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May 2nd / 9PM EST
ARTALK Esther Chae
CultureHub LA / CalArts XBOX (Main Gallery Conference Room) /
Esther Kyung-ju Chae will share her personal stories of where she came from and how she got to her current professional life as an artist working across multiple mediums. She is a Hollywood actress in tv shows/ commercials/films/voice overs, a stage actor and playwright of solo performance “So the Arrow Flies,” and cultural provocateur who challenges notions and ideas of what it means to be an Asian American female artist through her leadership and educational work. She created a play called “Ae-ri in Otherland” that features Korean percussion music sa-mul-nol-i and characters from both Korean folktales and Alice in Wonderland.She has always identified herself with Alice/Ae-ri and now presenting her telepresence seminar through this state-of-the-art technology for students world wide, she is indeed living her childhood dream through the looking glass.
Instead we will be hosting the New York City premiere of Let Me Out a Korean independent coming of age zombie movie, followed by a live telematic talk-back with directors Change Lae Kim & Jae Soh from Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea. You know you want to go. We’ll be back in June with The Terminator (1984).
LA MAMA ETC / LOCO 7 PRESENTS: URBAN ODYSSEY
Friday April 6 / 7:30 PM
Show followed by a telematic talkback with El Colegio Del Cuerpo in Cartagena, Columbia. Conceived by Federico Restrepo and Denise Greber. Designed, Directed & Choreographed by Federico Restrepo. Music Composed by Elizabeth Swados. Text by Elias Khoury.
Urban Odyssey depicts the experience of immigration to America through movement and visual theatre. This new work is the culmination of a ten-year investigation that began in 2002 with a production created from Federico Restrepo's personal experience as a Columbian immigrant...The New York Times Called Loco7's Room to Panic an 'elegant multimedia show...consistently touching and evocative' and described Open Door as "a striking, evocative theater experience.'
CultureHub Live-Wired and Catherine Filloux / LUZ : A Play Reading
In Collaboration with Teatro Abril, Guatemala City
February 23rd / 7PM
CultureHub 47 Great Jones St / 3rd Floor.
From the garbage dump in Guatemala City, to the tent cities in Haiti, to the toxic ponds where birds expire, all search for hope in the unlikeliest, in-between places. LUZ is a large-scale work, panoramic in its view of its subject and people, poetic and surreal, tender and violent, but, ultimately, clear-eyed and hopeful. This Live-Wired session was shared with actors both in New York and in Guatemala City.
CultureHub Live-Wired and Contact Theatre / Digital Dialogues
December 14 / 2.30PM EST
CultureHub teamed up with Contact Theatre in Manchester, UK to present staged readings of new works in process.
Verbally Challenged is a regular script-writing competition held at Contact Theatre / Manchester, UK. In collaboration with CultureHub, Digital Dialogues was special version where both sides were connected via telepresence technology. The writers followed a set brief and two teams of performers and directors came together through the virtual space.
Manchester - Manhattan (Alexander James Aginian); Rubbing Eyes and Rings (Aditi N. Kini)
We Share the Same Skies (Stephen Myott); Love and the Wet Bed (Nicole May)
Directors: Baba Israel and Billy Clark
Technicians: Jason Crouch, Lee Grey, Lawrence Reekie, Jesse Ricke
Comperes: Dominic Berry and Catherine Filloux
Production Assistant: Lizzy Tait
Actors: Sarah Amankwah, David Judge, Daniel Pinheiro, Charlotte Brathwaite
After each of the four performances, an informal Q&A session took place where the audience challenged the writers with questions and discuss the pieces they have just seen. In the end the audience decided that the ultimate cash prize was for Manchester writer Stephen Myott with the play 'We Share the Same Skies'!
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CultureHub Artalk Series / Catherine Filloux
November 17 / 8PM
47 Great Jones St, 3rd Floor.
In this Artalk event, Playwright Catherine Filloux showcased her work involving social justice issues, followed by a brief exersice and discussion.
Playwriting: The Personal and the Political “To embrace hope is a challenge, of course, in a world plagued by violence and pain. However, that is what theater is for me: a valuable art form that can help make political, living change and can build community. Theater can allow audiences to become witnesses, and through this communal act of witnessing, there can be re-imagination and even revolution.” - Catherine Filloux
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Culturehub Artalk Series / Ping Chong & Co. + La MaMa’s Great Jones Rep.
October 5 / 9PM
47 Great Jones Street/3rd Floor
New York / New York 10012
Ping Chong gave a talk on the evolution of his interdisciplinary approach to theater in relationship to changes in contemporary arts and culture over the past 40 years. The presentation provided context for an open rehearsal of Angels of Swedenborg with La MaMa’s acclaimed Great Jones Repertory Company. Angels of Swedenborg will kick off La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary Season this fall and is a revival of Ping Chong’s signature dance theater work, which toured extensively in the United States and Europe.
This Artalk session was shared with an audience at the Seoul Institute of the Arts via telepresence. To watch the recorded live feeds please click on the links below.
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CultureHub Artalk Series / Theatre Without Borders / Theatre and Resistance in the Middle East
Catherine Filloux from Theatre Without Borders in Conversation with Theatre Artists from Iraq and Pakistan
Walid Shamil Interview, Part 1.
Mr. Shamil is theater artist and teacher in Baghdad speaks about the conditions and theater work in his city.
Walid Shamil interview, Part 2.
Walid Shamil talks about a play performed/improvised by his students called, "September" about September 11.
Shahid Nadeem Interview Part 1.
Background on Shahid Nadeem's theatre company, Ajoka, Theatre for Social Change.
Shahid Nadeem Interview Part 2.
Censorship in Pakistan: pressure from extremists and self censorship.
Shahid Nadeem Interview Part 3.
Peace-building work of Shahid Nadeem and his theatre company, Ajoka; exchanges with other countries.
Amir Al-Azraki Part 1.
Iraqi Playwright, Canada and Basra, Iraq. He performes from his short play, "Stuck". Speaks about theater and reconciliation in Iraq.
Amir Al-Azraki Part 2.
Discussion about theater as tool; the nature of Iraqi audiences; theater of the elite vs working class; usefulness of comedy in Iraqi theater; problems with stereotypes; ideas for dissemination of his dissertation.
12.14.10 / Interactive Performance Workshop / The Happening
The Happening is the final project of the SeoulArts Interactive Performance Workshop. 4th year students explore the future, mass media and dictatorship in this multi-location sci-fi musical. The work was shown as an informal work-in-progress on December 14th 2010.