LaMaMa Umbria 2017: International Symposium for Directors (July 17, 2017 – August 16, 2017)
Deadline: May 15, 2017
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The International Symposium for Directors is training program for professional directors, choreographers, actors and others. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations. During the Symposium, participants will travel to Umbrian towns such as Orvieto, Perugia or Assisi to get a taste of Umbrian art and culture. Performances at local arts festivals and community fairs are also included. In addition, participating directors may conduct their own workshops to share insights and techniques with their colleagues.
Participants will be exposed to a variety of theatrical perspectives during the Symposium, from instructors who will expand their sense of what is possible in the theatre. Directors attending the Symposium see how prominent artists on the international scene create their unique productions. The workshops are participatory, and it is expected that all attendees will engage actively in the processes of the various teaching artists.
SYMPOSIUM SESSION ONE (July 17 – July 31, 2017)
TAMAR ROGOFF is a choreographer and filmmaker who explores the outer limits of how people negotiate extreme circumstances. She combines unlikely company members, always on the lookout for ways to tell difficult stories and explore disparate bodies. The Ivye Project (1994) took place in a forest in Belarus, surrounding the mass graves of Rogoff’s relatives. This became the subject of Summer In Ivye, a documentary made by Rogoff and Daisy Wright, screened at the Hamptons Film Festival. Demeter’s Daughter, a large scale site-work on the streets of the Lower East Side, used a cast and crew of 100, community gardens, rooftops, and schoolyards. Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier was based on the year-long relationship between the company and a community of veterans with PTSD. Rogoff choreographed Christina Olson: American Model, a full-length solo at P.S. 122 for actor Claire Danes and Edith & Jenny (2007), an interdisciplinary work for Danes and Ariel Flavin.[/kleo_list_item]
CHIARA GUIDI, one of the founders of the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio with Romeo Castellucci, now simply the Societas, has been honing her ideas on children’s theatre and vocal experimentation for over twenty years, in order to raise questions as to the nature of theatre and see how, through childhood and the voice, it can become a sonorous experience of language and the word. Between childhood and the voice, there lies an intuition: theatre needs the revolutionary force of children, because through them it is possible to leap into the void opened up by imagination and play; this allows language to be put to the test, and thus adopt a way of listening to that which is not present, but is present. Language, upon a closer look, does not come across to children as a whole. Children act on it, conditioning it; and thus the voice, which, as a pure will to speak, is sound, and carries with itself the unveiling force of music. In this way, the voice leads the word to gain a glimpse, within that which is said, of the force of that which is not said. The practice of theatre in which Chiara Guidi is engaged, from a vocal perspective and with particular attention to children, turns to play in its search for the possibility of experiencing another vision of the world in which sound becomes palpable and forms are transformed, one passing into the next, just like when children look at a chair and see a horse. Just like play, art as well, as Chiara Guidi tells us, does not aspire towards knowledge, and yet generates it.[/kleo_list_item]
ANDREA ADRIATICO was born in L’Aquila in 1966. He has worked extensively in theater, imposing an unscrupulous style merger between genders, facing complex authors and topics with visual and narrative inspiration from cinema. Among the authors staged: Beckett, Brasch, Koltès, Pasolini, Mishima, Cocteau, Copi. His shows were presented in theaters and Italian and European festivals (France, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia) with important co-productions, from Santarcangelo of Theatres at the Venice Biennale. In Bologna he founded in 1991 the International Centre for Life Theatres. From 2000 also he began a career in film. Between 2000 and 2002 he created three short films hosted in numerous international festivals, where they won several awards. In 2004 he directed his first feature film, The Wind in the Evening, invited by the Berlin Film Festival. The film was subsequently screened at over twenty international festivals around the world and won the Roseto Opera Prima Film Festival. His second film, Andres and (Andres and me), was presented at the 2007 London International Film Festival. He won the Special Jury Prize at the Annecy Festival.[/kleo_list_item]
CADEN MANSON is a director and media artist. He is co-founder of the media ensemble Big Art Group, editor at Contemporary Performance, and curates the annual Special Effects Festival in NYC. He has co-created, directed, media and set designed 22 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 à Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s Le Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Manson is a Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, Pew Fellow, and MacDowell Fellow. He has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, Theater der Zeit, and Theater Journal. Manson currently heads The John Wells Directing Program MFA at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.[/kleo_list_item][/kleo_list]
SYMPOSIUM SESSION TWO (August 2- 16, 2017)
MOTUS, the company founded by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, an important one for this group that burst onto the scene in the Nineties with productions wielding great physical and emotional impact and has always anticipated and portrayed some of the harshest contradictions of the present day. It has explored and created hyper-contemporary trends in the theatre, performing authors such as Camus, Beckett, DeLillo, Rilke or their beloved Pasolini, leading to their radical reinterpretation of Antigone in the light of the Greek crisis, or Shakespeare’s The Tempest, interpolated by Aimé Césaire, which powerfully evoked the tragedy of emigration and created instant communities around the world. They’ve received numerous acknowledgements, including three UBU Prizes and prestigious special awards for their work. Silvia Calderoni – their tireless protagonist – has worked with Motus since 2005 and is the winner of many awards that include “Best Italian Actress” honors UBU Prize, Elizabeth Turroni, Marte and Virginia Reiter Awards. Freethinkers, Motus have performed all over the world, from Under the Radar in New York, to Festival Trans Amériques in Montreal, Santiago a Mil (Chile), the Fiba Festival in Buenos Aires, as well as all over Europe.[/kleo_list_item]
MOISÉS KAUFMAN was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September. He is also a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. Prior Broadway credits: The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He’s the artistic director of TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT and a Guggenheim Playwriting Fellow.[/kleo_list_item]
LEE BROCK is Co-Artistic Director and a founding member of The Barrow Group with whom she has appeared in and directed numerous plays. Directing: Abigail’s Party, The Pavilion, Art, Orange Flower Water, The Timekeepers, Uncle Vanya and others. Acting: The Kennedy Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Playhouse 91, the Lucille Lortel Theater, the Perry Street Theater, La Mama e.t.c., and others. Her television appearances include ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SVU, LAW ORDER: CRIMAL INTENT and guest spots on SEX & THE CITY, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE GUIDING LIGHT, and THE DOCTORS. Film: TADPOLE, IMAGINARY HEROS, EXTREME MEASURES, & LABOR PAINS. She has been a professional acting coach and teacher based in New York City for the last twenty years.[/kleo_list_item]
Sam Trubridge works between the roles of performance artist, director, designer, and curator. He is known for his strong visual style and creation of genre-carking new event formats for the performing arts, chiefly in his role as the artistic director for the trans-disciplinary performance company The PlayGround NZ Ltd, and founder of The Performance Arcade: an annual festival of performance art on Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand. With The PlayGround Sam has directed and designed The Restaurant of Many Orders at London’s Sadler’s Wells, Wellington’s Te Whaea National Centre for Dance + Drama, and for a tour of three venues around Italy. In 2008 he collaborated with Professor Philippa Gander at Massey University’s Sleep/Wake Research Centre to direct and design the award winning Sleep/Wake (Wellington, Auckland, and New York). Sam’s work has been published and exhibited in various international contexts, including the Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design. He has presented work at festivals and venues in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas; and has written articles on performance for various publications worldwide.[/kleo_list_item][/kleo_list]
APPLICATION PROCESS: Space is limited. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants must fill out the Registration Form. Space is secured with a deposit of $1,000 due with the registration form. $100 of the deposit is a non-refundable processing fee (unless the Symposium is already full when we receive your registration). All fees should be paid in US dollars in the form of checks or money orders payable to La MaMa ETC. In the case that a participant cannot attend the Symposium after having paid, 50% of the fee will be refunded if the participant cancels by June 20, 2016. After this date, the fee will not be refundable.
FEE: $2,800 for one session / $5,400 for both sessions. Fee includes all workshops, housing and meals, ground transportation from the Rome airport to and from La MaMa Umbria, excursions by bus, van or car, including tickets to performances at a local festival, entrance fees to museums and other points of interest.
CREDIT: The La MaMa International Symposium is accredited through Sarah Lawrence College. While the Symposium is geared for working professionals, some slots may be filled by university students, who may get credit (2 credits for one session of the Symposium and 1 credit for the Retreat) for their participation through an arrangement with Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, please contact La MaMa at (212) 254-6468.