Ashley Kelly Tata writing to invite you to the next theatrical extravaganza brought to you by Columbia University with the energy and collaboration of Enthuse Theater.
We are very excited (and a little bit nervous) to share with you the work we have been doing on Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, written by “The Mother of us All,” Gertrude Stein. We have been hard at work detangling the knotty words of Stein in a valiant attempt to bring to you this take on a story we all know: Faustus has sold his soul to Mephisto for eternal life and knowledge—and light. But what if there is no proof of purchase? What if a woman entered this world and seems to possess that knowledge without having sold her soul? Who has the right to knowledge? What is the responsibility of power? What does a guy (or girl) have to do to get to hell?
We hope you will join us for 90 minutes of a theatrical exploratory event created by an incredible group of artists. Please come for the show, stay for the conversation, the environment, and the company.
Until then, with awe, enthusiasm and great anticipation,
Ashley Kelly Tata
MFA Directing Candidate 2012
Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
By Gertrude Stein
Directed by Ashley Kelly Tata
Dramaturgy by David Carter
Music by Brian McCorkle
Choreography by Leeanne M. G-Bowley
Lighting Designed by Amith Chandrashaker
Costumes Designed by Kristen Kopp
Performed by: Andrew Belcher, Chelsea D’Aprile, Cherish Duke, Kevin Mannering, Sunrise Marks, Lea McKenna-Garcia and Ryan R. Rinkel
Image by Chip Rodgers
The Schapiro Theatre
605 West 115th St (in the basement)
Friday, April 22nd at 8PM
Saturday, April 23rd at 3PM and at 8PM
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 Degenerate Art Ensemble will reprise their work performed at Watermill, but this time in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn at CPR – Center for Performance Research. Click HERE to read more about the event and purchase tickets.
Red Shoes On April 1 at The Watermill Center and April 3 at CPR – Center for Performance Research, Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE) will present public performances of their work in progress titled Red Shoes. Red Shoes reimagines Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a girl who is cursed to dance herself to death as a punishment for following her creative desires. DAE describes their work as ‘live music driven, comedy / horror, butoh inspired physical theatre.’ Their performance will utilize the musical talents of local East End musicians and will explore audience involvement in both the creation of soundscapes as well as choreography in portions of the piece. Their residency at Watermill is focused on the completion of one of the chapters of Red Shoes which is set to premiere at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum in May 2011. With limited opportunity to hold full rehearsals in the actual performance sites in Seattle, they will use the residency as a testing ground. Museum locations include a forest, a body of water, a field, and an indoor exhibition space – all spaces that exist on or nearby the Watermill grounds.
Degenerate Art Ensemble Degenerate Art Ensemble is a performance company that creates original and adventurous productions using live music, physical theater and the visceral language of Butoh dance. Audio elements include live foley art, orchestras/chamber ensembles, bands, newly invented instruments, and electronics. Their creative approach is intensely collaborative and is in a constant state of invention and re-invention. Aesthetically extreme, influenced by punk, protest, cartoons, nightmares and fairy tales, DAE takes the viewer into otherworldly landscapes — full of compelling characters and music that doesn’t just accompany the action, but defines the mental state and reveals secrets to the audience that the characters will never know. DAE’s work is a tightly wound mechanism made up of triggers and cues that when released on stage aims to achieve a heightened sense of awareness one might find in a sacrificial rite. DAE has been presented by On The Boards (Seattle), REDCAT (L.A.), New Museum (N.Y.), Festival Alternativa (Prague), T.F.F. Festival (Germany) and many others in ten countries of Europe and North America. DAE has garnered acclaim with more than five hundred concerts and performances in ten countries. It has explored a diverse variety of formats, including music, dance, theater, film scoring, recording, sculpture, and painting in over one hundred original performative works and nine commercial music recordings. The group has received commissions from On the Boards, Commissioning Music USA, and the Aaron Copland Fund, and will be in residence at The Watermill Center a Laboratory of Performance. DAE is currently the subject of a large scale touring museum exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. www.degenerateartensemble.com