June Premieres: Performance Inspired by Immigration, Film, and Collaboration

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After the Rehearsal/Persona by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Photo © Jan Versweyveld.

This month, Center-funded projects from Silvana Cardell and Anna Drozdowski culminate in live performances and workshops, while FringeArts looks forward to a fall theater presentation by hosting a discussion with Obie Award-winning Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove.

Facing Front: The Duets of Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
June 19, 20, 26, and 27

Performance curator Anna Drozdowski hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, who have built a collaborative career of the "handmade and human-scale," according to the artists. Their work juxtaposes the formality of musical composition with a radically open and humorous approach to performance. Burrows and Fargion will perform at Neighborhood House Theater on June 19, 20, 26, and 27, with a "Writing Dance" master class on June 20 and an artist talk on June 27, focused on their choreographic process.

Supper, People on the Move
June 25–29

Choreographer Silvana Cardell premieres a large-scale performance inspired and informed by the immigration process. The piece has been developed as Cardell has continuously collected interviews, or "portraits," of people who have been affected by immigration. A native of Argentina and now a US citizen, Cardell's own experiences "living in a cultural crossroads," she says, have influenced this work. Supper will premiere at the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts June 25–29. A free June 26 public simulcast of the performance will be shown at Independence Mall—a cultural crossroads where history intersects with the present and tourists mingle with locals.

After the Rehearsal/Persona
June 28

Leading up to the performance of Ivo van Hove's After the Rehearsal/Persona in the 2015 Fringe Festival, FringeArts presents "LIVE REMIX: Stage Adaptations in the New Media Age," a three-part event guest-curated by Tom Sellar. The day will combine a screening of Ivo van Hove's 2009 debut film Amsterdam; a discussion with van Hove about his oeuvre of film-to-stage adaptations; and an American theater makers' roundtable on the use of iconic film sources to create new forms of live art. This fall's After the Rehearsal/Persona uses screenplay text from two Ingmar Bergman films to consider how film writing aesthetics might impact live performance techniques.