Friday, October 28, 2011

[HvEXAS] Poor Dog Group: Dionysia | open call, workshop reminder, and performances


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Poor Dog Group: "Dionysia" - image courtesy of the artists
Poor Dog Group: Dionysia - images courtesy of the artists
Seeking female volunteers to perform
We are seeking up to 20 female volunteers (ages 18 - 81) to participate in a silent Greek chorus as part of the performances.

The time commitment required:

  • Rehearsal on Wednesday, November 9 from 6 - 9 PM
  • Dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 10 from 7 - 9 PM (you may leave after the first act)
  • Performances on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 from 7 - 10 PM

We are looking for performers or non-performers who have an interest in contemporary theater and a willingness to share the stage with Poor Dog Group's stellar actors! The idea will be that you would enter the stage for 5-10 minutes as a mob of silent onlookers. You will have a simple movement sequence to perform. Clothes are casual and your own.

Please contact Hélène Lesterlin with your name, age, and phone number for more information.

Workshop with Poor Dog Group
Saturday, November 5, 9 AM - 1 PM

Come explore the collaborative process of contemporary performance with the artists of Poor Dog Group (PDG). This four hour session will expose and examine the unique artistic practices of the PDG collaborators. Participants will learn how to build a new theatrical experience in a collaborative environment; learning the fundamentals of constructing an experimental performance piece with the tools of original story structure, character development, movement, and text.

The workshop can accommodate 20 participants. Prior experience not required. To RSVP, contact Liz Slagus by Monday, October 31.

Poor Dog Group: Dionysia - image courtesy of the artists

Poor Dog Group: Dionysia
Friday + Saturday, November 11 + 12, 8 PM

Half man and half horse, the wild and badly behaved satyrs were legendary companions of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and theater.

Dionysia retells the myth of Thyestes and Atreus, exposing the social and sexual politics of the late fifth century BC. The satyrs invade with their full-blown physical expression of the bestial qualities inherent in contemporary life, channeling forgotten rites and revealing a world both barbaric and beautiful.

Poor Dog Group: Dionysia - image courtesy of the artists

Poor Dog Group is a new Los Angeles-based collective of like-minded performance and media artists committed to nurturing a distinctive aesthetic through adventurous collaboration. Their mission is to develop original theatrical expression through the creation of new work and radical reexaminations of existing texts; to redefine, educate and expand perceptions of performance and theatrical form; to have an accessibility for a new audience; to use experimental methods of the body, text, and technology; to craft new American theater; and to develop the cultivation of a limitless and periodic space.

Dionysia was commissioned and originally performed at The Getty Villa Lab with additional support from UCLA.

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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