Tag Archives: Works-in-Progress

Campo Santo: 1st element (who shot miguelito?)

22 Jun

Campo Santo’s new performance piece 1st element (who shot miguelito?) explores the history of street art in the Mission District and the history of the neighborhood itself through several vivid, dynamic characters.  This an Open Process Production which will eventually have its world premiere in 2012 at Intersection for the Arts.

This book makes an appearance in the piece

The performers use intricate movement and music to make the Mission come alive on a totally bare stage.  They become the graffiti, murals, and tags that they describe.  One moment that sticks with this FURYFactory intern happens when Miguelito, a brilliant young artist who is tragically shot, and his friend/fan, known as Eclectic, find themselves suddenly and powerfully in love as they walk down the street.  They stand before a mural of a heart, whose colors are deep and layered.  The audience only sees the mural through their faces and their expressions, but it is as clear as if it were painted on the wall at the back of the theater.  It felt like being in a room with two people who are deeply in love — everyone is silent and calm, but you can hear the conversations humming between the two lovers and between the artists and human beings who have been there before them.

A heart from the Mission Dolores mural: Source

Campo Santo’s piece makes the audience aware of the layers and layers of art that adorn the walls of the Mission.  And more than that, the art talks.  You cannot ignore it.  The neighborhood is alive in more ways than you can even count.

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Interview with Travis Rowland of Deb Slater Dance Theater

16 Jun

We sat down with the talented Travis Rowland, member of Deb Slater Dance Theater, to chat about the festival and his performance background.  You can see Deb Slater Dance Theater’s work-in-progress presentation of Private Life and dreaming on night blooms tonight at 7pm at The Jewish Theatre.

We also asked Travis about Deb Slater Dance Theater’s process and about his training background.

Interview with Inkblot Ensemble’s Justin Liszanckie

15 Jun

Justin Liszanckie is a Bay Area actor working with Inkblot Ensemble in their production of Satellites (a work-in-progress which you can see tonight at NOHSpace, 7:30pm)He plays Jack, a modern man who crosses a threshold into a strange world inhabited by Jupiter’s abandoned lovers.  This is Justin’s first experience with an ensemble-based company and process.  We met with him earlier this week to chat about his experience so far.

This is what’s so great about FURYFactory and doing this show with Inkblot — we have had the opportunity to totally explore.  We haven’t been so focused on the finished product, which is strange for me, but great.  I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the process, or learned a lot.   It’s been fun to explore and see how the piece has evolved.

We’ll get to points and ask, “what’s actually going on here?”  “Why is this character saying this?” “What are these relationships?”  Pretty much everyone throws their hands up and says, “ah, we don’t know!”  But somehow we find a way to discover what those relationships are, and they’ll continue to be fleshed out as the work progresses towards the full production next year.

It’s been a really liberating work environment.  [Amy Clare Tasker’s]  been great to work with. I like the fact that she’ll come in and say, “I don’t necessarily know what’s going on in this scene either.” As opposed to directors who don’t give you any space in which to operate.

I really don’t know what I’ll feel like going onstage on Tuesday and Wednesday when we put this thing up.  But I think it will be some kind of wild ride!

These women are amazing.  They’ve put so much time and effort into this piece.  I’m totally in awe of them, and also intimidated by them [laughs].  Misti and Maria are both in the show and wrote it.  Amy’s directing.  Meg is a writer. And they’re all in the rehearsal room together, obviously.  They’re just so smart and creative and have really created a beautiful piece of theater.

You can catch Satellites tonight at 7:30pm at NOHSpace.  (Go here for tickets.)

Tonight: Deb Slater Dance Theater and The Theater Gardeners

15 Jun

Come to The Jewish Theatre tonight at 8pm for a stellar works-in-progress double-feature.  For tickets and more information, head over here.

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The Theater Gardeners presents Fragments from Artaud’s Desk, a whirlwind of a ride through Antonin Artaud’s prescriptions for the theater. A highly physical event, teetering between madness and clarity, life and death.

 

Deb Slater Dance Theater presents two works-in-progress: Private Life and dreaming on night blooms

From Deb Slater Dance Theater's production of Men Think They Are Better Than Grass (source)

 

Private Life asks how does one hold a warrior and an artist in the same brain and body?  How is one a soldier and a dancer at the same time? Compare and contrast. The Art of War meets The Art of Love.  The second study.

dreaming on night blooms is a series of experiments as research for a fall show on aging, premiering at ODC Theater in October.

Inquire Within Presents “suggestions from correctionville” Tonight and Tomorrow

14 Jun

Come See Inquire Within’s Work-in-Progress “suggestions from correctionville” tonight at 7:30pm at Noh Space.

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suggestions from correctionville pokes more than a little fun at our human proclivity to seek proof, or heap on commentaries from a distance rather than committing ourselves.  Audience is invited to contribute responses to various characters throughout their struggles to commit to identity and action in the face of uncertainty.  Sound artist Dave Defilippo joins director and writer, Lisa Leaverton, and performers of (inquire within) in this exploration of remoteness and presence, the struggle involved in our struggles, and the ease in our ease.

The Stenographers “Huetopia” Opens Tonight

14 Jun

Come see Huetopia by The Stenographers tonight at 8pm at The Jewish Theatre. The production is part of FURYFactory’s Work-in-Progress Double-Feature.

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Enter a world where tasting a lemon arouses bright bursts of magenta and touching a smooth stone summons the smell of sour milk.  For Vladimir Nabokov it was “colored hearing,” but Synesthesia can spill the senses in a number of spectacular and sometimes frightening ways. Experience this phenomenon through the eyes of Synesthetes from the past and present in this evokative theater-investigation.

The Stenographers come to us from New York and feature T. David, Debra Disbrow & Damaris Webb.

For some introductory reading on Synesthesia, check this website out.

Inkblot Ensemble Opens “Satellites’ Tonight at Noh Space

14 Jun

Come see San-Francisco-based Inkblot Ensemble perform a Work-in-Progress tonight at Noh Space, 7:30pm.

Satellites tells an irresistible story.

Jupiter: god of storms, wielder of thunderbolts; insatiable, undeniable lover to any and all who caught His divine eye. Once embracing Io as a cloud, Ganymede with eagle’s talons, Leda in the guise of a swan, Europa as a smooth white bull, now the god has vanished. Abandoned by their abductor, the lovers are still trapped in His gravitational pull. In a dreamlike expression of eternity, these discarded conquests ache to make sense of their endless orbit. When Jack, a modern man, crosses the threshold into their strange world, they become part of each other’s past and discover startling truths about the future.

Behind the Fringe recently interviewed Inkblot ensemble member Meghan O’Connor.  She describes a bit of the evolution of both this work-in-progress and of the ensemble itself:

“The germ came from a love of Greek mythology and a love of space. In 2009, two of the founding members wanted to explore the conquests of Jupiter and their shared history. Another member saw the opportunity to work in some of her Space-Geek, and all together, the four members wrote an ode to myth, science and the baby-boomers.”