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Highlights: Under The Radar January 9 – 20, 2013 (NYC)

Under the Radar (UTR) is an annual theater festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. The festival is a wild mix of works by ensembles, solo artists, writers, and creators. The ultimate goal of UTR is to offer a crash course in theater that is exciting, independent, and experimental, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. In its eight year history, there have been 104 productions from over 17 countries and the U.S., including Australia, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, France, Ireland, Mali, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia and the UK. Some artists who have collaborated with UTR include SITI Company, Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Superamas, Abbey Theatre, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Teatro De Los A...

Opportunities: The Orchard Project Residency (New York State)

The Orchard Project provides the theatre community with a much needed resource and development center – a space for company sponsored artists to experiment and explore new ideas, as well as collaborate with other theatre companies. Participants range from emerging “on-the-cusp” companies to established leaders and may return year after year or as one-time residents. WHAT IT IS: The Exchange produces The Orchard Project, an extensive company and artist development program unrivalled by any other company in the country. At The Orchard Project, the most innovative companies and artists outside of The Exchange are invited to retreat at our space in the Catskills in order to develop their next great work. Over the past four years, 30 American and international companies have developed wor...

Books: Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure

[amazonify]0415585651[/amazonify]What does it mean to “fail” in performance? How might staging failure reveal theatre’s potential to expand our understanding of social, political and everyday reality? What can we learn from performances that expose and then celebrate their ability to fail? In Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure, Sara Jane Bailes begins with Samuel Beckett and considers failure in performance as a hopeful strategy. She examines the work of internationally acclaimed UK and US experimental theatre companies Forced Entertainment, Goat Island and Elevator Repair Service, addressing accepted narratives about artistic and cultural value in contemporary theatre-making. Her discussion draws on examples where misfire, the accidental and the intentionally amate...

In Print: The State of New York City’s theatrical avant-garde…

Yesterday the Village Voice published a piece by Tom Sellar titled “The City’s Best (And Not So Best) Progressive Theater”. Its one of the only “end of the year/decade” piece to focus on  progressive/experimental/avant-garde work and companies. In it he poses… Ten years into the 21st century, it seems a fitting time to look at the state of New York City’s theatrical avant-garde. How has it evolved over the past decade? Who’s doing the most inventive work, and who’s coming up short? What exactly constitutes a vanguard these days, and where is it heading? Big Art Group, Radio Hole, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Thomas Bradshaw, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Les Freres Corbusier, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Witness Relocatio...