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Mon, Mar. 27th, 2006 01:36 pm

Chicago Premier of Pierrot Lunaire featuring Blair Thomas & Co, eighth blackbird and Lucy Shelton

Of all of the companies in Chicago that are creating new puppet theater, most notably Redmoon Theater, I find Blair Thomas's to be the most challenging and innovative. While Redmoon focuses more and more on making work that is kid friendly that appeals to the broadest of audiences, Thomas (who co-founded Redmoon before founding his own company in 2002) creates clever visual adaptations of texts which are intellectually challenging, or even unwieldy: he's adapted the poems of Wallace Stevens; the stories, letters and plays of Lorca. His current work, Pierrot Lunaire-a caberet opera stages the music of Arthur Schoenberg and expressionistic poems of Belgian symbolist poet Albert Giraud.

Soprano Lucy Shelton portrays a poet that invokes the spirit of Pierrot, a mischievious character from the commedia dell'arte, as a muse. Pierrot Lunaire was created in collaboration with innovative new music ensemble, eighth blackbird. Costumed members of eighth blackbird will perform the song cycle--written for flutes, clarinets, violin/viola, cello, and piano--from memory.

A second puppet piece tells the story of an old man and a young girl who find common ground at the foot of a remote waterfall and is peformed with Jacob Druckman's Reflections on the Nature of Water (1986), a solo piece for the marimba.

A master of an exceptionally broad range of puppet styles and techniques, Thomas has used shadow puppetry, wooden hand puppets, and rod marionettes in past work. Both of the new pieces feature Bunraku puppets, a style of puppety which originated in Japan. Bunraku puppets are typically half to three-quarters human-size and are operated by two or, in this case, three performers.

Pierrot Lunaire—a caberet opera runs Thursday through Saturday, March 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:30PM at the MCA. Tickets are $18-22. For more information / tickets call 312-397-4010 or visit their website.

Photo: Sean Williams


Fri, Mar. 24th, 2006 02:35 pm

3 card molly presents The Other After

backstage at the theater of creation

Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, 7:00pm and 8:30pm
At The Spareroom, 2416 W. North Avenue, just west of Western Avenue.

RSVP: aniagreiner@yahoo.com or 773.878.8114

$10 suggested donation

THE OTHER AFTER is a performance experience that explores ideas of evolution, intelligent design and space travel while telling the tale of two little girls who mysteriously disappear from their picnic in the woods.

3 card molly (Liz Winfield and Ania Greiner) takes the audience on a backstage tour of a "theater of creation" that includes a visit to a design workshop, a meeting with the great designer, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the staging area for an alternate future of mankind. Come prepared to walk, stand, sit, and maybe even join a picnic! With special guests Jessica Hannah, Diandra Jones, and Joseph Ravens.

Visit http://www.3cardmolly.org for more information


Tue, Mar. 14th, 2006 05:07 pm

DanceBridge - A New Initiative to support Chicago's Professional Dance Artists and Choreographers

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to introduce "DanceBridge," a new initiative to support Chicago's professional dance artists and choreographers. The goal of DanceBridge is to foster the creation of new and innovative work, particularly work that crosses boundaries of style or tradition and reflects contemporary international influences and/or interdisciplinary exploration. Toward this end, FREE rehearsal space is offered for 12-week periods in the Dance Studio of the Chicago Cultural Center as well as a performance opportunity to present the new or developing work beginning May, 2006.

How to apply:
Submissions are reviewed at least twice/year in April for the Summer and Fall sessions and in November for the Winter session by the Dept. of Cultural Affairs Dance Force Committee.

April 5, 2006 Summer and Fall sessions
November 1, 2006 Winter session

Applicants must be at a professional level, with a minimum of 2 years experience making and presenting work in public performances.

Dance Bridge seeks proposals for the development of new and innovative work, in particular work that:
- crosses boundaries of style or tradition or
- reflects contemporary international influences or
- involves interdisciplinary exploration

For an application: Department of Cultural Affairs, www.cityofchicago.org/CulturalAffairs Search: DanceBridge


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Tue, Mar. 14th, 2006 04:55 pm

Goat Island Summer School

Goat Island, a collaborative performance group based in Chicago, will present their eighth Artist-in-Residence Workshop at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago this summer. Since their inception in 1987, they have created eight performance works, and toured the U.S., Canada, UK, and Europe; in 2005 the group performed their latest completed work at the 37th International Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale. They have produced a number of publications, focusing on both their performance and educational work. They have also produced two film projects that have developed out of their live performances. Goat Island has received six U.S. National Endowment for the Arts grants and were the subject of an American Public Broadcasting Service documentary in 1996.

Directed by the interests of the participants as well as those of the instructors, the intensive workshop will examine disciplines of performance, installation, writing, movement, music, research, publication, and documentation in various forms and combinations. Sessions will combine "theory" and "practice", investigating forms of thought and presentation, styles of collaboration, historical and philosophical perspectives, and methods of individual and collective _expression and creativity.

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Instructors/Goat Island Company members:
Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, Mark Jeffery and Karen Christopher.



Tue, Mar. 14th, 2006 04:51 pm

Puppetry Event: Tantalus Theatre Group presents The Serpent Woman

A dark commedia faerie tale featuring masks, giant puppets, dances and lots of bawdy fun. Located at The Side Studio (1520 W. Jarvis in Rogers Park) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm from now until April 1. $10.

Call 773-960-2066 for reservations (strongly recommended - house seats 30)

More information at http://www.tantalustheatre.org

[Thanks to Brian for passing this on.]


Tue, Mar. 14th, 2006 04:49 pm

Performance Opportunity: Fieldtrips, Multidisciplinary Performance Festival

Sponsored by the Field/Chicago and Links Hall
Non-Curated festival,open to all applicants on a first come first serve basis

Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 19, 20, 21, 2006
Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm
At Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield

Soloists and ensembles of any description (dance, music, comedy, theater, poetry, etc.) are invited to present works running up to 20 min, in this professionally produced event.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2006

Application fee: $35 which covers one 20 minute slot on one of the festival nights as well as 45 min of tech. The Field/Chicago covers press release, fliers, program, mailing and light designer/tech director

E-mail Judith Harding at: artbusters@sbcglobal.net for an application.


Tue, Mar. 14th, 2006 04:43 pm

Symposium: Re-Do It? Re-Presenting Bodies in Performance
March 16 & 17, 2006
Presented by the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Performance Art Department

The Symposium begins on Thursday, March 16 with a public keynote address, "Performance Returns," by Peggy Phelan. It continues on Friday, March 17 with a day of panels and discussions; and ends with a performative extravaganza of re-doable, un-redoable, and un-doable propositions and acts by participating student, faculty and guest artists.

The Symposium will take place in and around the Department's 280 S. Columbus Drive Performance Space, Room 012 (Basement). Peggy Phelan's keynote address on Thursday, March 16 will be in the Columbus Building Auditorium and is free to the School and the public.


Reservation Deadline is Monday, March 13th.

For further information: 312 443-3782


Tue, Mar. 14th, 2006 04:34 pm

Local Infinities presents Avner the Eccentric, Workshop on Physical Approach to Theater/Comedy

I'm excited to announce that Avner the Eccentric is coming to Chicago and Local Infinities Visual Theater is hosting a workshop at The Theater School, DePaul U. Please respond if you are interested in participating in the workshop.

Day one, Saturday May 20th, 12-5 pm, $100 (open to 26 participants)
Day one and two, Sunday & Sunday, May 20-21, 12-5 pm, $175 (open to 14 participants)

The workshop will be held in the Large Movement room at the Theater School, which will be available at 11:00 am if you'd like to come early to warm up. You can find out more about Avner, his show and his workshops on his site http://www.avnertheeccentric.com.

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A physical approach to acting and comedy

This intriguing workshop will give participants a firm grounding in physical comedy techniques. For the working professional this is a unique opportunity to take one’s work to the next level.
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