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May 6, 2019

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival The Gorki Theater, Berlin Christopher-Fares Köhler

Monday, May 6
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Panel

Free & open to public. First come, first served

Join Frank Hentschker in conversation with the Gorki Theater’s Christopher-Fares Köhler (Artistic Consultant).

The Gorki Theater focuses on conflicts of a diverse society with attention to themes like migration, queerness, refuge, exile, and feminism. They ask: “What is the place of theatre in a society in transition? What work should theatre artists, faced with a permanent crisis in economy and politics, produce to reflect the severe social and cultural conflicts in our societies on the stage?” Join us to learn more about the unique and groundbreaking vision of one of the important theatres of the City of Berlin.

 

photo by André Wunstorf

Christopher-Fares Köhler, born in 1987, he was Falk Richter’s assistant dramaturge for productions such as Small Town Boy at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin and to Rimini Protokoll at Theater Oberhausen. He worked for the dramaturgy department at the Münchner Kammerspiele, Theater der Welt Festival 2017 in Hamburg, for the Zürcher Theaterpektakel, the Theater an der Ruhr, the Boat People Project, the Volksbühne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele and others. Since May 2018 he has been a dramaturge of the Exil Ensemble at the Maxim Gorki Theater and artistic assistant to the co-director Jens Hillje.

 

Following panel discussion with Christopher-Fares Köhler, Sivan Ben-Yishai, and Dmitrij Schaad. Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

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May 7, 2019

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Yael Ronen and Sivan Ben-Yishai

Tuesday, May 7
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30pm Readings + Panels 

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm Daddy Loves You
Written by Sivan Ben-Yishai
Directed by: Tina Satter

A high speed train approaches an unknown destination through the dark night under the earth. Nine older women are sitting neatly in a row on a bench on the train. The further the train speeds along, the more painful the memories become. The passengers recount the wars they survived, motherhood, sexual abuse and more.

6:30pm A Walk On The Dark Side
Written by Yael Ronen.
Translated by Anna Galt
Directed by Sarah Hughes

When astrophysicist, Immanuel, is awarded a significant prize, his wife, Mania, invites his brother for a trip. Mathias, also an astrophysicist and a rival, brings his girlfriend Magda along, who just attempted suicide. Dark matter against dark energy, structural harmony against a chaos that explodes the system.

 

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Yael Ronen, in-house Gorki director, was born in Jerusalem in 1976. She comes from a theatre family and is internationally considered as one of the most exciting theatre makers of her generation. The greatest tool at her disposal is black humor in the framework of historical conflicts. Along with the Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize and numerous other awards, she received the 2014 Europe Prize for Theatrical Realities.

 

 

 

Photo by Merav Maroody

Sivan Ben-Yishai studied theatre direction and dramatic writing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem before joining the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio and Centre for Improvisation in Tel Aviv. For the past five years, Ben-Yishai has been based in Berlin, where she works as an author, director, and leader of workshops for dance and performance students. In 2013, Ben-Yishai won the Assitej competition in the category Best Show, Best Play, and Best Direction of the Year in Israel.

 

 

Readings followed by a conversation with Sivan Ben-Yishai.

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May 8, 2019

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Nora Abdel-Maksoud and Falk Richter

Wednesday, May 8
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30  Reading + Panels

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm The Making Of
Written by Nora Abdel-Maksoud
Translated by Corinne Hundleby (Panthea)
Directed by Sibyl Kempson

A film director wants to put together a superhero remake, made in Germany. But some crew members aren’t quite ready for the pressure of their roles. A wicked satire about the film business and theatrical ideals, a desperate hosanna to the paradox of acting and an optimistic swan song for roles that no one can really fulfill.

6:30pm Small Town Boy
Written by Falk Richter
Translated by David Tushingham
Directed by Nic Benacerraf

What happens when young men leave the patriarchy behind? Is it possible to be a different kind of man? A different kind of woman? How will we define family, nation and belonging in the future? “You leave in the morning with everything you own… Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away” (Bronski Beat)

Readings followed by a conversation with the playwright.

 

Photo by Jan Krattiger

Nora Abdel-Maksoud was born in Munich in 1983 and began to study acting in 2005 at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam. She has worked extensively as an actor for stage and screen, and received the 2017 Kurt Hübner Director’s Award for The Making of. Also in 2017, she was named “Newcomer Director of the Year” by the German theater magazine TheaterHeute.

 

 

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Falk Richter was born in 1969, in Hamburg, where he later studied philosophy and theatre direction. He is among the most important German playwrights and theatre directors of his generation. Since 1994, he has worked at renowned theatres across Europe, staging operas, his own works, and classic plays. Next to the Friedrich-Luft Prize, numerous awards, and a teaching position at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin, Richter has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

 

Readings followed by a conversation with Nora Abdel-Maksoud.

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May 9, 2019

PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Necati Öziri and Sibylle Berg

Thursday, May 9
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30pm Readings + Panels

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm Get Deutsch or Die Tryin’
Written by Necati Öziri
Translated by Anna Galt
Directed by Ashley Tata

There are moments in which everything comes together. Arda Yilmaz’s
18th birthday, for example, where she searches for the fragments of a
language that recalls memories of childhood in Almanya and a German-
Turkish family history amidst the turmoil of “guest” work and the Turkish
putsch. Above else, Arda is searching for an unknown father. A fade-out
on the last track of the record of your life.

6:30pm And Now, The World!
Written by Sibylle Berg
Translated by Ben Knight
Directed by Andy Goldberg

Evening. A young woman alone in her apartment. Friends Skype her and
send chats, text messages arrive, her mother calls. A few floors below, in
the basement: a man is tied and gagged. Young women’s fears, desires,
and obsessions with success are expressed in their media-saturated lives
–but how do they actually want to live their lives?

 

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Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar and now lives in Zurich. Her columns, novels, and plays are merciless in their narrations of misfortunes and the people that fall into them. She has been honored with multiple awards, including the Egon-Erwin-Kisch Prize and the Kassel Literary Prize.

 

 

 

Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Necati Öziri, born in 1988, studied philosophy, German studies, and literature in Bochum, Istanbul, Olsztyn and Berlin. Öziri worked as a dramaturg at Gorki Theater and writes short stories and theatre plays. In the theatrical season of 2014-2015, he was the artistic director of Gorki’s StudioЯ. Öziri is currently dramaturg at the Berliner Festspiele, where he directs the International Forum of the Theatertreffen.

 

 

 

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Dmitrij Schaad was an ensemble member at the Bochum Theatre from 2010-13. In 2011 he was awarded the Bochum Theater Prize and was honoured at the NRW Theatretreffen festival as best young actor. Since the 2013/2014 season Dimitrij Schaad has been a member of the Gorki Theatre’s ensemble. In 2014, the critics in the annual survey from the Theater heute journal selected him as the young actor of the year. At the Gorki he performs in, among others, Der Russe Ist Einer Der Birken Liebt (All Russians Love Birch Trees), Das Kohlhaas-Prinzip (The Kohlhaas Principle), The Situation and Denial, all directed by Yael Ronen. He also appears in the recent Gorki production Get Deutsch Or Die Tryin’ by Necati Öziri, directed by Sebastian Nübling. In 2016 he won a student Oscar for the film Invention of Trust, directed by his brother Alex Schaad.

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May 13, 2019

Screening Performance, Performing Screens: New Projections in Theatre and Media

Photo provided by DTSA

 

Monday, Tuesday May 13, 14
Segal Theatre

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

May 13 | 4:30pm Panel + Performance | Segal Theatre
May 14 | All Day Panels + Performances | Segal Theatre

The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association 2019 Conference
Opening Remarks by Edward Miller & Keynote by Sarah Bay-Cheng

In the streets, in our homes, in our hands; in public and private; in work, leisure, and social relations; ubiquitous and invisible, tangible or porous, screens are constructing a new reality. Artistic practices and critical theories are rapidly evolving to address this change of paradigm in communication, perception, and being. Gathering scholars and artists from multiple disciplines around the trope of the screen with its multiple resonances, Screening Performance, Performing Screens will reflect on the many collisions of theatre, performance, film, and other audiovisual media in scholarly, artistic, pedagogical, or performance-as-research works that engage with and challenge meanings of the word “screen,” as both noun and verb. How can historical conceptualizations of screens help us broaden the concept beyond the context of new media and interactive technologies? How has engagement with and on screens expanded or reshaped production and distribution of art and knowledge? In what ways have reception(s), spectatorship(s), and the discourses of marginalization been molded by screens?

Organized by Kyueun Kim, Curtis Russell, Christine Snyder, and Mara Valderrama.

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End: May 14, 2019
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May 16, 2019

Japanese Contemporary Theatre Magazine Launch and Panel Discussion

The Cast of KEREN. Photo by Shin Kurokawa

Thursday, May 16
Segal Theatre
4:00pm Panel

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

American Theatre Magazine’s latest special edition focuses on the Japanese theatre scene today. Join guest editor/curator, Cindy Sibilsky and an esteemed array of panelists including Yoko Shioya (Japan Society), Kumiko Yoshii (Gorgeous Entertainment), Professor Kyoko Iwaki (Waseda University) and others, moderated & hosted by Frank Hentschker. The lively discussion (with photos and video) will explore current trends in Japanese contemporary theatre in Japan and abroad, including: Anime & Manga onstage, non-human entities such as robots and ghosts post-Fukushima, upcoming events, future predictions and more.

Link to American Theatre Magazine Special Edition on Japanese Theatre: https://www.americantheatre.org/category/special-section/theatre-in-japan/

 

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May 16, 2019

Pathetic: Staging Women’s Desire with Julia Jarcho and Minor Theater

Minor Theatre
Photo by Minor Theatre

 

Thursday, May 16
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Reading + Panel

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

“I felt my whole body, and it was burning.”

This June, downtown NYC company Minor Theater presents Pathetic, a new take on Racine’s classic Phèdre at Abrons Arts Center. Racine’s queen destroys everything with her monstrous lust; in Pathetic, neoclassical hexameter meets contemporary teen drama as the heroine becomes a bored mom with an ax to grind. In anticipation of the premiere, OBIE-winning playwright/director Julia Jarcho invites fellow artists to consider what can happen when women’s desire gets a voice onstage. What new forms become possible when women appropriate the conjunction of sex and violence, which has traditionally been directed against us? How do we forge a lustful stage poetics of our own? And come to think of it, who is this “we”? The evening will feature readings from Jarcho’s plays, including Pathetic and Grimly Handsome (2013), and presentations by Kate Benson, Kristine Haruna Lee and Okwui Okpokwasili. Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Photo by Jennifer Seastone

Julia Jarcho is a playwright and director from New York City with the company Minor Theater. She has won an OBIE for Best New American Play (Grimly Handsome), a Doris Duke Impact Award, and a Mark O’Donnell Award, and has been a MacDowell Fellow and an LCT New Writer in Residence at Lincoln Center. Her book Minor Theater: Three Plays is available from 53rd State Press and her first critical book, Writing and the Modern Stage: Theater Beyond Drama, is published by Cambridge University Press. She teaches at NYU.

 

Kate Benson is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her plays include [Porto] (Bushwick Starr and WP Theater), A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes(New Georges and WP Theater), Super Magic Wild Forest, Where Are We Going? and Desert (For Now). Performances include Fondly, Collette Richland (NYTW), Good Person of Szechuan(LaMama and the Public), Nomads (Incubator), I Will Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr), and Variations on the Main (Jack). Writerly affiliations include the Working Farm at Space on Ryder Farm, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, and the New Goerges Jam. She has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Kristine Haruna Lee is a Brooklyn-based theater maker whose work navigates non-linear playwriting, auto-theoretical performance text, and promoting arts activism and emergent strategies for the theater through ethical and process-based collaborations. Her works include Suicide Forest (Bushwick Starr), plural (love) (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Memory Retrograde (The Public’s Under The Radar Festival), Sugar Shack (La MaMa Club) and War Lesbian (Dixon Place). Lee is a recipient of the Map Fund Grant, Lotos Foundation Prize for Directing, and the New Dramatist Van Lier Fellowship. Her play Suicide Forest is published by 53rd State Press. She teaches playwriting and performance at NYU. harunalee.com

Ásta Bennie Hostetter (member, minor theater) Costume designs for: The Terrifying (Abrons Arts Center), Nomads (Incubator Arts Project), Grimly Handsome (Incubator Arts Project). Recently in NYC: Mrs. Murrays Menagerie (Mad Ones), Usual Girls (Roundabout Underground), Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizon), Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Underground), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova). Miles for Mary (Playwrights Horizon), [Porto] (WP Theater), Wolves (Lincoln Center). Other production design includes Reread Another (Target Margin).

Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Her work includes two Bessie Award winning productions: Pent-Up: a revenge dance and Bronx Gothic. She was the 2015-17 Randjelovic/Stryker New York Live Arts’ Resident Commissioned Artist which culminated with the work, Poor People’s TV Room. Okpokwasili’s latest work was Adaku’s Revolt a shared commission with FIAF and Abron’s Art Center for the 2019 TILT Festival. She frequently collaborates with directors Peter Born and Ralph Lemon. Commissions, Residencies and awards: 10th Annual Berlin Biennale Commission, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award in Contemporary Dance, 2018 USA Artist Fellow, 2018 Herb Alpert Award in Dance, MANCC Choreographic Fellowship (2012, 2016); NYFA Fellowship in Choreography (2013); LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2013-2016); The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grant in Dance (2014), Wesleyan ICPP Artist in Residency. Her work has been supported by Creative Capital, the MAP Fund and NEFA. Okpokwasili is a 2018 Hodder Fellow in Dance at Princeton University and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

Jennifer Seastone has performed with Julia and minor theater on many projects. She has also performed for The Wooster Group, Daniel Fish, Lucy Thurber, Alec Duffy, Thomas Bradshaw, Julia MayJonas and many others. She is also a visual artist and has shown her work in New Zealand and in New York. www.JenniferSeastone.com

Ben Williams is an actor, sound designer, and director. He is a founding member of minor theater with Julia Jarcho. Other frequent collaborators include Elevator Repair Service, Christina Masciotti, Lily Whitsitt, Suzanne Bocanegra, Kate Benson, Sibyl Kempson, Julie Atlas Muz, The Wooster Group, and NYC Players. His original show Mind on Heaven continues to tour. Upcoming: Studio Créole at the Manchester International Festival. Awards for sound design: Obie, Lortel, LADCC. benwilliamsdotcom.com

 

Start: May 16, 2019
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May 20, 2019

New Theatre from Spain with Luz Arcas

Luz Arcas in La Phármaco’s Una gran emoción política 30 © Virginia Rota

Monday, May 20
Segal Theatre
4:00pm Readings / 6:30pm Panel + Performance

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

New Theatre from Spain presents the works of Spanish contemporary artists
who defy the boundaries between disciplines, including Angélica Liddell, Sara Molina, Marc Caellas, and companies La Tristura, La Phármaco, and Vértebro.  Curated by Mara Valderrama, Ana Sánchez Acevedo, Daniel Valtueña, and Alexandra Viteri Arturo.

Positioned at the avant-garde of contemporary stage practices, these artists combine elements from theatre, dance, performance art, and visual arts, blurring the limits of playwriting and performing, and challenging the status of the text as the center of the theatrical experience. The event will feature reading-installations of works curated and newly translated by doctoral students of the Theatre and Performance Department and the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures Department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The evening will conclude with a performance by dancer and choreographer Luz Arcas.

Luz Arcas is a dancer and choreographer. Since 2009, she is founder and
director of the dance company La Phármaco with Abraham Gragera. She has received the Critic’s Eye Prize for Dance, the Best Female Dancer Award at the Lorca Awards, and she was a finalist for Best Female Dancer at the Max
Awards. Her work explores ideas of ceremony, where all theatrical languages
combine into a discourse led by dance.

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October 3, 2019

PRELUDE 2019: Riotous Excursions

Design by Tate Rehklau

Thursday October 3. Friday October 4. Saturday October 5
Segal Theatre + Elebash Recital Hall
All Day

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE 2019 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, and presentations—all completely free and open to the public.

PRELUDE 2019 ARTISTS & SCHOLARS
Featuring Melis Aker, Jacinta Clusellas, & Tatiana Pandiani, Jaclyn Backhaus, Kate Benson & Jessica Almasy, Jabari Brisport, William Burke, Isaac Butler, Savitri D, nicHi douglas, Shonni Enelow, Bertie Ferdman, The Foundry Theatre, Sanaz Ghajar, Deepali Gupta, Tobi Haslett, Phillip Howze, M. Lamar, David Levine, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Michael + Patrick, NotAmuse, Tavia Nyong’o, Isaac Oliver, Cristina Pitter & Serena Miller, Chad Raines, Kevin Riordan, Catherine María Rodríguez, Target Margin Theater / Moe Yousuf, Kate Tarker, Mei Ann Teo, Theater Mitu, Alexander Paris, The Vanderburgs, Whitney White, Bailey Williams + Derek Smith + Alex Rodabaugh, Davalois Fearon, Ashley Tata (feat. Ted Hearne + Eliza Bagg), Hershini Young, and more.

PRELUDE 2019 STAFF
Curators:  David Bruin & Sanaz Ghajar in collaboration with Frank Hentschker
Producer: Sami Pyne
Assistant Producers: Sarah Cook & Jessica Dukatt
Special Events Producer: Ayana Parker Morrison
Technical Director: Mike LoCicero
Technicians: Nick Cocks, Emma Lea Hasselbach, Jack Scaletta, Jackie Spaventa
Front of House Manager: May Adra
Website Design: Moein Shashaei
Graphic Design: Tate Rehklau
Brochure Design: Mike LoCicero
Photographer: Marcus Middleton

PRELUDE Curators emeriti
Chloë Bass, Sarah Benson, Claire Bishop, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Caleb Hammons, Andy Horwitz, Andrew Kircher, Sarah Rose Leonard, Allison Lyman, Rob Marcato, Antje Oegel, Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, Tom Sellar, Geoffrey Jackson Scott, Helen Shaw, and Frank Hentschker.

PRELUDE 2019: Riotous Excursions is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community.

 

Start: Oct 3, 2019
End: Oct 5, 2019
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October 7, 2019

Kathakali — A Condensed Perspective (India)

Photo courtesy of Kaladharan Viswanath

Monday, October 7
Segal Theatre
6
:30pm Lecture + Performance

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

A classical dance-drama tradition dating back to 17th century, Kathakali of Kerala (India) is one of the most widely known art form in the East and the West alike. Is it a dance-form? A pantomime? A classical theater? A story- telling-tradition replete with super-human characters in myriad hues? In fact it is very difficult to give a comprehensive definition of Kathakali. It encompasses dancing, acting, vocal music, percussion music, intriguing make-up, glittering headgears, fantastic costumes and a riot of colors. Traditionally a nocturnal event held in the temples of Kerala, Kathakali remained for the most part a non-liturgical heritage. Kathakali was heading to extinction by the close of the 19th century for want of patronage. Featuring a Lecture Performance by Kaladharan Viswanath.

In 1930 celebrated poet and connoisseur of Kathakali, Vallathol Narayana Menon founded Kerala Kalamandalam to save it from total extinction. It was a period of cultural renaissance and Vallathol’s gesture of institutionalizing Kathakali and similar performing arts was the only alternative left to resuscitate them against the breakdown of the joint family system and feudalism. Since then, Kathakali began to grow from within and outside. Its aesthetics and narratological devices attracted dance-choreographers, theater-directors and musicians of the east and the west so profoundly that Kathakali became a regular event in the international cultural festivals held all over the world. Workshops and lecture-demonstrations of Kathakali are common in the theater, music and dance departments of all the major Universities and Art Academies in Asia, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

 

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October 28, 2019

Contemporary Circus

Louis Patrick Leroux-led research into contemporary circus dramaturgy and meaning-making. Public exercise directed by Michael Watts in 2018.

Monday, October 28
Segal Theatre
All Day Screenings, 4:00pm Readings + 6:30pm Panel

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Join us as we explore the “act”, the tricks, the prowess, and the impossible physical feats of astonishing new circus dramaturgy, collective devising, and cross-disciplinary experimentation. Celebrating the newly published Contemporary Circus (Katie Lavers, Louis Patrick Leroux, and Jon Burtt; Routledge 2019), the Segal dedicates a full day to the current state  and contemporary forms of circus. Artistically-driven, politically astute, inventive, rebellious, hybridized: contemporary circus is quickly redefining the codes of what “circus” means. The end of Ringling closed a chapter  on the 19th century form, liberating artists to ask: after animals, after the clown car, after the “Ta-Da!”—what remains?

All Day Screenings– Contemporary Circus Today: New Works
A video exhibition of current world trends in contemporary circus.
Curated by Louis Patrick Leroux (Concordia University) with editing by Ulfet Sevdi (Concordia University)
Professor Leroux will be on-site to exchange and discuss the materials presented in the videos.

2:00pm Research into the Poetics of Contemporary Circus Screening
Excerpts of the three-year research-creation exploration into circus dramaturgy and meaning-making led by Louis Patrick Leroux with Concordia researchers and students and teachers from the National Circus School of Montreal. Includes workshop presentations and the commissioned piece Hamlet on the Wireand original explorations by Howard Richard, Alisan Funk, Michael Watt, Claudel Doucet and Jesse Dryden.
Approx. 25 minutes

2:30pm The Contemporary Québec Circus Scene Screening
An overview of some of the work currently emerging from Québec.
Includes excerpts of recent shows by Québécois circus companies and ensembles like The 7 Fingers, Cirque Éloize, Cirque Alfonse, Machine de cirque, Flip FabriQue, Nadère Arts vivants, Nord Nordest, Claudel Doucet.
Approx. 25 minutes

3:00pm Contemporary Circus Practices Worldwide
Excerpted pieces by Gravity and Other Myths (Australia), Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), Hot Brown Honey (Australia), 7 Fingers (Canada), Compagnie DCA (France), Circus Oz (Australia), Compagnia Finzi Pasca (Switzerland/Canada), Gandini Juggling (England), NofitState (Wales), Johann Le Guillerm / Cirque Ici (France), Circa (Australia), Phia Ménard / Compagnie Non Nova (France), Circus Amok (USA), Ockham’s Razor (England), Compagnie Adrien M. & Claire B. (France), Streb Extreme Action (USA), and Briefs Factory (Australia).
Approx. 30- 45 minutes

4:00pm – American Contemporary Circus in NYC & Philadelphia Readings
Noted circus artists, presenters, and educators from two US circus communities discuss training, creation, and how to connect contemporary American circus with urban audiences. Curated & moderated by Ruth Wikler (TOHU/Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival) and featuring Angela Butch (The Muse), Juanita Cardenas (artist), Katy Dammers (Hand to Hand Festival, FringeArts, Philadelphia), Ben Grinberg (Circadium/Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Philadelphia), Nicki Miller (artist), Stephanie Monseu (Bindlestiff Family Cirkus), & Eric Schmalenberger (Blunderland/House of Yes).

6:30pm – Contemporary Circus: Contestation, Reaction, Possibility Panel
Yaron Lifschitz (Circa, Australia), Sean Gandini (Gandini Juggling, UK), Gypsy Snider ( The 7 Fingers, Quebec), Jennifer Miller (Circus Amok, NYC)—celebrated artistic directors, at the forefront of contemporary circus, convene with Contemporary Circus co-author Louis Patrick Leroux (Concordia University, Montréal) and circus curator Ruth Wikler (TOHU, Montréal), moderated by Frank Hentschker.

 

Catch Crica’s En Masse at the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, October 23-25.
Catch Gandini Juggling’s Spring at Montclair State University PEAK Performances, December 12-15.

 

Co-curated by Ruth Wikler (TOHU, Montréal) & Louis Patrick Leroux (Concordia University, Montréal) with Frank Hentschker (MESTC). Presented with support from the Québec Government Office in New York and with the generous contribution of the CRILCQ Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises.

 

 

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November 4, 2019

Virtual Reality, Cyborgs, and Neuroscience in Contemporary Performance

 

 

Dominique Leclerc, by Gianmarco Bresadola. Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz. F.I.N.D. 2019 Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik.

Monday, November 4
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Artist Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

 

Join us for an international evening with emerging female artists Dr. GoraParasit (Lithuania), Dominique Leclerc  (Canada), and female-identifying and gender non-binary artist LaJuné McMillian (USA). The artists explore contemporary technology like Virtual Reality, Physical Computing, Worldwide Cyborg and Transhumanist Movements.

 

Dr. GoraParasit (Lithuania) is a female theatre, performance, and film theatre director, lecturer, methodologist, set designer, and a member of WIF (Women in Film, USA). Her conceptual esthetical interests lie in the depths of the net, the act of browsing in itself is an infinite cognitive journey of collecting and identifying audio-visual experiences by which one learns about the world – through which they recreate a sense of self and collective identity. Her work is best illustrated by the performances/films such as Electric Dreams (Israel), Psycho (Lithuania), La Psycho (Los Angeles), Self-fles (Rome), and many others where cognitive, digital sciences & faking becomes a tool for creativity and continues performative acts.

 

 

Dominique Leclerc (Montréal) is an author, co-stage director and actress in Post Humains, first produced in 2017 in Montreal at Espace Libre where it was presented again in 2019, then toured across Quebec, at the Carrefour International de Théâtre de Québec and at Festival of International New Drama (FIND) at Schaubühne, in Berlin. Post Humains was a 2018 finalist of the Michel-Tremblay award which honors the best text transposed on stage. The play is published by L’instant même editors.

 

 

 

LaJuné McMillian (New York City) is a New Media Artist, and Creative Technologist creating art that integrates Performance, Virtual Reality, and Physical Computing to question our current forms of communication. LaJuné has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, Leaders in Software and Art, Creative Tech Week, and Art && Code’s Weird Reality.

 

 

Presented with support from the Québec Government Office in New York.
Special thanks to Emmanuelle Sirois, Jean-Pierre Dion.

 

 

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November 14, 2019

New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality?

 

One of the first couples in Taiwan tied the knot on May 24, 2019, on the first day of legalization. Photo by Esther Ho, United Daily News Group. 

New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality?
with Chao Chi-Yun, Lin Meng-Huan, and Liu Chien-Kuo

Thursday, November 14
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Readings + Panel

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

In May 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Join us for an evening with Taiwanese playwrights, Chao Chi-Yun  (趙啟運)Lin Meng-Huan (林孟寰), and  Liu Chien-Kuo (劉建幗), who have created short plays embracing the achievements and struggles of this  historic moment. This evening will feature three staged readings performed by  a stellar cast of New York-based actors and directed by  Michael Leibenluft of Gung Ho Projects.  The readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, curators, director, and translator  Jeremy Tiang  moderated by Linnea Valdivia, Literary Manager for the National Queer Theater.

Why Don’t We Get Married by Liu Chien-Kuo
Halfway through a rehearsal, Xiao Ai’s girlfriend (and fellow actress) proposes to her—but in the flurry of wedding planning, will they lose sight of what marriage means? Meanwhile, in the audience, a mother and daughter have a difficult conversation about love—all interspersed with Taiwanese opera.

Love in Time by Chao Chi-Yun
Now that gay marriage has come to Taiwan, two sisters come up with a plan to stage a wedding for their late father and his former boyfriend—but Uncle Zun is still very much alive, and may not go along with their scheme. A play about love and loss, and what happens when progress comes too late.

The Red Balloon by Lin Meng-Huan
2049. When Lang Yong and his late husband had a child thirty years ago, they used genetic manipulation to ensure the boy would be gay too. Now their son wants to undergo orientation reversal surgery so he can be “normal”—but what does that mean in a world where anything is possible by medical means?

Please also join us for a panel discussion on the contemporary experience of queer playwrights in Taiwan and US on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm at Taipei Cultural Center in New York (1 E 42nd St). Playwright Leigh Fondakowski and Sociology scholar Liao Yen-Chia will join the Taiwanese artists in this discussion moderated by Adam Odsess-Rubin, Artistic Director of National Queer Theater.

Photo by Chen-Feng Chuang

Chao Chi-Yun ​(Playwright) was born in 1985 in Kaohsiung, a maritime city and major shipping hub in southern Taiwan. With his long-term engagement with the infamous Tainaner Ensemble, Chao is known for his focus on immersive theatre and, more recently, musicals which have attracted positive critical acclaim. His signature style is to transform daily “nonsense” talk into something poetic, mixing in LGBTQ+ culture, traditional Taiwanese folklore, modern pop culture – and food!

 

 

Photo courtesy of National Taichung Theater, Taiwan

Lin Meng-Huan​ (Playwright) a.k.a Dazi currently serves as Artist-in-Residence of National Taichung Theater, Taiwan. With a Master’s degree from the Department of Drama and Theater at National Taiwan University, Lin’s works span across theatre, children’s play, and television. He has received awards including the Hong Kong Youth Literary Awards, Taipei Literature Award for Best Script, and the Script Award of Taipei Children’s Art Festival. Lin has given birth to more than 20 staged productions including ​A Dog’s House​, ​ARK 47​, and children’s play Jane’s Magic Dragon Egg​. TV series ​The Teenage Psychic​, which Lin was a member of the screenwriter group, was shortlisted for Best Script for Mini-Series/TV Movie at the Golden Bell Awards.

 

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Liu Chien-Kuo​ (Playwright) Born in a traditional opera family, Liu earned a Master’s degree in drama from the National Taiwan University of Arts. She is currently the director of the ChiChiao Musical Theatre. Her written and directed works encompass a diversity of artistic disciplines including drama, musicals, Taiwanese opera, Beijing opera and Bangzi opera. She strives to break through the boundaries of theater and culture to create unique productions. For two consecutive years, she had been invited to adapt the works of Bertolt Brecht for the Taipei Arts Festival. Her recent original productions have won the ardor of young audiences.

 

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Jeremy Tiang​ (Translator) has translated leading Taiwanese playwrights such as Wei Yu-Chia, Shen Wan-Ting, and Zhan Jie; his translation of Chen Si’an’s ​Ocean Hotpot​ was recently seen at the Edinburgh Festival. His own plays include ​A Dream of Red Pavilions​ (Pan Asian Rep), The Last Days of Limehouse​ (Yellow Earth London) and ​Salesman之死​ (Target Margin Theater, March 2020). He has also translated books by Jackie Chan, Lo Yi-Chin, Li Er, Yan Ge, Zhang Yueran, Chan Ho-Kei, and Yeng Pway Ngon, amongst others. His novel ​State of Emergency won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. www.JeremyTiang.com

 

Photo by Mehdya Fassi

Michael Leibenluft ​(Director)​ ​is an Obie Award-winning director based in New York City. Credits include ​I’ll Never Love Again ​by Clare Barron at the Bushwick Starr (NYT and Time Out Critics’ Picks), ​June is the First Fall ​by Yilong Liu with Yangtze Rep, ​The Whore from Ohio ​by Hanoch Levin at New Yiddish Rep, ​How I Learned to Drive​ by Paula Vogel at Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing, ​Lost Tribe​ by Alex Borinsky at Target Margin Theater Lab, ​The Subtle Body by Megan Campisi at 59E59 Theaters and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, and other projects developed at The Flea, NYTW, The Civilians, EST, and NYU/Tisch. Upcoming: Salesman​之死 ​by Jeremy Tiang at Target Margin Theater in March 2020.​. ​www.leibenluft.com

 

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Pao-Chang Tsai ​(Curator) graduated from the Department of Drama and Theatre at the National Taiwan University and received his Master’s in music theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He was the Co-Artistic Director at Tainaner Ensemble from 2009 to 2018. ​The Common Wealth Magazine​ has selected Pao-Chang Tsai as the Future Young Leader in Performing arts. He also went to America Repertory Theater at Harvard University for further study in Voice and Speech sponsored by Asian Cultural Council, and visited Moscow Art Theatre for three months.

 

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Linnea Valdivia ​(Moderator) (she/her/hers) is a professional freelance dramaturg, producer, and playwright. She has artistic credits at theaters including the Lark, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Curious Theatre, Art House Productions, Playwrights Realm, and New Dramatists. She is a 2019 National Critics Institute Fellow (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center) and alumnus of the 2019 POP Core Workshop at Playwrights Horizons. Linnea is most interested in supporting and creating spaces for new work that re-imagine popular cultural narratives and explore histories that have undergone relentless historical erasure. She is the literary manager for the National Queer Theater in New York City. BA: Whitman College

 

Co-curated by  Yu Chien LiuPao-Chang Tsai, and  Chi-Ping Yen  in partnership with  Gung Ho Projects  and  National Queer Theater, with support from the  Ministry of Culture, ROC (Taiwan)  and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York , in collaboration with Frank Hentschker (Segal Center). All plays are translated by Jeremy Tiang and directed by Michael Leibenluft/Gung Ho Projects, a New York-based multilingual theater company that uses performance to create opportunities for self-expression, empowerment, and exchange across linguistic and cultural divides. Presented in partnership with National Queer Theater, whose mission is to foster and support LGBTQ communities through social justice in the performing arts. Media Partnership with Lambda Literary that nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: Nov 14, 2019
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November 18, 2019

Africana Dance Dramaturgies: How Do We Represent?

Monday, November 18
Segal Theatre
4:00pm Screenings+ 6:30pm Artist Talk + 7:30 Roundtable

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Since the early 2000’s contemporary Africana choreographers and companies have been transforming and up-ending expectations of audiences and critics. They challenge categorizations and explode assumptions about the modern, the contemporary, and the traditional. Offering reimaginations of conventional approaches to Africana performance practices.

Join us for screenings at 4 pm and an artist-talk later at 6:30 pm. The artist talk is with choreographer Olivier Tarpaga of the Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, followed by a roundtable discussion with artists and scholars, including André M. Zachery, Rosamond S. King, Ph. D., Charmian Wells, Abdel R. Salaam, and Funmi Adewole. Curated, moderated, and hosted by Margit Edwards, Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance & the 2018/19 Senior Assistant Director of Programs at the Segal Center.

 

Film Screenings:

Movement ( r ) evolution Africa (2007) by Joan Frosch (65 mins)
In an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation, nine African choreographers tell stories of an emergent art form and their diverse and deeply contemporary expressions of self. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa.

AFRO PROMO #1 King Lady by Nora Chipaumire (11 mins)
Afro Promo #1 Kinglady commissioned by Montclair State University.
Afro Promo #1 Kinglady is an Afro-Feminist manifesto beautifying bodies to claim the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Using a low-tech — do-it-yourself aesthetics, this short film demonstrates how presence, fashion and pop culture can be a vehicle for self-invention and self- determination.
Produced by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University, The Office of Arts and Cultural Programming (ACP), Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director.
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Directed and Choreographed by Nora Chipaumire
Director of Photography: Benjamin Seth Wolf
Editor: Alla Kovgan
Art Director: Peter Born
Duration: 11 minutes.
The film was premiered on April 14, 2016 at Peak Performances, Montclair State University.

Untamed Space by André M. Zachary and Renegade Performance Group (12 mins)
In Untamed Space, Renegade Performance Group artistic director and choreographer André M. Zachery calls upon his familial lineage in the Southern United States and Haiti and his upbringing on the southside of Chicago to construct an interdisciplinary performance about “marooning” in the 21st Century. Historically, maroon colonies were liberated communities of Africans who escaped to hills, mountains, and forests upon their arrival to the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries. Untamed Space considers the spiritual dimensions of maroon colonies and, in Zachery’s own words, “how the creation of those impassible spaces has influenced contemporary identities of African-blooded people in the Americas.” As a dance film the work captures the movement of Black bodies in meditative, conversational, mundane, stoic and joyous conversations. Many of the tableaus are inspired by visual artists John Biggers and Kerry James Marshall and the sound score features original creations by Afrofuturism artists Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and the iconic King Britt.

Tiney Winey and #SAYHERNAME by Rosamond S. King (12 mins)
“Tiny Winey” is a work of movement-based performance art presented as a work-in-progress at Call and Response: Black Women & Performance. This piece confronts stereotypes about Caribbean women’s bodies and dancing, performed to the classic soca song of the same name. The headpiece for Tiny Winey was created by Kenyatta AC Hinkle as part of her Kentifrica project. An essay about this piece is forthcoming in the journal Obsidian.
“#SAYHERNAME” is part of DISOBEDIENCE, which will eventually be a series of short movement pieces commenting on Black life in the USA today. The scrolling list is made up of the names of over 100 Black women and girls who have been killed by the police. (The list is from the African American Policy Forum – aapf.org or google #SAYHERNAME.) Some of the movements are taken from Palo, a dance involving communication with the spirits of dead ancestors. Video credit: Quentin Burley, Movement Research at the Judson Church

THE HEALING SEVENS (excerpts from the Premiere presented at BAM Dance Africa 2017)    10-15 mins
Conceived and directed by Abdel R. Salaam Choreography Yao Ababio (Sounds in Motion), Brandon “Peace” Albright (hip-hop/b-boy), Jae Ponder (femme hip-hop), Abdel R. Salaam (neo-African/fusion).
The Healing Sevens was originally presented as Sevens by Forces of Nature Dance Theatre at the Apollo Theater in 2014. This new work combines the dance and musical talents of Illstyle & Peace Productions, Asase Yaa, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and the Spirit Walkers for the first time into a megacompany of 50 artists in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of DanceAfrica. The work specifically addresses the potential power of rhythm, dance, and music of the African Diaspora to help heal the illness of gun violence within some of the inner cities of our nation. The collaboration features the choreography of Brandon “Peace” Albright, Abdel R. Salaam, and Yao Ababio. Of special note is the deconstruction and reinvention in various sections of some traditional rhythms and dance forms from Guinea into non-traditional meters and explorations of the number seven and its mythical significance. This work is dedicated to all those lives which were lost through gun violence and to the neverending work of those who attempt to heal through arts and culture.

 

Artist Bios

Olivier Tarpaga is an award-winning musician, dancer and choreographer, Olivier Tarpaga is the artistic director of Nomad Express International MultiArts Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Tarpaga is the founder and artistic director of the internationally-acclaimed Dafra Drum and Dafra Kura Band and co-founder of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project. He danced with David Rousseve/Reality from 2006 – 2009. In 2008, Tarpaga was commissioned by Zig Zag Ballet to choreograph Visage at the Rich Forum Stanford Center for the Arts in Connecticut. He is a recipient of numerous grants including the National Dance Project touring support, Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts, Chime Mentorship Fellowship with David Rousseve as his mentor, the Durfee Foundation ARC, the Ohio Arts Council and the Flourish Foundation. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Dance of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a lecturer at the Department of Dance of Princeton University. Tarpaga has performed and taught dance in more than 50 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.http://www.btdanceproject.org

Funmi Adewole has a background in media, education, arts development and performance. She started out as a media practitioner in Nigeria and moved into performance on relocating to England in 1994. For several years she toured with Physical/Visual theatre and African dance drama companies. Her credits include performances with Ritual Arts, Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Company, Artistes-in-Exile, Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble, Mushango African dance and Music Company and the Chomondeleys contemporary dance company. She was chair of Association of Dance of the African Diaspora in Britain (ADAD) from 2005 to 2007. In this role she initiated and directed the ADAD Heritage project, which contributed to the documentation of black-led dance companies and choreographers in England between the 1930s and 1990s. She continues to perform as a storyteller. As a dramaturge she works mainly with makers who are interdisciplinary or cross-sectorial in focus. She completed a PhD in Dance Studies at De Montfort University Leicester in 2017. Her thesis is entitled ‘British dance and the African Diaspora: The Discourses of Theatrical dance and the art of choreography – 1985 to 2005’. She is now a VC2020 lecturer in the Dance Department at the same university. Her focus is teaching and research. She is interested in PhD students with similar interests to her own.

Rosamond S. King is a critical and creative writer whose scholarly work focuses on sexuality, performance, and literature in the Caribbean and Africa. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the Caribbean Studies Association best book award, and her research has been supported by the Fulbright and Ford, Mellon, and Woodrow Wilson Foundations. Her poetry includes the Lambda Award-winning Rock|Salt|Stone, and she has performed around the world. King is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. She is also Co-Chair of the Caribbean International Resource Network, President of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, Creative Editor of sx salon. https://rosamondking.com/home

Abdel R. Salaam is a choreographer, director, producer, mentor, and educator. He has been active in the arts since 1955. In 1981 Abdel Salaam, Olabamidele Husbands, and principle dancer, Dyane Harvey founded Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company, a New York City based Dance Company. It is a fusion of traditional African dance, ritual dance using ballet, modern dance and hip-hop. He is also the artistic director of DanceAfrica. DanceAfrica, founded by Baba Chuck Davis in 1977, has become one of the largest African American dance, music, and art festival in the United States of America.  Mr. Salaam has a vast resume from the 1980’s to today. He has been a force in African diaspora dance nationally and internationally, with residencies and fellowships throughout the US and on the continent of Africa. He has numerous dance film projects with WNET, in addition to many other projects related to African dance in and of the diaspora. He also helped establish another New York City tradition with his work with the Paul Winter Consort Winter Solstice Celebrations at St. John the Divine.  http://forcesofnature.org

Charmian Wells received her PhD in dance studies from Temple University (2018), as a Presidential Fellow and a recipient of the Dissertation Completion Grant and the Edrie Ferdun Scholarly Achievement Award.   Her work examines articulations of queerness and diaspora in Black Arts Movement concert dance in New York City (1965-1975).  This research stems from her performance career as dancer with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre since 2006.    She is on faculty at Sarah Lawrence and Lehman Colleges. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence and The Brooklyn Rail. She holds a BFA in Dance and MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

André M. Zachery is a Chicago bred and now Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, scholar and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group his practice, research and community engagement artistically focuses on merging of choreography, technology and Black cultural practices through multimedia work. André is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellow in Choreography and 2019 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Choreography.http://www.renegadepg.com/

Produced by Margit Edwards in collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Additional support provided by Martin Ruck, Interim Director, and Zee Dempster, Assistant Director for the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC).

Start: Nov 18, 2019
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December 2, 2019

Caribbean Theatre Project Day 1

 

Luc Saint-Eloy, photo courtesy of the artist.
Magali Solignat, photo by Fanny Vambacas.
Charlotte Boimare, photo by Céline Nieszawer.
Jean-René Lemoine, photo by Marco Samson.

Caribbean Theatre Project
ACT (Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales)

Monday, December 2
Segal Theatre
2:00pm Discussion + 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Readings 

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is initiated and coordinated by Stéphanie Bérard, specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker from the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY-The Graduate Center, Nicole Birmann Bloom from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, with Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe, and with the participation of the choreographer-cultural producer Candace Thompson-Zachery as external artistic advisor.

2:00pm Roundtable: Women and/in Caribbean Theatre
With Romola Lucas, Amina Henry, Magali Solignat, and Charlotte Bomaire
Moderated by Candace Thompson-Zachery

4:00pm Street Sad / Trottoir Chagrin
Written by Luc Saint-Eloy (Guadeloupe)
Translated by Josh Cohen
Directed by Paul Price
Q&A moderated by Steve Puig
A prostitute is walking the streets of Paris. She does not care about anything nor anyone. One evening, she returns to the place where her brother Jeannot was murdered just a year before. There she meets a mysterious man with whom she starts a conversation and enters into a dangerous flirtation.

6:00pm The Day My Father Killed Me / Le jour où mon père m’a tué 
Written by Magali Solignat & Charlotte Boimare (Guadeloupe)
Translated by Amelia Parenteau
Directed by Florent Masse
Q&A moderated by Amélie Parenteau
Based on a true story of a singer who murdered his son in Guadeloupe. Devised as a documentary theatre work, the play offers a diverse narrative account of the crime and the violence in contemporary Caribbean society.

8:00pm Adoration / L’Adoration
Written by Jean-René Lemoine (Haiti/France)
Translated by Amanda Gann
Directed by Sylvaine Guyot
Q&A moderated by Amin Erfani
In a nightclub on a terrace overlooking the sea, a woman, Chine, and a man, Rodez, reflect on their relationship. Memories of desire, obsession, love, and hate mix with the sounds of the waves they hear from far away. Slowly, Chine unveils the inner workings of a dangerous passion in which she lost herself.

 


Plays have been selected by a distinguished advisory board:
Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (The Graduate Center, CUNY),
Nicole Birmann Bloom (Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York),
Stéphanie Bérard (specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles)
Maria Brewer (University of Minnesota),
Heather Denyer (Graduate Center, CUNY),
Amin Erfani (Lehman College, CUNY),
Christian Flaugh (Buffalo University),
Amaya Lainez Le Déan (translator and director, Buenos Aires).
External Artistic Director: Candace Thompson-Zachery

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is initiated and coordinated by Stéphanie Bérard, specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles, in close collaboration with Frank Hentschker from the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY-The Graduate Center, Nicole Birmann Bloom from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and with Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe.

Stéphanie Bérard (Ph.D. University of Minnesota/Université de Provence) is a specialist of Francophone Caribbean and African theater and has taught in the US, Canada, and France. Her research sits at the crossroads of Postcolonial and Theater Studies, exploring the history of oral tradition, rituals, Caribbean drama, Creole and French, and drum music and dance. She is the author of Théâtres des Antilles: traditions et scènes contemporaines (2009) and Le Théâtre-Monde de José Pliya (2015) and she co-edited Emergences Caraïbes: une création théâtrale archipélique in Africultures (2010). She was awarded an NEH Fellowship for her project on Haitian drama, and a Marie Curie European Fellowship for FACT (Francophone African and Caribbean Theaters).

Founded in 2002 and directed by Gilbert Laumord and Elvia Gutiérrez in Guadeloupe, SIYAJ is a government subsidized theater company supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Regional Council. SIYAJ asserts a Caribbean identity anchored in popular traditions inherited from Africa (drum rituals, oral tradition, Creole) and favors interdisciplinary aesthetic forms (music, dance, drama). Promoting intercultural collaborations (Cuba, Haiti, and South Korea), Siyaj has produced 10 plays performed in the Caribbean, metropolitan France, Asia, and the US.

 

 

 

 

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.

The translations of Adoration by Jean-René Lemoine and And the Whole World Quakes (The Great Collapse) by Guy Régis Junior are supported by the CONTXTO network.

Start: Dec 2, 2019
End: Dec 2, 2019
Venue: Segal Theater
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December 3, 2019

Caribbean Theatre Project Day 2

Gaël Octavia, photo by Francesca Mantovani / Gallimard.
Guy Régis Junior, photo by Valerie Baeriswyl.
Daniely Francisque photo by Valérie Schaepelynck.

Caribbean Theatre Project
ACT (Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales)

Tuesday, December 3
Segal Theatre
2:00pm Discussion + 4:00pm, 6:00pm+ 8:00pm Readings 

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is initiated and coordinated by Stéphanie Bérard, specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker from the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY-The Graduate Center, Nicole Birmann Bloom from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, with Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe, and with the participation of the choreographer-cultural producer Candace Thompson-Zachery as external artistic advisor.

2:00pm Roundtable: Caribbean Theatre on the International Stage
With Luc Saint-Eloy, Daniely Francisque, and Oceana James
Moderated by Stéphanie Bérard

4:00pm Family / Une vie familiale
Written by Gaël Octavia  (Martinique)
Translated by Katharine Woff
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Q&A moderated by Nandi Jacob
A father hides his homosexuality from his family and tries to escape a stifling and suffocating family. The alcoholic stay-at-home mother is jealous of the relationships her husband has with her children. In this average dysfunctional family, everyone struggles playing the social games they are expected to play. The lies, secrets, and silences ultimately blow up the constraining social conventions they lived with before.

6:00pm And the Whole World Quakes: The Great Collapse / De toute la terre le grand effarement
Written by Guy Régis Junior (Haiti)
Translated by Judith Miller
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Q&A moderated by Christian Flaugh
Two women, survivors of a catastrophe, stand on a hill overlooking a destroyed city. The Youngest and the Oldest look upon the desolated landscape and hear the lamentations, prayers, and songs of the survivors.

8:00pm She-Devil / Ladjables
Written by Daniely Francisque (Martinique)
Translated by Danielle Carlotti-Smith
Directed by Oceana James
Q&A moderated by Andrew Clarke
During a night of the Carnival Martinique, a female masked dancer meets an arrogant man who tries to seduce her. Drunken by desire, the heartless man does not realize that the predator is slowly becoming the prey of the bewitching dancer.


Plays have been selected by a distinguished advisory board:
Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (The Graduate Center, CUNY),
Nicole Birmann Bloom (Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York),
Stéphanie Bérard (specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles)
Maria Brewer (University of Minnesota),
Heather Denyer (Graduate Center, CUNY),
Amin Erfani (Lehman College, CUNY),
Christian Flaugh (Buffalo University),
Amaya Lainez Le Déan (translator and director, Buenos Aires).
External Artistic Director: Candace Thompson-Zachery

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is initiated and coordinated by Stéphanie Bérard, specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles, in close collaboration with Frank Hentschker from the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY-The Graduate Center, Nicole Birmann Bloom from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and with Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe.

Stéphanie Bérard (Ph.D. University of Minnesota/Université de Provence) is a specialist of Francophone Caribbean and African theater and has taught in the US, Canada, and France. Her research sits at the crossroads of Postcolonial and Theater Studies, exploring the history of oral tradition, rituals, Caribbean drama, Creole and French, and drum music and dance. She is the author of Théâtres des Antilles: traditions et scènes contemporaines (2009) and Le Théâtre-Monde de José Pliya (2015) and she co-edited Emergences Caraïbes: une création théâtrale archipélique in Africultures (2010). She was awarded an NEH Fellowship for her project on Haitian drama, and a Marie Curie European Fellowship for FACT (Francophone African and Caribbean Theaters).

Founded in 2002 and directed by Gilbert Laumord and Elvia Gutiérrez in Guadeloupe, SIYAJ is a government subsidized theater company supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Regional Council. SIYAJ asserts a Caribbean identity anchored in popular traditions inherited from Africa (drum rituals, oral tradition, Creole) and favors interdisciplinary aesthetic forms (music, dance, drama). Promoting intercultural collaborations (Cuba, Haiti, and South Korea), Siyaj has produced 10 plays performed in the Caribbean, metropolitan France, Asia, and the US.

 

 

 

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.
The translations of Adoration by Jean-René Lemoine and And the Whole World Quakes (The Great Collapse) by Guy Régis Junior are supported by the CONTXTO network.

Start: Dec 3, 2019
End: Dec 3, 2019
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 9, 2019

An Evening with Romina Paula (Argentina)

 

Romina Paula’s Fauna. Photo by Sebastián Arpesella.

Monday, December 9
Segal Theatre
6:30
pm Readings + Artist Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Romina Paula is one of Argentina’s most celebrated emerging playwrights, winning critical acclaim both at home and abroad, but to date none of her plays have been translated into English. In her work, she breaks down barriers that have traditionally separated artistic genres, not least theatre and film, and investigates the synergies between documentary and fiction, gender and biography, and love and art.

Paula’s Fauna is a play about the making of a film that will never take place, a film that brings together a daughter, a son, an actor, and a director. Together they will attempt to tell the story of Fauna, a wild but well-read otherworldly being, who over the course of her lifetime transitions to become Fauno. Highly intertextual, reflexive, and subtly ironic, the play explores how to tell the story of one’s life, how to capture what is true and real, and how to decipher where reality ends and fiction begins.

The evening will feature readings from Paula’s translated plays Fauna and The Whole of Time, included in the volume Fauna and Other Plays by Romina Paula, forthcoming with the series In Performance, Seagull Press (2021). Presenters include Jean Graham-Jones, April Sweeney, and Brenda Werth.

Start: Dec 9, 2019
End: Dec 9, 2019
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 16, 2019

Qingqing Yang’s Four Dreams (China)

Monday, December 16
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Performance Painting

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Qingqing Yang’s research focuses on creation through dreams. Her work uses the practice of subconscious painting to evoke a dream-like state in which she is uninhibited to explore the relationship between life, death and love. Her creation takes inspiration from the Four Dreams in Linchuan by the Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, consisting of four plays about love and society: Peony Pavilion, Purple Hairpin, Handan and Nanke. All four “dreams” are known to be among the most outstanding works of Chinese literature. After an artist talk on Four Dreams in Linchuan, Yang will transition to a performance combining projected visuals, music and her gestural acts of painting. Yang will create an illusionary atmosphere in the Segal Theatre that allows the audience to feel the experience of entering a poetic dream. Qingqing Yang’s interpretation of the subject is a dreamlike painting performance, setting the stage for a trans-medial conversation between poetry and her calligraphic painting style in the theatrical world of reverie.

About the playwright: Tang Xianzu (1550—1616) was a playwright of the Ming Dyansty who followed the concept of “turning love into dreams and turning dreams into theatre”. His drama is an exploration of contemporaneous lifestyle, following the stories of different characters, each representing diverse social situations and reflecting the profound philosophy thinking of the time. Many of Tang’s ideas were ahead of their time and relevant to today’s issues, exemplifing care for the world, questioning political power and wealth, as well as awareness for issues facing women. Through the eyeglass of ghosts, chivalrous heros, immortals and Buddha in a dream world, we can reflect on the vanity of prosperity and wealth, the ignorance in the world, and express love and desire beyond the confusion of life and death.

Start: Dec 16, 2019
End: Dec 16, 2019
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 18, 2019

Italian Playwrights Project

Elisa Casseri, photo by Alice Cotesta.
Graziano Graziani, photo by Ilaria Scarpa

Italian Playwrights Project
Reading of Event Horizon by Elisa Casseri

Wednesday, December 18
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Readings + Artist Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Join us for an evening celebrating the publication of the second edition of the Segal Center’s IPP Italian Playwrights Project with a reading of Event Horizon by Elisa Casseri, translated by Adriana Rossetto. The Segal Center collaborated again with Valeria Orani and Umanism NY (www. unmanism.com) to publish a volume with some of the innovative and engaging playwrights from Italy. The anthology includes Elisa Casseri’s Event Horizon (translated by Adriana Rossetto), Armando Pirozzi’s A
Notebook for Winter (translated by Adriana Rossetto), Giuliana Musso’s My Hero (translated by Patricia Gaborik), and Fabrizio Sinisi’s The Great Walk (translated by Thomas Simpson)

The reading will be followed by follow by a conversation with playwright Elisa Casseri and Italian theatre critic Graziano Graziani, jury member of Premio Riccione Per il Teatro.

The Italian Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing from Italy to the US.

Other participants of IPP include Lucia Calamaro, Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini, Stefano Massini, Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari, Giuliana Musso, Fausto Paravidino, Armando Pirozzi and Michele Santeramo.

 

Start: Dec 18, 2019
End: Dec 18, 2019
Venue: Segal Theatre
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