Counterpoint Players to Bring OCCUPY ME to United Solo Fest, 11/9 & 11
After successful runs in Ottawa, Hamilton and Calgary, Counterpoint Players brings its summer hit OCCUPY ME to New York. The production will be featured at the United Solo Theatre Festival and introduces a new style of performance - participatory yoga theatre - it's a play (that's also a yoga class).
The performance of OCCUPY ME on Saturday November 9th has already SOLD OUT of advance tickets, and an additional performance has been scheduled for Monday November 11th at 6pm.
Welcome to the yoga class you can't afford to miss! Your teacher, Sarah Lotus Blossom, is the embodiment of Zen on Speed - but she can't quite let go and breathe. Join her for a life-transforming practice, where she grapples with joining the Occupy Movement, seeking Nirvana in India, and helping you find your own breath.
OCCUPY ME incorporates the physical participation of the spectators as well as the performer. As the show opens, the spectators meet Sarah Lotus Blossom (Canadian theatre artist Bronwyn Steinberg), and are invited to take a yoga mat or a chair. During the "class," the lines blur unexpectedly between the performer and her spectators as Sarah Lotus Blossom takes her "students" for a karmic ride. If you have never done a downward dog in your life, don't worry! This production can be enjoyed by both the novice and the expert yogi alike. The workout is accessible and optional, though perhaps best not to be done in a short skirt!
OCCUPY ME is a collaboration between three respected and innovative artists from Ottawa, Canada. Written by Steinberg and Sarah Waisvisz, OCCUPY ME is directed by Laura Astwood, Artistic Director of the acclaimed Ottawa Stilt Union. Steinberg's acting credits include Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Sibyl in Private Lives, while recent directing credits include In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play and My Name is Asher Lev. Recent credits for Astwood and Waisvisz include the multiple-award-winning ambulatory and site-specific ensemble work Six: At Home (Zopyra Theatre). Next up for Counterpoint Players is a World Premiere: Steinberg's direction of Darrah Teitel's award-winning new drama Corpus.