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In Performance: Nicole Beutler – 1: Songs

Nicole Beutler
1: Songs

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Nicole Beutler’s work exists on a plane where dance, performance and visual art meet. For her latest performance she is even adding another genre; 1: Songs takes the shape of a pop concert. In an exceptionally powerful performance by Sanja Mitrovic, we examine a series of different dramatic characters. Mitrovic moves from urgent whispering, engaging singing and furious screaming to provocative dancing. Like a true rock diva she performs her songs, letting it rip as she opens an impressive range of emotions. Each song is inspired by a tragic female figure from theatre history. Mitrovic is therefore not only performing a series of songs, but also the sufferings and cries from the heart of Gretchen, Antigone, Medea, and other (anti-) heroines. In 1: Songs Beutler links the theatre’s past with present day reality.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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