Concrete timbre & d'moiselles and Theater for the New City Present FOLIE PURE, 8/20-27
Concrete timbre & d'moiselles and Theater for the New City are pleased to announce the American premiere production of Sylvaine Hinglais' FOLIE PURE, with original music and soundscapes by concrete timbre: Manuela Lechler, Chris Moscato, Ann Warren, choreography by Jennifer Brainsky and directed by Eléonore Dyl. Folie Pure will play a limited engagement as part of the 2012 Dream Up Festival at Theatre for the New City (155 First Ave. New York NY 10003). Performances begin Monday, August 20 and continue through Monday, August 27.
In Folie Pure, we find Dgidgi and Koukou removed from the world and blissful, existing in a high-rise bubble of their own making. One day their neighbor, Marta Mackin comes knocking at their door and the bubble bursts. Now, the women must confront their demons. Are they human? Are they monsters? Are they loved? Where will their confrontation with reality end? With hints of Eugène Ionesco, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Genet, and even Antonin Artaud, this wildly original play looks at its characters through a 52nd story window as their fantasy world is shattered. It could happen to anyone, right?
The production stars French actresses Nathalie Bryant as Koukou and Marie-Héléne Brabant as Marta Mackin, and Belgian actress Mathilde Schennen as Dgidgi. Musicians are Ivy Adrian on the piano, Manuela Lechler on the saxophoneand Ann Warren on clarinet, synthesizer & computer electronics.
The production features projection design by Robert Morton, costume design by Ghislaine Sabiti, and lighting design by Jennifer Brainsky. David A. Green is the stage manager.
Folie Pure plays the following schedule: August 20 at 6:30pm; August 21 at 6:30pm; August 24 at 6:30pm; August 25 at 8:00pm; August 27 at 9:00pm. Tickets are $15 and are now available online HERE. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office ½ hour prior to performance. Running Time: 70 minutes.
For more information, visit www.concretetimbre.com. Folie Pure was created in 2005 and was presented in March 2005 at the Theatre du Temps, Paris Xle.
SYLVAINE HINGLAIS (Playwright) is a contemporary playwright who lives in Paris. She founded the Compagnie Cosmopolite du Pierrot Lunaire to stage plays with actors from around the world. The polycultural character of the troupe directs her work toward a focused reflection on strangeness, our relationships to one another, the concept of "home," and on a larger scale, notions of territory and borders. Sensitive to the variety of linguistic and gestural traditions among her cosmopolitan actors, Sylvaine invests them with original forms of expression inspired by her theatrical and musical training. She was a professor at Columbia University for 8 years and now teaches a course that she invented, Français par le théâtre at the Alliance Française in Paris. She regularly publishes the texts produced by the Pierrot Lunaire, as well as other theatrical parts and sketches. She has also published several books for youth. Several of her plays have been published and produced in Paris including: Babel la tête en bas, Voyager Nues, À Poil Monchat !?, Être Là, Le roi c'est Moi, Fou d'Exil, Moi sans Toit, and her current production ¿Qu'est-ce que? For more information, visit http://lepierrotlunaire.com/compagnie.html.
ELÉONORE DYL (Director) in 1996, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where she studied stage management and theatre production. Since then, she has worked on films and theatrical productions with international directors such as Irina Brook and Luc Bondi. Eléonore started to direct her own projects in 2003. In 2006, she received a 6-month Artist Residency Award from Wallis, Switzerland to develop In Quest of, a personal theatrical project in NYC. Since then, she divides her time between New York and Europe. Her NYC directing credits include: Unraveling (2011 @The Kitchen, produced by The Field), Playing Cricket (2010 @The Kraine Theater), Dream on Until... (2008, a site specific performance), and Le Carosse du Saint Sacrement (2008, The Salon of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in NYC). Eléonore frequently works and collaborates with Belgian artist Gilles Vuissoz. Their last project, a surrealist film entitled La Baignoire du Champ will be released in September 2012. Besides her stage directing, Eléonore is also developing a dual-language theater and art program for children and adults. She is the Director of Theater Education at Lune Verte, Theater France. For more, go to http://eleonore.dimension5.net/.
Founded in 1999, concrete timbre is a collective of creative artists that develops the live production of contemporary music by exploiting the creative and technical convergence of music, sound, and text. As a performing group, concrete timbre interacts with artists, audiences, and machines using various genres of traditional music, instruments, texts, visuals, technology, and computers to focus on universal themes in a pan-cultural context.
d'moiselles present a community of new and experienced artists engaged to promote the creativity and vision of women working in theater by providing a culture where women can initiate projects, take risks, experiment, develop, collaborate, and produce with other theater professionals in an atmosphere of understanding and integrity. d'moiselles strive to create theatrical events that use the power of theater tools - the vigorous use of text, heightened perspectives on reality, robust images, compelling sound, and resonant designs to tell stories. d'moiselles explore work that is unusual, often overlooked, non-traditional, or not conventional, creating productions that impact and invigorate artists and audiences.
concrete timbre & d'moiselles is sponsored by Fractured Atlas. Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. For more, visit www.fracturedatlas.org.
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York's most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC's Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Vin Diesel, Oscar Nuñez, Laurence Holder, Romulus Linney and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, The Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troup and COBU, the Japanese women's drumming and dance group. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company's 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 42 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Volence award.