DAUGHTERS OF TROY Set for One-Night-Only Performance at Dixon Place
Daughters of Troy announces an expansion of their interdisciplinary project which began earlier this year at an artist residency on Governors Island. The one night performance of mostly new theatrical works-in-progress will take place at Dixon Place on November 21st at 7:30pm.
Daughters of Troy uses classical text, visual art, music, dance and current events to deconstruct female archetypes through the lens of the Trojan War. The project is a collaboration between theatre and visual artists led by Aubrey Saverino in partnership with international art organization, RE:ARTISTE.
The Dixon Place performance will build on the theatrical explorations started during Barton Booth's Make Room residency on Governors Island this past summer. Several new pieces will be presented, focusing on different women affected by the Trojan War including Andromache, Clytemnestra, Cassandra, Dido, Iphigenia, Penthesilea and Helen of Troy.
All of pieces are written by women, many of whom attended The Old Globe MFA Program. "I've always been fascinated by the epic stories of the Trojan War", said Project Creator Aubrey Saverino, "unfortunately, the women in those stories are so often footnotes or detours in the hero's journey. In this project, each writer fleshes out these women in a unique, theatrical way-- with music, movement, song and visual art-- and illuminates more complex female characters capable of expressing love, rage, pain and remarkable resilience".
"Continuing our partnership with international art organization, RE:ARTISTE, we are thrilled to have Iranian Artist, Hadieh Afshani involved again, creating visual art live on-stage throughout the production," added Artistic Producer Brooke M. Haney. "I'm particularly interested in the human psychology that keeps us hopeful in situation, such as periods of war or the death of a beloved, which often otherwise produce a sense of depression and loss," commented Afshani. "We will harness Hadieh's connection to loss, a feeling that is universal, as connective tissue throughout the evening," concluded Haney.
Daughters of Troy will continue to develop this theatrical event.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
DAUGHTERS OF TROY
November 21, 2016 @ 7:30pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
(between Rivington Street and Delancey Street)
Box Office Opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the door; $12 for students and seniors.
Tickets and info: www.dixonplace.org
Run Time: 70 minutes
For more about the show, go to www.daughtersoftroyproject.com.
Aubrey Saverino, Project Creator/Director
Natalie Burlutskaya, Art Curator
Brooke M. Haney, Artistic Producer
Rachael Jenison, Associate Producer
Deidre Works, Stage Manager
Allison Layman, Assistant Stage Manager
Catherine Gowl...What You Owe Your Widow
Aubrey Saverino....Dido & Aeneas
Vivia Font....Iphigenia (soundscape)
Deb Radloff....The Internet Is Where Your Sanity Goes To Die
RE:ARTISTE is an international art organization exposing amateur and professional artists to curators, buyers, art enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.reartiste.com.
Theatre Makers (combined bio): Work has been seen Internationally, Off-Broadway and regionally in readings and workshops and full productions. Selected theatres include: Actor's Shakespeare Project, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Classic Stage Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Flea, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, National Black Theatre of Harlem, New Rep, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, San Diego Rep, The Vineyard Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Hadieh Afshani (Visual Artist bio): Bachelor in Fine Arts (painting/drawing) in her home town; Tehran before her immigration to Australia, followed by a Master of Arts from Griffith University - Queensland College of Art (QCA), where she lectures and tutors in Fine Arts and is currently focusing on a research degree. She has been showcased in several solo and group shows, and been a finalist in numerous arts awards and exhibitions in Austrailia and around the World. In 2014, she achieved the respected national Award in Sydney, the St George Art Awards 2014 at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery. For more, visit www.reartiste.com/hadieh-afshani.
The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show, and you can bring your drink in the theater! Bar proceeds directly support DP's artists and mission.
Pictured: Visual Artist Hadieh Afshani in front of her depiction of The Fall of Troy, for which her visual reference was destroyed cities and building in Syria after the war. Photo by Natalie Burlutskya.