United Solo Europe to Kick Off 12 Sept. at Teatr Syrena
This week, United Solo Theatre Festival is launching its new international showcase in Europe. Selected shows will be presented September 12-15, 2013 on the Teatr Syrena stage, a premier, three-hundred seat venue located in downtown Warsaw, Poland. The program includes a solo piece by Regina Advento, a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, as well as other shows performed by United Solo veterans and award winners, including Bill Bowers, Mark Gindick, Herbert Kaluza, Ewa Kasprzyk, and Anthony Nikolchev. This overseas showcase in September precedes the major eight-week run of United Solo scheduled for October and November in New York City.
2013 United Solo Europe Presents:
Anthony Nikolchev in "The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me." An American trained at the Grotowski Institute! Sept. 12, 2013 at 8pm. A man. Salesman. An Orpheus of Dostoevsky's creation and Witkacy's nightmare, selling what people don't need in a time when people have nothing. His life drones on, one above ground, another beneath it. And then the unbearable happens. A schizophrenic waltz on the precipice of the recession. Co-Directors: Yuriy Kordonskiy & Matej Matejka. Text Inspired after: C. Bukowski, F. Dostoevsky, S. I. Witkiewicz, A. Miller.
Ewa Kasprzyk in "Patty Diphusa." Written by Pedro Almodóvar! Sept. 13, 2013 at 6pm. A marvellous scene of a heroine's transformation, when she confesses to unrequited love and takes off the kitsch wig, shows that from behind the mask of the tart emerges the inhumanly tired face of a resigned woman, overwhelmed by loneliness and awareness of her passing beauty, which so far has made her attractive in the eyes of the public - that means - no-one. Director: Marta Ogrodzi?ska. Translation: Hanna Torrent-Piasecka and Caryl Swift. Adaptation: Remigiusz Grzela. Make-up: Hubert Grabowski.
Herbert Kaluza in "The Story of My Dovecote." Performed in four languages! Sept. 13, 2013 at 8pm. The Story of my Dovecote is based on a short story by Jewish writer Isaac Babel. This unique performance captures the atmosphere of Jewish life and culture in early 20th century Odessa. An old man recalls a story from his childhood, in which he had his first experience with pogrom in the marketplace, on the same day that his father made him a present of a dovecote. Mr. Kaluza will perform in English, German, Polish and Russian! Director: Christoph Munk. Artistic Representative: Marek Gierszal.
Mark Gindick in "Wing-Man." A comedian featured by American TV PBS! Sept. 14, 2013 at 6pm. Wing-Man restores faith in the "world wide web" of comic humanity in a hot pursuit of ideal romantic love. Without a single live spoken word, physical comedian and clown Mark Gindick builds a romantic relationship with the audience in the tradition of silent comedians and clowns, reveling in the angst, humor and joy in our search for love. Director: West Hyler. Producer: Michael Bongar.
Bill Bowers in "It Goes Without Saying." In the spirit of Marcel Marceau! Sept. 14, 2013 at 8pm. Compared to the work of David Sedaris and Claudia Shear, It Goes Without Saying is a "75 minute joyride" that blends mime and storytelling into an autobiographical tour-de-force. In an evening of hilarious, heartbreaking, and unbelievable true stories, Bill takes you on a scenic tour of his life thus far: from growing up in rural Montana, to Broadway, to studying with legendary Marcel Marceau.
Regina Advento in "Dreamlines." Created by a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch! Sept. 15, 2013 at 8pm. After nearly two decades as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Regina Advento presents her first independent solo project. "Dreamlines" is a manifestation of fantasy, creativity and artistic liberation. The theme is based on Regina's personal reflections linked to her Brazilian ancestry. The style is influenced by Pina, yet represents Regina's individual physical expression.
More information available at www.unitedsolo.eu