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Highlights: Festival d’Automne a Paris

Heiner Goebbels I Went To The House But Did Not Enter [singlepic id=128 w= h= float=]Three tableaux based on four texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett challenge the very principles of narration. Heiner Goebbels has set them to music and in space, offering them scope. “Narrative?  No.  No narrative. Never again.” [Maurice Blanchot] Tailor-made for the Hilliard Ensemble, for both their voices and figures, this is their first venture into musical theater. Michael Marmarinos Je meurs comme un pays of Dimitris Dimitriadis [singlepic id=130 w= h= float=]Ancient tragedies and modern Greece –that of the Colonels’ regime – combine in this play to conjure a mythical country, haunted by a mysterious curse. Dimitriadis’ fragmented text has been fascinating direct...

Highlights: CPR- Center for Performance Research Fall 2009 (NYC)

DANCE / MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE / INTERNET Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #2 – www.google.com Ursula Endlicher Saturday, October 3 -8pm -$10 With google.com Ursula Endlicher closes her ten-part circle of “Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited”. This live performance series, which utilizes Web Code as choreography, will include dancers, performers, the audience, and the artist – right on stage. The source code of google.com – its HTML tags – are interpreted live on stage into new dance movements, which are immediately translated into text-based descriptions and then stored online into the html-movement-library. This information is reused on stage as new instruction material. As the data performance progresses, more html-movements are ...

Highlights: Barbican BITE2009

[singlepic id=112 w= h= float=] Gospels of Childhood The Triptych Teatr ZAR This spiritual and sensual experience is a three-part ritualistic lamentation on birth, death, pleasure and pain, told through song, chanting and movement. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- [singlepic id=111 w= h= float=] The TEAM and National Theatre of Scotland Architecting Creating a requiem for modern America, this exhilarating saga weaves through the country’s past and future, providing an insightful analysis of...

In Performance: NORDWIND FESTIVAL at the Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany)

NORDWIND FESTIVAL at the Hebbel Am Ufer FROM 30 SEPTEMBER UNTIL 7 OCTOBER 2009 The re-discovery of pathos and emotion is at the focus of the Nordwind Festival 2009. “I have nothing, absolutely nothing in common with the middle-European mentality… Theatre has to be a wolf and not a sheep. It is not an economic transaction.” (Kristian Smeds) [singlepic id=116 w= h= float=] KRISTIAN SMEDS is Finland’s internationally most renowned contemporary director and author. The HAU will present no less than five of his works as director: “Sad Songs from the heart of Europe”, “The Wanderer”, as well as the first German showing of his film adaptations of “The Cherry Orchard”, “The Unknown Soldier” and “Mental Finland” (02 and 03/10), inviting you to join “Smedsnights”. Experience Smeds’ universe between ...

Highlights: PS 122 Fall 2009

PS 122 Fall 2009 Highlights Kurt Henschläger ZEE Oct 28 – Nov 15 (2 shows per hour) Wed – Fri 5 – 10:00pm Sat 2 – 10:00pm Sun 12:00pm – 6:00pm at 3LD Art & Technology Center [singlepic id=97 w= h= float=] ZEE proposes a state of “tabula rasa” (latin for blank slate), where one’s perceptual framework is first reset and then recalibrated. The audience enters a space filled with extremely dense fog, so that the confines, walls and ceiling of the space, always remain fully obscured. Stroboscopic- and pulse light filters through the fog, in a softened and evenly dispersed manner, creating kinetic structures in constant flux.The core visual impression of ZEE is of a psychedelic architecture of pure light. It is an abstract luminescent landscape...

Digest: News for the week of August 24-30, 2009

Below is the weekly digest for the week of August 24-30, 2009. Featured: Gisèle Vienne (Paris, France) August 29th, 2009 [imagebrowser id=5] Highlights: de Internationale Keuze 2009 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) August 28th, 2009 [imagebrowser id=31] Highlights: Abrons Arts Center Fall 2009 August 27th, 2009[imagebrowser id=32] Highlights: Time-Based Art Festival at PICA (Portland, Oregon) August 26th, 2009[imagebrowser id=19] Highlights: Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland) August 25th, 2009[imagebrowser id=27] In Performance: deufert + plischke (Sophiensaele, Berlin) August 24th, 2009[imagebrowser id=25]

Highlights: de Internationale Keuze 2009 (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

This three-week international festival provides visitors with a chance to see a number of special international performances. Some of the productions chosen stand out for their failure to comply with the rules and widely-held opinions of the conventional world of theater. (from the Holland Visitors Site) [nggallery id=31] From  the Artistic Director’s Statement for 2009 In theatre diffidence and indifference dissolve and we eagerly look and listen to those unknown people on the stage – with whom you can feel a peculiar intense connection after the performance. During the International Theatre Festival Rotterdam, this might just as easily happen with Congolese musicians, elderly Americans, Italian and Hungarian free radicals, Afro-Americans, a bodybuilder and striptease dancer, French...

Highlights: Abrons Arts Center Fall 2009

FISICOFOLLIA A Performa 09 Presentation November 5 | 8 pm Taking its title from the 1913 Futurist manifesto Del Teatro di Varietà (The Theater of Variety), Fisicofollia re-imagines the theatrical atmosphere of the notoriously wild “Futurist evenings” from the viewpoint of cutting-edge contemporary Italian artists. The History of the Future II November 6 & 7 | 8 pm Franklin Furnace, the indispensable presenter, preserver, and proselytizer of the avant-garde, goes back to the future with The History of the Future II, two evenings of archival videos of groundbreaking work interspersed with contemporary and reconstructed performance. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Ari Benjamin Meyers: K.62 A Performa 09 Commission November 18 & 19 Inspired by Orson Welles’ unforgettable film version...

Highlights: Time-Based Art Festival at PICA (Portland, Oregon)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon. Now in its seventh year, the Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival is presented from September 3-13, 2009 with visual art installations running until October 18. HIGHLIGHTS [singlepic id=87 w= h= float=] Raimund Hoghe Boléro Variations (USA Premiere) Variations pieces together different performances of the bolero: from Eydie Gormé to Maria Callas, Benny Goodman to Tchaikovsky. [singlepic id=86 w= h= float=] Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods & Philipp Gehmacher/Mumbling Fish MAYBE FOREVER MAYBE FOREVER explores loss, longing, the place in between dreams and wishes, mourning and meeting. [singlepic id=90 w= h= float=] Miguel Gutierrez and the Powe...

Highlights: Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland)

Highlights from the  Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland) August 13 – 30, 2009 Lola Arias Mi vida después [singlepic id=108 w= h= float=] What was my country like when I was born? What was my parents’ generation like? And what about my own generation? Such questions assume a different importance when addressed by author and playwright Lola Arias and the protagonists of «Mi vida después» (My life after). Lola Arias was born in Buenos Aires in 1976, the year the military rose to power in Argentina. Her actors are all about the same age. On the basis of childhood memories, family pictures, letters and old clothes, the sons and daughters of guerrilleros, news readers, members of the secret police, priests and exiled intellectuals examine the past in order to learn something ab...

In Performance: deufert + plischke (Sophiensaele, Berlin)

Anarchiv #1: I am not a zombie a performance by and with deufert + plischke, Jeroen Peeters and Marcus Steinweg 27 and 28 August, 9.30 PM at Sophiensaele, Berlin [singlepic id=103 w= h= float=] At night in a graveyard the zombie appears as a living dead, wounded and ravaged by life. Archives contain documents from a past that the living want to preserve. A collection that seeks to maintain what once was, though its form changes over time. Anarchiv #1: I am not a zombie, by and with Kattrin Deufert, Jeroen Peeters, Thomas Plischke and Marcus Steinweg, doesn’t aim to bottle up the past, nor to awaken the dead. Instead, the genealogies of living materials, traces and memories that make up their respective oeuvres are being explored, reformulated and given a future. Anarchiv #1: I’m not a zomb...

Fatebook at The 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

FATEBOOK: Avoiding Catastrophe One Party at a Time Produced and Created by New Paradise Laboratories A performance theatre work presented by the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The performance is live, both in online and in real-space. The audience attends in both places. Follow thirteen 20-somethings through the trials and tribulations of modern life—with a difference. First, the characters live in cyberspace. Their lives intersect with each other and with audience members through a variety of social media networks. Then in September, in a real space performance, it all careens toward a momentous night—the FATEBOOK party—where time stops, computers crash, and it’s now or never. And the ghost and the body part ways. And all bets are off. And nobody can say what’s real. An...