'Home' at Theater for the New City

08/19/11 through 08/28/11 45-60 min. runtime 155 First Avenue Map
212-254-1109 Ages: 12+ $15
'M. - Solo for Three Minds (Dialogues with Marcel Proust)' at Theater for the New City
08/19/11 through 08/26/11 63 min. runtime 155 First Avenue Map
212-254-1109 Ages: 12+ $15

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"Home" (world premiere) conceived and directed by Garrett Blair and Rachel Karp, created by the Ensemble, produced by Sara Bashor. Cabaret Theater - Friday, August 19 at 9:00PM; Saturday, August 20 at 5:00PM; Friday, August 26 at 9:00PM; Saturday, August 27 at 7:00PM; Sunday, August 28 at 5:00PM. Running Time: 45-60 minutes | Tickets: $15.

What causes people to exist outside the status quo? What happens to make their daily routines a series of unconventional, outrageous behaviors? "Home" explores remarkable eccentrics from early 20th-century New York. The audience is immersed in the lives of a myriad of eclectic characters who struggle to survive in ways many of us will never experience. While enveloped in their worlds, we discover a select few who live even further beyond the realm of normal. We witness the search for the same connections we all strive to obtain, in places we have all been or passed by, we cannot ignore how-- across time and class-- we might all be intricately connected simply because we share the City of New York.

Garrett Blair is a recent graduate of Columbia University where he studied directing, focusing on the process of creating ensemble based devised work. His devised thesis piece, "Catacombs & Hurricannoes¸" led to a new form of movement based ensemble communication. He is a freelance teaching artist, teaching theatre and creating original work with students across the city from pre-school to high school. He was the resident director for six seasons at the Lexington Youth Summer Theater in Boston, MA. He recently assisted Mikhael Tara Garver, working on such projects as "Choice" (Culture Project's Women in Directing Festival), "Renovations" (White Plains Performing Arts Center), and "Fornicated from the Beatles "(world premiere at the A.R.T.'s Emerging America Festival, New York premiere at Glasslands Gallery). Rachel Karp is a New York-based director committed to the collaborative creation of new work. She has developed new work at Columbia University, from which she received her B.A. magna cum laude in Drama and Theatre Arts, and at Powerhouse Theater Festival, where she served as a Directing Apprentice. She has assisted the creation of new works by experimental theater artists Young Jean Lee ("Untitled Feminist Multimedia Technology Show," "We're Gonna Die"), Aaron Landsman and Mallory Catlett ("City Council Meeting," HERE), and Kristi Spessard ("Essentials of Flor," Mabou Mines), among others. Upcoming projects include directing "Band Practice" through Incubator Arts Projects' Short Form Series and assistant directing Pearl Damour's "How to Build a Forest."

"M. - Solo for Three Minds (Dialogues with Marcel Proust)" devised and performed by Miloš Sofrenovic, text re-translated and spoken by Sheila Sofrenovic. US premiere. (DANCE THEATER) - Johnson Theater - Friday, August 19 at 7:00PM; Saturday, August 20 at 5:00PM; Sunday, August 21 at 7:00PM; Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00PM; Friday, August 26 at 7:00PM. Running Time: 63 minutes | Tickets $15.

"I only know who I am and what I am when I find out who I was and who I was surrounded by." -- Marcel Proust.

Live movement -- performed and perceived in the present -- is actually a temporal experience, in the sense that, once executed, it is constantly analyzed and processed as a revisitation of past experience. Through Miloš Sofrenovi?’s encounter with Marcel Proust's capital work "Remembrance of Things Past," he discovered a strong relationship between three discourses -- Memory, Movement and Monologue. This solo piece, "M. – Solo For Three Minds" (Dialogues with Marcel Proust), investigates this relationship as it is being established and questions it. The subsequent questions became the dramaturgical building blocks upon which this solo performance in 12 scenes is based. It was a three year project and Sofrenovi? gave each one the name "season" to designate its year. Each project has its own name as well. "M. - Solo For Three Minds" (Dialogues with Marcel Proust) by Miloš Sofrenovi?, a performance artist, pedagogue and director who is originally from Loindon and now working in Vienna. It is the second part of a three part trilogy and the second full length piece from Sofrenovi?'s choreographic tryptich, "Three Seasons." He devised and performed his First Season (2009/2010) : "Solo For Three Visions" (Visions of Peter Hanke, Samuel Beckett & Virginia Woolf) to high critical acclaim, bringing him a nomination for the most prestigious state award in choreography "Dimitrije Parlic" at the National Theatre in Belgrade in 2010. Third Season (2011/2012)"Solo for Two Cities" (Imaginary dialogue between Milos Crnjanski's "A Novel About London" and Lawrence Durrell's "Alexandrian Quartet") will close this cycle of solo works exploring the relationship between movement and literature, again devised and performed by the artist himself. Sofrenovi? received his dance and choreographic education as a scholarship student of the distinguished Laban Centre in London. He is also a recipient of several international scholarships from the Serbian Ministry of Culture, Soros Foundation (Belgrade), Dance Web Program (Vienna), Dance Omi Programe (United States of America), Odyssey Dance Theatre (Singapore). Among others he has collaborated successfully with choreographers Ana Sanchez Colberg (London), Kitt Johnson (Copenhagen), Liz King (Vienna), Danny Tan (Singapore), Mikhail Honesseau (Berlin), Pina Bausch (London), Filippo Armati (Locarno), Sonja Vukicevic (Belgrade). He has presented his works at festivals in Belgrade, Zagreb, Skopje, Zemun, Novi Sad, Edinburgh, London, Vienna, Istanbul, Singapore, Stockholm, Graz, to name a few.

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