Segal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance
11:00am – 2:00pm
Frank Castorf – Dämonen (Germany, 2006)
178 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
German with NO subtitles
Life, death, God, salvation, terrorism, revolution? Whoever lives close to the edge, has the worst behind him. Frank Castorf, the internationally renowned German artistic director of the Berliner theatre Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz for almost two decades, staged in 2006 his very first film—based on his own stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Demons and Camus’s The Possessed. Castorf created a haunting post-Soviet pan-slavistic panopticon, which takes place around the very last Russian house before the western border. For the
film, the late legendary stage designer Bert Neumann created within the barren landscape of Berlin’s provincial Mecklenburg-Vorpommern county, a simple set: a dacha, an old garden shack next to a “swimming pool”—an imaginary landscape inspired by Wim Wender’s Paris/Texas, the tiny hamlet Korleput on Berlin’s country side, Russia’s Duma 2000, Cindy Sherman and the Danish avant-garde filmmaking movement Dogma 95.
Frank Castorf (b. 1951) graduated in theatre studies from Humboldt University in Berlin and made his professional debut as dramaturg at the theatre in Senftenberg. His productions are frequently invited to theatres and festivals around the world, including the prestigious Berlin Theatertreffen festival, where Castorf’s shows are a regular fixture. His artistic and directorial works have won him numerous awards including the Fritz Kortner prize, the Berlin theatre award of the foundation Preußische Seehandlung, the Nestroy Award Vienna, the International Theatre Institute’s Award among others. Castorf is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, the German Academy of the Performing Arts, and a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.
11:00am – 12:30pm
Evaldo Mocarzel – BR-3 Documentary (Brazil, 2009)
76 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
Portuguese with Spanish subtitles
BR-3 Documentary records the testimony of actors and technicians involved in the staging of BR-3 at Rio Tiete in Sao Paulo. The plot of the play follows the saga of three generations of a northeastern family. The play begins when Brasília was still a construction site in the 50s, and then moves to the traffic on the outskirts of the 90s. The film also shows director Antonio Araújo’s process in the mounting of the play.
Evaldo Mocarzel (b. 1960) is a Brazilian filmmaker and playwright. He graduated in Cinema and Journalism from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio in 1982. His first documentary, Alongside The Image, has received numerous awards and was highly acclaimed. Another major project of his, On the Fringes of São Paulo: Homeless, is a documentary about homeless people in São Paulo, Brazil. It discusses themes such as social exclusion, unemployment, alcohol abuse, madness, and religiosity.
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Gob Squad – Live Long and Prosper (Germany/UK, 2008-2009)
20 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
English and German
What: Seven film sequences are re-staged by seven performers across the city of Berlin. Shown on two screens, the devices of narrative film are doubled up and reflected back on themselves in a cinematic game of ‘spot the difference’.
Where: The mountains of the Wild West become escalators in the central station, a battlefield from a historic war becomes a city fairground and the interior of the Starship Enterprise is played by Pfennigland – a discount shop.
The intertwined sequences and their doppelgangers weave simultaneously towards their inevitably tragic ends. Performers prepare and play-out their scenes with tender seriousness, leaving a trail of pretend corpses, extracted from their borrowed sources and abandoned in cinematic pull backs that reveal everyday urban life continuing around them.
Gob Squad is a seven headed monster, an arts collective with seven bosses. Gob Squad has a schizophrenic identity and a multiple split personality: hermaphrodite, binational and bilingual, both a patchwork family and a social utopia. Gob Squad have been devising, directing, and performing together since 1994, working where theatre meets art, media, and real life. Gob Squad is regularly funded from 2015 to 2018 by the State Berlin, Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Live Long and Prosper is a Gob Squad production funded by Berliner Kulturverwaltung.
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Mijke de Jong – Stop Acting Now [Wunderbaum] (The Netherlands, 2016)
82 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
The Rotterdam Actors group, Wunderbaum, will stop acting and will switch over to REAL action. We will follow the actors’ frantic efforts to radically change the world. The actors, who have created socially orientated theatre for years, will set up various world-improving projects in ‘real’ life. The differences in approach, vision, and effectiveness are putting the group under considerable pressure. The central issue is the extent of our personal
engagement for the common cause.
Wunderbaum is a Dutch-Flemish actors’ group that makes new theatre about current issues. In 2013, Wunderbaum started building The New Forest: a four-year project involving numerous partners, volunteers and spectators. It consists of theatre performances, seminars, a film project, context programmes and online content.
For almost twenty years, the films by Mijke de Jong have shown great social involvement, from her first feature film Love Hurts (1992; Toronto International Film Festival – Special Jury Award Locarno) to Layla M. De Jong’s international breakthrough came with Bluebird for which she won a number of awards. Stages (Special Mention Locarno) and Katia’s Sister (2008; official Berlinale, Toronto and Locarno selections) followed. Award winning feature film Joy (2010) was shown around the world and got the Best Feature Film Award in The Netherlands. Feature film Frailer (2014) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Last year she worked together with Wunderbaum on the film Stop Acting Now, which will premiere during the 2016 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Sibylle Dahrendorf – Crackle of Time: Christoph Schlingensief and His Opera Village in Burkina Faso (Germany/Burkina Faso, 2012)
106 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
German with English subtitles
Christoph Schlingensief, the German film, theatre, and opera director, had a vision for an opera village in Africa. Despite his battle with cancer, he made frequent trips to Burkina Faso–such was his devotion and conviction. Crackle of Time tells the story of his impossible project: to build an opera village in Burkina Faso, a space which would combine art and life, with a school, theatre, hospital, living quarters, a football field, and a lunchroom. Schlingensief wanted to include everything one needs to live and survive in one place. Everything changed when Christoph Schlingensief died in August 2010.From the initial location search in May 2009 and the groundbreaking in February 2010 to the emergence of the school, the documentary takes us up close to the German artist, Christoph Schlingensief, and his architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré, who originally comes from Burkina Faso. The documentary gets behind the vision of the ‘opera village’ and witnesses its struggles and hurdles. In October 2011, the school celebrated its opening.
Sibylle Dahrendorf (b. 1964, Cologne) has been living in Berlin since 1992 and works as an author, film director, and freelancer for several TV broadcasting stations, realizing reports, features and documentaries (shooting in Germany, Bosnia, Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Israel and Africa). Since 1998, Dahrendorf worked with Christoph Schlingensief and accompanied him and his work for many TV features. Crackle of Time was her first documentary for the cinema.
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Rimini Protokoll – World Climate Change Conference (Germany)
55 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
German with English subtitles
Berlin’s groundbreaking experimental theatre ensemble Rimini Protokoll, made up of Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel, work in many realms: theatre, sound and radio plays, film, and installation. In 2014, for the theatre Schauspielhaus (Hamburg), the ensemble created a mammoth-scale “drama of diplomacy“ — a simulation of the 2015 Paris UN Conference on Climate Change. Rimini asked audience members to divide into 196 national delegations and to reenact proceedings of international climate diplomacy. Documentary filmmakers Sandra Trosel & Lilli Thalgott documented the process.
ABOUT RIMINI PROTOKOLL
Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel studied at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft 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 colorful 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. Since 2004, Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel have been based at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Berlin. Among others, the three have created Shooting Bourbaki (Haug/ Kaegi/Wetzel), which won the NRW-Impulse Prize in 2003 (the same year the Theater magazine yearbook called them the most promising young directors of the year); Deadline (Haug/Kaegi/Wetzel), presented in the Berlin Theatre Encounters in 2004; Schwarzenbergplatz (Haug/ Kaegi/ Wetzel), nominated in Austria for the Nestroy Prize for Theatre; and Wallenstein (Haug/Wetzel), performed in the Theatre Encounters in 2006. Their extremely topical piece Mnemopark (Kaegi) won the Jury Prize at the Politik im freienTheater (Politics in Free Theatre) Festival, while Karl Marx: Das Kapital. Erster Band (Haug/Wetzel) won the Mülheimer Dramatiker Prize in 2007. In November 2007, Haug, Kaegi and Wetzel were awarded the German DER FAUST prize for theatre and in April 2008 they won the European Theatre Prize in Thessaloniki in the category New Realities. Call Cutta in a Box won a Honorary Mention by the Prix Ars Electronica 09 (International Competition for Cyber Arts) in the category Interactive Art. In 2011, they were awarded the Silver Lion of the 41st Venice Biennale, established to honor new theatrical realities.
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Krzysztof Garbaczewski – A Memoir (Poland)
50 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
Polish with English subtitles
Albertyna, Marcel, a couple, Charlus, Morel, Lea and others are living their dream together in a 19th century mansion. By following your imagination as closely as possible and motivating your neural networks and memories, you produce a story of your own choice. It is an experiment in understanding the biography of the other. Based on the novel, The Captive, by Marcel Proust, a masterpiece that asks if a human being could be discovered as a utopian project–a definition of his own life and memories and a sensual model of behavior in circumstances that are given only for a particular time period. A Memoir is a story that has been lost.
Film showing courtesy of the Theatre Institute in Warsaw and of Culture.pl (The Adam Mickiewicz Institute)
Krzysztof Garbaczewski is a theatre and film director and set designer known for his elaborate sets and innovative adaptations, crossing the boundaries between theatre, film, dance, visual arts, and music.
4:30PM – MOVEMENT
4:30pm – 4:40pm
People Get Ready/Ty Flowers– Physiques (US, 2014)
3 minutes 35 seconds| Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Physiques is an experimental video collaboration between video artist Ty Flowers and performance/music collective People Get Ready. People Get Ready’s Steven Reker choreographed a dance to the song, written by the goup, at 2.5x the normal speed. The video was shot at 2.5x the normal frame rate and, when played back, the dance stays in sync with the music, while all other background elements are surreally out of place.
Ty Flowers is a multi-disciplinary media artist whose work primarily focuses on the moving screen. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. He moved to New York in 2008. He has shot and edited Television programs for The History Channel, Science, Natgeo, Discovery, A&E, Bio, and the Travel Channel. His work has been exhibited at or been featured in Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, Noisey, and New York Live Arts. This is his first feature film.
People Get Ready is an American four-piece indie band based out of Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Steven Reker, Luke Fassano (formerly of Yeasayer) James Rickman, and Jen Goma. They are known primarily for their live performances, which showcase a blend of rock show and performance art.
4:40pm – 5:00pm
César Vayssié & Boris Charmatz – Levée (France/Germany, 2014)
14 minutes 22 seconds | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
A labyrinthine performance, constructed on the basis of an extensive canon of derivative gestures, Levée des conflits is impossible to recreate in its totality: it is a snapshot of 25 simultaneous gestures that the eye cannot take in with a single glance. Rather than try to capture something of this perceptual experience, César Vayssié opted for an unclassifiable film, something between an abstract bird’s eye view, a documentary, and a genre film. Filmed on August 23, 2013 in Halde Haniel, Bottrop, Germany (with the kind permission of Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts and of RAG Aktiengesellschaft), on the “Halde Haniel” mining site — an immense plateau shaped like a spiral — Vayssié’s film propels the dance into an indeterminate zone, somewhere
between science fiction and anthropology.
Produced by Musée de la danse/Sandra Neuveut, Martina Hochmuth, Amélie-Anne Chapelain. Co-produced by Same Art Producers/Dimitri Chamblas and Amélie Couillaud.
César Vayssié has authored many short and feature films, including Les Quatre Saisons and La Cinquième Saison. He also produced and directed a series of documentaries on contemporary artists (Il faut être inexact mais précis; Conscience; Rire Jaune). He directed Les Disparates, a film based on choreography by Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas. Other works with Charmatz are Education, Théâtre-élévision, Tarkos Training.
Dancer and choreographer, Boris Charmatz has created Aatt enen tionon and enfant. He also works as a performer with Médéric Collignon, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and Tino Sehgal. Director of the National Choreographic Center in Rennes and Brittany since 2009, Charmatz has transformed it into a new kind of Museum of Dance. He co-authored Undertraining/On A Contemporary Dance with Isabelle Launay, and Emails 2009–2010 with Jérôme Bel and is the author of “Je suis une école.” www.borischarmatz.org
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Carlos Soto – close your eyes up tight; you will not sleep tonight (US, 2013)
17 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
The piece utilizes a 1965 Mustang as a mobile mount for a camera that catalogues nighttime streets in the countryside surrounding Willem de Kooning’s Long Island studio. Accompanied by the blues-infused drawl of an electric guitar, the visuals transition slowly from shots of treetops passing overhead to lyrical images from within the car. Utilizing keen frame-rate manipulation and prolonged dissolves, the viewer is pulled in the direction of the car’s motion.
*Followed by a brief discussion with the artist.
Carlos Soto (b. 1980) is a director and designer based in New York City. His GIRLMACHINE, premiered at Performa 09; Pig Pig Pig (2010) premiered at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In 2011, he presented at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum. He is a long-time collaborator of Robert Wilson, with whom he has worked since 1997. Soto performs in Andrew Ondrejcak’s You Us We All. Most recently, Soto was artist-in-residence at the Watermill Center, where he began development of a new theatre work, Everything Alright, to premiere in New York City during the 2017-18 season.
Persona is a provocative and artistically complex opera-theatre depiction of human frailty, cruelty, and identity. The libretto has been adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s original screenplay for the 1966 classic film, which has been described as a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth dealing, with ontological subjectivity
and the gaze of cinema itself. The film is based on Makan and Scheib’s 2015, Beth Morrison Projects produced, production of Persona at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
*Followed by a brief discussion with the artists.
Keeril Makan (Composer) is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Luciano Berio Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Makan has also received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Howard Foundation, ASCAP and others. His work has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, American Composers Orchestra, Harvard Musical Association, and Carnegie Hall, among others. Makan is Associate Professor of Music at MIT.
Jay Scheib (Librettist/Director) is a director and designer of plays, operas, ballets, and hybrid live art performance events. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award for Direction. Recent works include the Luigi Nono/Monteverdi evening, Odyssee, and his live cinema performance after Chekhov’s Platonov, or the Disinherited. Most recently he staged Giorgos Kouroupou’s two operas Pylades and Jocasta for the Athens Festival in Greece, also with conductor George Petrou. Scheib is Professor for Music and Theater Arts at MIT.
GENDER & IDENTITY: Eleanor Fogg and Vivianna Chiotini/johnsmith | I AM A BOYS CHOIR | Sylvan Oswald & Maria Cataldo
5:30pm – 5:40pm
Eleanor Fogg and Vivianna Chiotini/johnsmith – what it feels like for a girl (UK, 2015)
5 minutes 27 seconds | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
johnsmith is a whatever being. Channeling Patrick Bateman and Madonna, john gets something off their chest in this razor sharp and revealing cabaret performance.
When johnsmith was born, an atom was fired at two slits. The scientists were surprised to see that the singular atom/john behaved like a fluid wave, and appeared to flow through both slits at the same time. They wanted to look closer, so they fired the atom/john again and watched. Under the pressure of an audience, the atom/john started behaving like a particle again and chose one slit to go through. The scientists keep repeating the experiment, and every time the atom/ john is watched it makes a different choice. Each performance john makes chrysalises, one persona from many possibilities.
5:40pm – 6:15pm
I Am A Boys Choir – demonstrating the imaginary body (US, 2015)
27 minutes 51 seconds| Segal Theatre (70 seats)
demonstrating the imaginary body is a work that exists somewhere between a gender studies lecture and an ice skating competition. Powered by the queer imagination, I AM A BOYS CHOIR investigates the body myth of the female athlete and the process of earning institutional validation by conforming to specific identity markers in regards to class and gender. There is also a lot of Tonya Harding.
I AM A BOYS CHOIR is a queer identified interdisciplinary performance collective founded in 2013 by designer Adam Rigg, choreographer Chris DeVita, and playwright Kate Attwell. Works have been seen at The Public Theater, REDCAT, La MaMa ETC, The Invisible Dog, Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place, The Wassaic Project, Mount Tremper Arts, JACK, and BAM.
6:15pm – 6:20pm
Sylvan Oswald & Maria Cataldo – Outtakes (US, 2015)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Outtakes is a lo-fi web series based on the genre of the transition video. People in the process of transitioning their gender create these raw journal entries on cell phones and webcams to share experiences and information, and to feel less isolated by reaching out and building community online. Outtakes blurs the lines between what is real and what is imagined. The show is about what it means when a very private journey has to happen in public.
Sylvan Oswald creates plays, texts, publications, and video. Plays include A Kind of Weather, Profanity, Nightlands, Sun Ra, Pony, and Vendetta Chrome. Sylvan is an assistant professor of playwriting at UCLA, an affiliated artist at Clubbed Thumb, a recipient of a Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship from Soho Rep, and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Co-Director Maria Cataldo is a New York City-based filmmaker best known for her work directing and producing MTV’s Clio Award Winning Rebel Music, a six part documentary serious about protest music emerging from conflict areas around the world.
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Adam Soch – Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary (US, 2015)
112 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
The impact of wunderkind theatre director Reza Abdoh’s explosive work is finally brought to light twenty years after his death from AIDS, with live performance footage and interviews with those closest to him. Reza Abdoh; Theatre Visionary, directed by Adam Soch (Abdoh’s long-time collaborator and video archivist) is an intimate portrait of the world and work of Abdoh and his company, Dar a Luz. It features excerpts from Abdoh’s most important productions alongside interviews with Abdoh himself, his collaborators, critics, friends and family. These elements combine to illuminate his legacy; his groundbreaking work and his visionary, theatrical genius.
Adam Soch (Director) fled Eastern Europe in 1980 to seek creative freedom in the US. He is a Los Angeles based filmmaker lauded by the media for the “stunning, remarkable, and compelling” images that are a hallmark of his films and theatrical productions, as well as for his editing style. Soch was Abdoh’s long time friend, collaborator, and archivist and has created the Reza Abdoh DVD Collection consisting of 21 titles on 29 DVDs. The collection can now be found in major universities and libraries throughout the United States. He is the founder of CULTURESonFILM.org, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to use film to illuminate global cultures in an apolitical and unbiased fashion.
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Jörg Jeshel & Brigitte Kramer – Passion – Last Stop Kinshasa (Germany, 2009)
90 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
French with English subtitles
Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B was founded in 1984. The company keeps to its principle of enabling artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to take part in a dynamic creative process.
les ballets C de la B was on tour for one year with the piece, pitié!, from director Alain Platel and musician Fabrizio Cassol. The tour took them to major capital cities including Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo. After more than 100 performances, pitié! concluded in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of The Congo. Following several years of unrest and political instability, the country is aspiring to new cultural horizons.
For filmmakers Jörg Jeshel and Brigitte Kramer, this was the starting point for the documentary Passion – Last Stop Kinshasa. The film is a documentary that focuses not only on the breathtaking show, but on the reactions in Congo as well.
Jörg Jeshel (b. 1943, Berlin), cinematographer for features, TV films, series, documentaries and music videos. He has worked with Andres Veiel, Markus Imhoof, Sasha Waltz and others. In 1992 he won the German Cinematography Award for Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue and two Grimme awards – for Kopfleuchten (2000) and for Schwarzwaldhaus 1902 (2003).
Brigitte Kramer (b. 1954, Constance) has worked as a dramaturg at the Schauspielhaus Theatre (Frankfurt), TV-producer at ZDF (1980-1995) and film-curator at documenta X with Catherine David (1997). She is an independent documentary filmmaker. Her collaborators have included Ulrike Ottinger, Sasha Waltz, Bette Gordon, Beth. B., and others. Kramer and Jeshel have made many dance- and musicfilms together. They co-run a production company in Berlin called nachtaktivfilm.
11:00am – 3:00pm
Frederick Wiseman – La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué (France/US, 1996)
223 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
French with English subtitles
La Comédie-Française is the oldest continuous repertory company in the world, founded in Paris in the late 17th century. This is the first time a documentary film-maker has been allowed to look at all the aspects of the work of this great theatrical company. Sequences in the film include sections of plays, casting, set and costume design, administrative meetings and rehearsals, and performances of four classic French plays, Don Juan by Molière, La Thebaide by Racine, La Double Inconstance by Marivaux and Occupe-toi d’Amelie by Feydeau.
Frederick Wiseman has made 40 documentaries and 2 fiction films. Among his documentaries are Titicut Follies, Welfare, Public Housing, Near Death, La Comédie Française Ou L’amour Joué, La Danse—Le Ballet De L’opéra De Paris, At Berkeley, and most recently In Jackson Heights. His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy, and tragedy of ordinary experience. He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed The Last Letter, based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman’s novel Life And Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Comédie Française. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Kazuhiro Soda – Theatre 1 [Oriza Hirata] (Japan/US, 2012)
172 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Japanese with English subtitles
Theatre 1 (Observational Film Series #3) is a feature length documentary, which closely depicts the world of Oriza Hirata, Japan’s leading playwright and director, and his theatrical company, Seinendan. By depicting them, the film leads the audience to revisit fundamental but timely questions: What is theatre? Why do human beings act?
This film is the first of a two-part (5 hour, 42 minute) observational documentary.
Kazuhiro Soda is a Japanese documentary filmmaker and producer based in New York, USA. He has lived in New York since 1993. He is known for his observational style and method of documentary filmmaking. Some of his works include Mental (2008), Peace (2010), Campaign 2 (2013) and Oyster Factory (2015). www.kazuhirosoda.com
3:00PM – MUSIC VIDEOS
3:00pm – 3:10pm
Dorota Masłowska – Mister D. x Anja Rubik – Chleb + Mister D. – Haj$ (Poland, 2014)
4 minutes 37 seconds + 3 minutes 13 seconds | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Polish with English subtitles
Mister D. is the stage name for Dorota Masłowska. She has recently released her debut album Społeczeństwo Jest Niemiłe (The Society Is Not Very Nice) which has immediately become a major talking point in the Polish media.
Chleb (Bread) is an abstract music video inspired by 1990s TV aesthetics and video games, featuring world-renowned super model Anna Rubik. A kaleidoscope of psychedelic scenes portrays the life of a Polish neighborhood, revealing a grand love story with a bread making machine in the background.
The song Hajs, in which Mister D demands a money sandwich in a shrill voice, was illustrated with a music video inspired by 90’s style. Produced using conventions from video games, it presents characters from rap videos passing through the style of a Polish housing project. This video is to promote Hardkor disco, a film by Krzysztof Skonieczny.
Dorota Masłowska is a Polish novelist, playwright, and since recently – musician. Her career began with the publication of several poems while she was still a student at Gdańsk University. She enjoyed a great deal of success with her first novel, Snow White and Russian Red (Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną) and soon became a regular columnist for some of Poland’s most respected magazines. Masłowska follows many generations of Poles who have taken it upon themselves to explore Polish identity.
3:10pm – 3:20pm
Half Straddle/Tina Satter – Secret Notebooks: Half Straddle Rap + Free the Skull: Music Video for Moon Duo (US, 2012/2015)
3 minutes 44 seconds + 3 minutes 57 seconds| Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Secret Notebooks: With a few months off one summer, and amazing collaborators, Half Straddle set out to make their first-ever rap song and video. Playing off the idioms of the genre, Half Straddle’s girl rappers drop push-ups with no knees, late nights with Soledad O’Brien, and references to their bangs as a knowingly ridiculous vocabulary for throwing shade, all set in a lusciously drenched visual realm and accompanied by deep beats.
Free the Skull: Sanae Yamada of the band Moon Duo commissioned Half Straddle to make this video. Tina was inspired by the sort of noir detective sound she heard in the song and an instinct to filter this sensibility through the dreamscape of young girl detectives who could serve as portals to an unexpected idea of what “freeing the
skull” could mean. Moon Duo’s sound can feel excitingly hard, as well as dreamy and ritualistic and the girls bowing down to this alien force seemed a natural narrative to reflect that.
Half Straddle is an Obie-winning Brooklyn-based ensemble of performers and designers that makes plays, performances, and videos written and directed by Tina Satter. This critically acclaimed company began in 2008 and has toured its shows in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. www.halfstraddle.com
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Lucien Bou Rjeily – About 66 Minutes in Damascus (Lebanon, 2012)
19 minutes 30 seconds| Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
Lucien Bou Rjeily gives a short presentation about his site-specific play, 66 Minutes in Damascus. Inspired by the descriptions of Syrian detention centers from foreign journalists and local activists arbitrarily incarcerated by the autocratic regime, 66 Minutes in Damascus puts the audience in the place of a group of tourists who visit the Syrian capital, only to be arrested by the Syrian secret service.
Lucien Bou Rjeily is an actor, director, writer and producer of both theatre and film but is mostly known for his work in immersive and interactive theatre. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MFA in Filmmaking from Loyola Marymount University in LA. His work in both theatre and film has traveled the worldwide festival circuits and won him many awards of which the YCE international British Council award in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2009. He brought his progressive approach to theatre to London’s LIFT Festival in 2012 with 66 Minutes in Damascus.
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Zeina Daccache – Scheherazade’s Diary (Lebanon, 2013)
80 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
Arabic with English subtitles
The women inmates of Lebanon’s Baabda Prison mine the depths of personal experience and confront patriarchy as they prepare and present the first theatre performance staged inside an Arab Women’s prison. Filmed during, and after, the ten-month drama therapy/theatre project run in Baabda prison, in 2012, by drama therapist and director Zeina Daccache, this gripping and tragicomic documentary features the women inmates who, through their unprecedented theatre initiative entitled, Scheherazade in Baabda, challenge societies that oppress women.
Zeina Daccache, is a Lebanese actress, director and drama therapist. She works for TV as an actress, and is a drama therapist working in different social sectors and has directed the award-winning film 12 Angry Lebanese. She is the founder and director of Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy, and she directed in 2009 12 Angry Lebanese – the play performed by the inmates in Roumieh Prison (Lebanon) and in 2012 the play Scheherazade in Baabda performed by the women inmates from Baabda Prison. And in 2013 she directed the play From the Bottom of My Brain with the residents of Al Fanar psychiatric hospital.
NEW YORK: Temporary Distortion/Kenneth Collins | John Jesurun | Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty | Daniel Fish & Jim Findlay
3:30PM – NEW YORK
3:30pm – 3:45pm
Temporary Distortion/Kenneth Collins – Only the Hand That Erases (US, 2016)
14 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Purely imagery and yet pure of image, moments previously captured on celluloidare erased and revisited as ideas inside the mind.
This film was created specifically for the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2016.
Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theatre, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage. Temporary Distortion’s recent work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performance featuring live music, where spectators are encouraged to freely come and go throughout all‑night events. www.temporarydistortion.com
3:45pm – 5:15pm
John Jesurun – Snow (US, 2000)
77 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
A toxic American cocktail of death, desire, technology, and television. Jesurun’s four screen mixdown of the original 2000 performance launches four “characters” and twenty-two shifting POVs through the unforgiving eye of one virtual actor. During the presentation of an original four screen live edit of the 2000 piece, that audience experienced this work similarly on four screens. The secluded live performance was transmitted and edited live to four screens in the audience area. There were four live actors and one “virtual actor”–a computerized camera POV with attached “character” voice.
Featuring Valerie Charles,Peter Crook, Mary Ewald, Peter Sorensen, and Jojo Abaoag. Music by Black Beetle And Rebecca Moore.
John Jesurun is a writer, director, and media artist. Since 1982, he has provided text, direction, and design for over thirty pieces including: the 61 episode Chang in a Void Moon, the media trilogy: Deep Sleep/White Water/Black Maria, Everything That Rises Must Converge, and Snow. Fellowships include: NEA, MacArthur, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Asian Cultural Council, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He has been published by TCG, Sun & Moon Press, and NoPassport Press. His work Shatterhand Massacree and Other Media Texts has been published by Performing Arts Journal. Past projects include Faust~How I Rose/BAM, Philoktetes/Soho Rep, Firefall/DTW, Stopped Bridge Of Dreams/La Mama, Jeff Buckley video Last Goodbye, and Harry Partch’s opera Delusion of the Fury/Japan Society. His webserial, Shadowland was shown live at La Mama and streamed on Vimeo.
5:15pm – 5:30pm
AutomaticRelease/Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty – Why Why Always (US, work in progress)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Why Why Always is a live, multimedia performance installation that re-envisions Jean-Luc Godard’s seminal film Alphaville. This multi-platform project offers a dynamic interplay between theater, dance, installation art, technology, and media by integrating live performers, multi-screen projections, live-feed cameras, sculptural set elements, and a vibrant tapestry of sound. These short films, inspired by Alphaville, feature Jim Fletcher as the character Lemmy Caution. These sequences will be integrated into the live performance.
AutomaticRelease (Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty) is a Brooklyn based artist duo who make multidisciplinary performances, multimedia installations, experimental films, documentaries, and video scores for live performance. They recently presented a performance installation called Keep Your Electric Eye On Me at HERE, NYC and completed a documentary about ERS called Standing By. Their work has been seen in diverse locations in New York and internationally including BAM, Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, PS 122, and Anthology Film Archives. Shaun and Lauren have received numerous awards and residency fellowships such as NYSCA, NYFA, MacDowell, Yaddo, and The Bogliasco Foundation. www.automaticrelease.org
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Daniel Fish & Jim Findlay – The Source (US, 2014)
8 minutes 11 seconds | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
This video is based on the oratorio with four channel video, The Source with music by Ted Hearne and text by Mark Doten that had its World Premiere at BAM 2014 NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL. The Source concerns Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army private responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The text is an assemblage of Twitter feeds, chat log transcripts, court testimony, and Iraqi and Afghanistan war logs. For this piece, Jim Findlay and Daniel Fish filmed nearly one hundred people, one at a time, as they watched an eleven minute US military video of combat from the Iraqi War. For the original live performance, the footage of the people watching the video was projected on four large screens that surrounded the audience and the singers, placing them alone and together in one shared space.
Daniel Fish is a director who makes work across theater, film, and opera. Recent work: Who Left This Fork Here, Oklahoma and Eternal. His work has been seen at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe including The Walker Arts Center, PuSH, Teatro Nacional D. Maria, Lisbon/Estoril Film Festival, Vooruit, Festival TransAmériques, Noorderzon Festival, The Public Theater’s Under The Radar, Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater, A.R.T., Bard College, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, a.o., and commissions include MacDowell, Baryshnikov Arts Center, MassMOCA, LMCC/Governor’s Island.
Jim Findlay works across boundaries as a theater and visual artist, and filmmaker. His recent work includes his original performances Vine of the Dead, Dream of the Red Chamber and the direction/design of David Lang’s Whisper Opera. His work has been seen at Lincoln Center and Arena Stage, a.o. , and over 50 cities internationally.
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Steven Soderbergh – And Everything is Going Fine [Spalding Gray] (US, 2010)
89 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall (180 seats)
The late Spalding Gray was a brilliant playwright and actor, known for his dazzling, distinctive monologues, an art form all his own. Here, master filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who collaborated with him on King of the Hill and Gray’s Anatomy, takes Gray’s own words–captured over 25 years—to craft a profound, insightful and wonderfully entertaining portrait of this quintessential American artist.
Steven Soderbergh (b. 1963) began making short 16-millimeter films with second-hand equipment around the age of 15. His first major break was when the rock group Yes assigned him to shoot a concert film, which eventually earned him a Grammy nomination for Yes: 9012 Live (1985). Following this achievement, Soderbergh filmed Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), a film that earned him the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. In 2000, Soderbergh directed two major motion pictures that are now his most successful films to date: Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000). These films were both nominated for Best Picture at the 2001 Academy Awards and gave him the first twin director Oscar nomination in almost 60 years and the first ever win.
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