love For The Kid

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1:00pm – 3:00pm
Zachary OberzanFlooding with Love for The Kid (US, 2007)
107 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.zacharyoberzan.com

Meticulously adapted from David Morrell’s novel First Blood, which introduced us to a young man named Rambo and his one-man war against a small town, Flooding With Love for the Kid is itself a one-man cinematic war. Shot entirely for $96 in a 220 sq.ft. apartment in Manhattan, it was adapted, directed, filmed, acted, and edited by one man, destroying all previous notions of low-budget filmmaking with a determination lifted from Rambo’s own infuriated rampage.

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Zachary Oberzan was a founding member of the NYC theater collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma, collaborating and performing in numerous productions, including the Obie-winning No Dice, and the one-man show Rambo Solo. His first solo film/theatre hybrid, Your brother. Remember?, premiered in May 2010 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and has, to date, been performed in over forty cities worldwide. A stand-alone film version of Your brother. Remember? had its cinematic premiere in NYC in 2012. Recent hybrids include Tell Me Love Is Real, and The Great Pretender. Oberzan has also performed with The Wooster Group and Richard Foreman.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Sean Edward Lewis – Storefront

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4:00pm – 4:20pm
Sean Edward Lewis – Storefront (US, 2017)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
lilacco.wordpress.com

A 1980s Brooklyn murder case is re-imagined as a lo-fi snuff comedy.

Photo by Galya Kovalyova

Sean Edward Lewis (born 1968, Yucaipa, California) is a writer, actor, director, and founder of Brooklyn, NY based LILAC CO. His work has been shown in abandoned storefronts, church basements, the Polish National Home, Dixon Place, The Tank, Saint Vitus, Zebulan, D.I.Y. spots throughout New York City and Los Angeles, Joe’s Pub, The Roy Hart Institute (Malérargues,Fr), Pantheatre Myth and Theatre Festival (2014 Paris, France) The Collapsable Hole, The Segal Center’s PRELUDE Festival (2016), The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (2014).

 

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March 6

FTP: Temporary Distortion – This Empty Room

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4:20pm – 4:45pm
Temporary Distortion – This Empty Room (US, 2017)
10 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.temporarydistortion.com

This Empty Room is a site-specific short film. It is a portrait of where you are right now.

While contemporary culture trains us in practices of distraction, fragmentation, and multitasking, this film asks you to make space for a single-focused awareness of the present moment and your current surroundings.

There are as many possible versions of this film as there are rooms to view them.

 

Photo by Shannon Collins

Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over twenty cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

Temporary Distortion’s recent work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performances featuring live music, where spectators are encouraged to come and go throughout all-night events.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theater – Screamers

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5:00pm – 6:00pm
Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theater – Screamers (US, work-in-progress)
30 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

Screamers (working title) is Brian Rogers’ first feature film.

It is one half of a larger project which will premiere at PS122 later this year.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Brian Rogers.

 

Photo courtesy of Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music and multimedia performances at its 5,000 sq ft facility in LIC, Queens. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale performances at The Chocolate Factory and elsewhere including Hot Box (September 2012, co-presented with FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival / January 2013, PS122’s COIL Festival / February 2013, EMPAC Center), the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory (2010/11), redevelop (death valley) (2009), 2 Husbands (2007), Gun Play (2006), Audit (2004), and Fundamental (2002). His newest project, Screamers, will premiere at PS122 in 2017.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Andrew Schneider – Acting Stranger

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6:00pm – 6:30pm
Andrew Schneider – Acting Stranger (US, 2014) 
20 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.actingstranger.com

I write very short scenes. No exposition, no inciting incident, no denouement. We act them together, you and I, having never rehearsed, discussed, or met. These scenes are videotaped as documentation and made available through a website. The film is a document, a by-product of the ongoing process exploring intimacy between strangers.
*Followed by a brief discussion with the artist.

 

Photo by Maria Baranova

Andrew Schneider creates and performs solo performance works, large-scale dance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007-2014. Andrew’s original performance work in NYC includes YOUARENOWHERE (2015 OBIE award, 2016 Drama Desk nom.); FIELD (2014); TIDAL (2013); WOW+FLUTTER (2010) at The Chocolate Factory Theater among others. His interactive work has been featured in such publications as Art Forum and Wired, among others and at the Center Pompidou in Paris.
More at andrewjs.com

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – La Divina Caricatura

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6:30pm – 7:30pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – La Divina Caricatura (US, 2017)
20 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.leebreuer.dog

La Divina Caricatura, is part of the artist Lee Breuer’s canon of personal works called, I Don’t Want to Change Your Mind, I Want To Change Your Music. Much like Whitman’s Leaves of Grass this a life-long body of work that he has been continuously adding to. It includes music, plays, poetry, and screenplays. La Divina Caricatura’s proposed screenplay is an adaptation of a musical theater piece that featured Bunraku puppets, musical performances by three bands and live actors. The original theater piece was performed at LaMaMa Theater in December 2013. The work is an exploration of a love relationship between a man, John and his dog Rose. These lovers go through cathartic and transcendental experiences on a Dantesque pilgrimage.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Lee Breuer and Eric Marciano.

 

Photo by Tom LeGoff

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
End: Mar 6, 2017
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March 6

FTP: Claire Moodey with Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade – Richard Foreman Biography

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7:30pm – 8:30pm
Claire Moodey – Richard Foreman Biography (US, 2013)
30 minutes | Segal Theatre
in collaboration with Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade English
www.pennyarcade.tv

The Richard Foreman Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project, created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive.

About Richard Foreman: He is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit Ontological-Hysteric Theater (1968-present). He has written, directed and designed over fifty of his own plays both in New York City and abroad. Five of his plays have received OBIE awards as best play of the year—and he has received, next to many national and international awards, five other OBIE’S for directing and for “sustained achievement.”

*Followed by a brief discussion with the artists.

 

Penny Arcade. Photo by Steven Menendez

The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive will help to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics. The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. The project’s biographies cablecast in New York City every Monday at 11pm EST on Time Warner Channel 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and stream live on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel One.

Start: Mar 6, 2017
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March 13

Poetry as Revolt: Spoken word reflections after the Age of Obama – Co-presented with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Monday, March 13
Segal Theatre

6:30pm Readings + Discussion

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

NYC-based poets and spoken word artists and three speakers react to our drastically changed political landscape. Confirmed poets include Advocate of Wordz, Jennifer Falu, Shanelle Gabrielle, Jaime Lee Lewis, Saroya Marsh, Pamela Sneed and others (TBC).

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theatre and visual arts. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop, and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.” Curated by Daniel Gallant in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.
www.nuyorican.org

 

Erik “Advocate Of Wordz” Maldonado is an award winning performing poet, published author, and teaching artist who has been honing his craft for fifteen years. He is a recipient of the 2014 BRIO Award, and has worked out of legendary performance venues such as Lincoln Center and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. His work has been featured and/or covered by many major publications including PBS, LA Times, Fox News, Univision and CNN. Wordz has toured many notable establishments such as Princeton University, Roseland Ballroom (Broadway), and Georgetown University to name a few. His book “Advocate Of Wordz; a book of poems and other creative nonsense that is imperative to your existence” can be found on Amazon and is also available at all his live performances.

Shanelle Gabriel is a singer, poet, and powerful advocate for lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX, and has shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, HuffPost Live, in a promo for the NFL Draft, in Women’s Health Magazine, and narrated Jennifer Hudson’s “I Got This” audiobook biography. She is presently the Program Director at Urban Word NYC, facilitates the North Brooklyn Lupus Support Group, and continues to perform throughout the US and abroad. For more information, visit www.shanellegabriel.com

Roya Marsh is the poet/author of the chapbooks Not All of Me Shall Die, Pieces, Vol. I & II and 26. She works as a preschool teacher and youth mentor, but has always had a passion for writing.   Roya was a finalist in the 2013 Poetry Idol, 2013 Inspired Word Slam Master Jam Champion, 2014 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and captain of the first all- female slam team in the tri-state area, representing Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has recently been ranked second in the world at the Woman of the World Poetry Slam. She has been featured in the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital and at many venues and colleges around the country.

Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, writer and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerTime OutBombVIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art ForumBlack Book and The Huffington Post. She hosted Queer Art Film at the IFC in New York City. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998, KONG & other works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a chapbook Lincoln (2014). In 2015, she published the Chaplet Gift with Belladonna. She has performed for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, PS122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM Cafe, Joes Pub, The Public Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Bronx Summer Stage,Columbia University’s Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum, BRIC and recently curated and performed in All Black/An Invitation at Danspace; Platforms. In 2016, she was also a presenter for Zoe Leonard’s event, “I  Want a President” at the Highline. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, The One Hundred Best African American Poems. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence as a guest faculty member and is an online Professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching the courses Human Rights and Writing Art. She was a mentor/consultant for the Poet-Linc program at Lincoln Center and directed a final show at Lincoln Center Atrium in 2016. She has recently presented at a symposium at NYU on Humor, Politics and the AIDS crisis. In summer 2016, she received a residency at Denniston Hill and was an SAIC Visiting Artist in the MFA low residency program. She is completing a collection of short stories Anna Mae/For Me, Tina Turner and All Black Women Survivors, and has a forthcoming chapbook Sweet Dreams with Belladonna, February 2017.

Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the author of the short story collection Determined to Prove, and the recipient of a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship. He is also a poet, playwright, theatrical producer, actor and teacher. His writing has appeared in eight anthologies from Vintage Books, Applause/Hal Leonard and Theater Communications Group. Daniel previously served as the Director of Theater and Talk Programming at the 92nd Street Y’s Makor and Tribeca centers. As an Eisenhower Fellow, he has explored how cultural organizations in Spain and Japan use innovative program and funding models to expand arts engagement. Daniel also advises cultural organizations in the United States about how to use game theory and social media to broaden their impact. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Crain’s New York, the Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York, New York Magazine and Voice of America; and on MTV, CNN NBC, NY1, CBS, NPR, Univision, the BBC and other networks. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Gallant has exploited expanding social-media tools to grow the cafe from a small, volunteer-led venue best known for weekly poetry events to a thriving arts center with partnerships across the city.”

Start: Mar 13, 2017
End: Mar 13, 2017
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March 22

Create NYC: A Symposium and Town Hall

Photo by Julien Jourdes

Wednesday, March 22
Proshansky Auditorium
All day symposium and town hall

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

The Segal Center is partnering with New York arts and culture organizations to host a day of outreach, engagement, and strategy towards the creation of a new cultural plan for New York.

The all-day symposium features morning breakout sessions around themes and ideas generated from a series of breakfasts and meetings between cultural workers and organizations over many months leading up to this event.

The afternoon program features short presentations of direct proposals to the planning consultants, followed by an evening with short manifestos from NY arts organizations and a Town Hall discussion. In partnership with The Field, One Percent for Culture, Center for Arts Education, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Gibney Dance, the initiative grew out of the Cultural Agenda Fund’s efforts to supplement the official planning process conducted by the city and is supported by the New York Community Trust. This Create NYC event was organized by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Brad Burgess and Frank Hentschker in close collaboration with The Field, One Percent for Culture, Center for Arts Education, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Gibney Dance.

Visit www.CreateNYC.org to learn more about the NYC Cultural plan and the work of the Hester Street Collaborative.

Schedule:
10:00am Morning Breakout Sessions

2:00pm Presentations of
Proposals for New York City Cultural Plan
by participants of Create NYC Symposium

6:30pm Manifestos from Arts Organizations, Town Hall;
Award Ceremony for Martin E. Segal Award for Civic Engagement in the Arts
Honoree: Caron Atlas

Invited are:
The Actors Fund
Amerinda
A.R.T. / New York
ArtsPool
Asian American Arts Alliance
BAAD
Catalyst
FAB
The Indie Theater Fund
Staten Island Arts Council
TCG: Theatre Communications Group
LITNY
NET
The New Black Fest
NYIT
Peoplmovr
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
all CIGs, CEGs,
and more TBC.

                                                

                      

 

 

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April 3

Richard Maxwell

Photo by Juri Junkov

Monday, April 3
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Artist Talk + 2:00pm Screenings

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

Join us for an artist talk with Richard Maxwell of New York City Players and selected afternoon screenings of his work.


Evening Program
6:30pm
Richard Maxwell in Conversation
with Frank Hentschker

Afternoon Screenings:
2:00pm
House (1998 / 50 mins)
3:00pm The Darkness of this Reading (2005 / 60 mins)
4:00pm Isolde (2014 / 90 mins)

Richard Maxwell is a playwright, director, and the artistic director of New York City Players. He studied acting at Illinois State University and then became a co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial. His latest book, Theater for Beginners, is published by TCG (2015). He directed Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play, Really, for New York City Players (March 2016). Upcoming projects include The Evening Part 2 and Samara, directed by Sarah Benson with music by Steve Earle (April 4-May 7 at Soho Rep).

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April 17

PS122: Past and Future with Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka

Mark Russell, Vallejo Gantner, Jenny Schlenzka. Photos courtesy of PS122.

Monday, April 17
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation

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

Join us for an evening with former and present Executive Artistic Directors of PS122: Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka. They will discuss past, present, and future of PS122, one of the most influential theatre and performance spaces in the Americas.

Performance Space 122 began in 1980, emerging from a city struggling with high rates of poverty, crime, racial strife, and drugs, as well as the deaths of many vital artists and thinkers caught up in the AIDS epidemic. Together with AIDS Service Center NYC, Mabou Mines, and Painting Space 122, PS122 transformed an abandoned public school in the heart of a low-rise immigrant neighborhood into a multi-use community and cultural center.

Vallejo Gantner joined PS122 in 2005. Previously, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01. Originally from Melbourne, Vallejo has worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia – as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He co-produced Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer / presenter of contemporary circus, cabaret, music across the US. More recently he’s performed in “The Curator’s Piece” by Tea Tupajic and Petra Zanki across Europe and in NY, Executive Produced the hit indie feature films “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely” by Lynn Shelton, and the upcoming “Men go To Battle” by Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil and directed a new concert performance at the Irish Arts Center by composer / singer Julie Feeney. He is a partner in a micro-brewery – Mountain Goat Beer in Australia, and in 2006, he was a Deakin Lecturer in Melbourne. Vallejo also sits on the board of directors of Jianguo Pty Ltd (Aus), and Four Winds Foundation (Aus).

Mark Russell launched the Under the Radar Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in January 2005. UTR focuses on theater based contemporary performance. The festival moved to the Public Theater in 2006 and has become a centerpiece in the New York City theater season; mixing international performances with national and local artists. Russell has also served as the guest artistic director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Arts Festival 2006-2008. He created the Off Center Festival for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, as well as the Off the Wall series at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as an associate curator for the Act French Festival in New York in 2005. From 1983-2004 he was the Executive Artistic Director of Performance Space 122, bringing the space from an artist rental space to a world renowned presenting institution committed to developing the work of New York City artists.  Russell has been involved with many artists over his career in dance, music, performance and theater, creating opportunities for them to reach wider audiences.  In 2014 and 2015 Russell lived with his family in Lausanne, Switzerland, researching  European festival practice while maintaining his work with The Public Theater. He and his family are currently living in New York on the upper West Side.

For the past five years, Jenny Schlenzka has been Associate Curator at MoMA PS1 in New York where she established the interdisciplinary live program Sunday Sessions. The program has featured artists such as Mette Ingvartsen, Ann Liv Young, and Justin Vivian Bond as well as new commissions by Trajal Harrell, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Matthew Lutz Kinoy and Tobias Madison, among many others. In addition to her event program that incorporated performance, music, dance, discourse, and moving images, Schlenzka also developed an interest in performance within the exhibition format, organizing at MoMA PS1 the New York presentation of Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (2014) and Anne Imhof: DEAL (2015), both exhibitions with strong performance components. Prior to her work at MoMA PS1, Schlenzka was the Assistant Curator for Performance in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art from 2008 to 2012, where she focused on presenting, collecting, and exhibiting performance-based art, including co-organizing the Performance Exhibition Series with artists like Tehching Hsieh, Simone Forti, Roman Ondák, Jerome Bel, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Ralph Lemon, and Allora & Calzadilla, among others. She has also worked as a curatorial liaison for KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Schlenzka received her MA in cultural studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2007.

 

 

 

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April 28

The 2017 Edwin Booth Award: Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac by Teddy Wolff. Photo courtesy of artist.

Friday, April 28
Proshanksy Auditorium

7:00pm

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

Join us for an evening celebrating the groundbreaking work of Taylor Mac, American actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer, and singer-songwriter. Taylor’s 24-hour, 246-song marathon performance, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, was hailed by Wesley Morris in the New York Times as “one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre. Past honorees include: The Royal Shakespeare Company (‘83), Ellen Stewart (‘84), Joseph Papp (‘89), Arthur Miller (‘92), Richard Foreman (‘97), Tony Kushner (‘02), Karen Finley (‘08), The Living Theater (‘09), Elevator Repair Service (‘14) and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir(’16). The event will feature live performances and a discussion with Frank Hentschker.

Presented by the GC CUNY Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA; Elyse Singer, Second Vice President), in collaboration with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and GC Public Programs (Karen Sander, Director).

Additional support from Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center CUNY, and the Doctoral Students’ Council Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies; David Savran, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre.

          

Start: Apr 28, 2017
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