Open Training begins Tuesday plus 'The Lab' at Grace & St. Paul's this Saturday

It's a big week for The Ume Group! We're kicking off our Open Training Series this Tuesday at 7p with a Butoh lesson with Yokko. Participants are then invited to stay and rehearse with The Ume Group as we begin to devise materials for our newest piece. This event is open to the community and by-donation/ pay-what-you-can. 

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I'm also looking forward to moderating the talk-back immediately following The Ume Group's Lab @ Grace & St. Paul's Church- a forum for early stage performance experiments. We'll be hosting the following artists as they share their early explorations of these pieces:

-Ren Gyo Soh- Solo Dances (dance)

-Dara Malina- Adaptation of Minna Needs Rehearsal Space (other)

-Tom Nieboer- REINHARDT - The Unsavory Rise and Putrid Fall of An Uncommonly Filthy and Disreputable Youth (literature)

-Camilla Dely- of soft fissures and jagged spine (dance)

This event is free to the public and a reception will follow. Join us! 

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Images from The Ume Group's Summer Physical Theatre and Devising Intensive at T Schreiber Studio

Images from the final offering of The Ume Group's Summer Physical Theatre and Devising Intensive at the T Schreiber Studio, co-taught by Keelie and Yokko. Photos by Jorge Luna

'The Other One' Shooting Begins

Production has officially begun for Trenchmouth Production's 'The Other One,' written and directed by Jay Leonard. I had a great time shooting last weekend- after teaching On Camera Technique at T Schreiber Studio this past winter it was great to get back in front of the camera! Filming continues through August 2017.

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'Grimly Handsome' Production Photos

'Grimly Handsome' by Julia Jarcho at The Lir, Dublin- July 2016

Directed by Keelie Sheridan

Costume & Set- Valentin Eisele

Lights- Bill Woodland

Sound- John Gunning

Cast- Frank Blake, Eimear Keating, Conor O Riordan

Production photos by Keith Dixon.

"Wasteland" Collaboration with Valentin Eisele, Ciara Murnane and Bill Woodland

 

I had the opportunity to collaborate with three of the MFA Theatre Design students on an evening of design showcases inspired by T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." It was a different approach to creating performance than I've engaged in previously; using design as the leading element and developing narrative and performance from the visual concept for the piece. 

I worked with Valentin Peter Eisele on a piece inspired by this portion of the poem: 

If there were water

And no rock

If there were rock

And also water

And water

A spring

A pool among the rock

IF there were the sound of water only

...

But there is no water

I worked with Ciara Murnane and Bill Woodland on a piece inspired by this line: 

My feet are at Moorgate, and my heart

Under my feet

More photos and video to follow.  

The Last Frankenstein Shoot

I had a wonderful experience shooting Gila Film's The Last Frankenstein in Amsterdam, NY this summer, directed by David Weaver. I play Paula- a corrupt nurse with a sordid past who assists Jason Frankenstein with his gory tasks. The stills below are courtesy of Jorge Luna Photography. Release information and screening dates forthcoming- check back!

Capricho at Dixon Place

Void Theater Company is so grateful to all who came to see our newest incarnation of Capricho on June 30th at Dixon Place.

Capricho challenges performers to wrestle with their weakest links- their biggest challenges as artists. Individual struggles become group examinations as the women of Void attempt to very publicly do what they don't do best. Capricho is a dance of vulnerability and insecurity and unflattering beauty. 

Directed by Leni Mendez
Lights by Robin Dill
Including sound by Emilio Cordero Checa

Performed by:
Julia Cavagna
Clarissa Hoffmann
Rebecca Lloyd Jones
Lauren Sky
Keelie A. Sheridan
Yokko

truthordare In Process/ Void's Farewell Performance

The Void Theater Company is working on a research process in several stages.        

We invite you to be a part of it. 
Your feedback keeps the work growing and your ticket-by-donation helps to sustain Void- an ensemble of independent artists from NYC. 

Directed by: Leni Mendez

Music by Emilio Cordero Checa

Lighting by: Robin Dill

 


Featuring: 
Julia Cavagna
Clarissa Hoffmann
Rebecca Lloyd-Jones
Marie Putko
Lauren Sky
Keelie A. Sheridan
Yokko 

Almost everyone has played 'truth or dare.' Most people know its rules and regulations. You have the choice to either answer a question as truthfully as possible or perform a dare, but you are always at the mercy of your fellow players. Even in the most familiar and intimate circles, the game can quickly turn dangerous.

$10 admission- CASH ONLY.
253 W.28th St (black unmarked door west of 253 entrance). RSVP to voidtheatercompany@gmail.com.

Dream Dances Closes.

The Ume Group's Dream Dances began development in October. Through five months of training (butoh, gymnastics, yoga nidra, physical theatre), dream journaling and sketching, the ensemble- Kate Douglas, Fabio Motta, Mike McNulty, Byron Hagan and myself- led by director Jordan Rosin (assisted by Yokko and Christian Leadley) devised what has been one of the greatest sources of pride and growth in my career thusfar. Resisting the urge to be easily classified or marketed as 'all this' or 'all that,' we were led through a process that challenged our limits as performers, building new skills and developing new senses for intimate, authentic and resonant storytelling. I have nothing but gratitude for Jordan, the team and the wildly supportive and enthusiastic audiences that shared this journey with us. On to the next.