Lecoq-trained theater artist Geoff Sobelle (Pew Fellow, 2006) calls himself "a dedicated absurdist." For Sobelle, comedy is the highest form of art, and illusion, film, and outdated mechanics appear to humorous effect in his works as well as those he creates with Trey Lyford for their company, rainpan 43. Sobelle lists Chaplin, Beckett, Rube Goldberg, and Magritte among his influences. The Center has supported productions of All Wear Bowlers; machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines; Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl; and Elephant Room, as well as the development of The Object Room, a solo performance. Sobelle is a card-carrying member of the Society of American Magicians.
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Poet Afaa Michael Weaver publishes a new book of poetry, visual artist Alex Da Corte’s video installation Blue Moon is projected on Times Square billboards, and filmmaker Cheryl Hess receives a 2016 Tribeca Documentary Grant.news-contentfellows-friday-news-afaa-michael-weaver-publishes-new-poetry-collection-alex-da-corte-s-times-square-billboards-and-more
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This month’s Pew Fellows news sees an award recognizing excellence in off-Broadway theater, grants from Leeway Foundation for projects addressing art and social change, and a large-scale installation that tells the story of a local matriarch.news-contentfellows-friday-news-jennifer-kidwell-wins-obie-award-james-ijames-debuts-new-play-pepon-osorio-opens-site-specific-installation
- GRANTS & GRANTEESMerián Soto
Over her 40-year career in performance, Merián Soto (Pew Fellow, 2015) has focused on investigating the living body and its relationship to consciousness. Her conceptual and process-based pieces work towards, in the artist's words, "a dance of the future, a dance of healing, transformation, and transcendence."people-contentmerian-soto