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Segal Center Announces Full Lineup for 2017 Film Festival on Theatre and Performance

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center announces the third annual Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP).

The selected artists use film in broad and diverse ways that reflect the flexibility of the medium: from the wild success of The Vagina Monologues in China (The VaChina Monologues); to a diverse group of South African actors who perform in war-torn regions of the world (A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake); to a theatrical walking tour of Beirut (Al Khandaq); among many others.

The festival takes place on Thursday, March 2; Friday, March 3; and Monday, March 6 at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, located at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, NYC, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street.

The international Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance, now in its third year, presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to general audiences and industry professionals. The program includes a roster of more than 40 features, shorts, documentaries, advance screenings, meet-the-filmmaker Q&A sessions, and panels with leading international theatre artists from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Featuring over 40 films from five continents by or about:

3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group (USA); A Two Dogs Company/Kris Verdonck (Belgium); Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana Bley (Brazil); Penny Arcade, Claire Moodey & Steve Zehentner (USA); Sahar Assaf (Lebanon); The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA); Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano (USA); The Chocolate Factory Theater (USA); Zé Celso Martinez Correa (Brazil); Guy Davidi (Israel); Chloé Déchery & Chris Eley (France); Popo Fan (China); María Irene Fornés (USA); Koji Fukada (Japan); Georg Genoux, Liza Smith & Natal'ya Vorozhbit (Ukraine); Global Arts Corps (South Africa/USA); The International Institute of Political Murder (Germany); Janez Janša (Slovenia); Tadeu Jungle (Brazil); Jan Lauwers (Belgium); Robert Lepage (Quebec); Sean Edward Lewis (USA); The Living Theatre (USA); Mabou Mines (USA); Michelle Memran (USA); The National Theatre of Hungary (Hungary); Nature Theater of Oklahoma (USA); Frédéric Nauczyciel (France); Needcompany (Belgium); Michael Beach Nichols & Deidre Schoo (USA); Marielle Nitoslawska (Canada); Zachary Oberzan (USA); Amir Orian (Israel); Aneta Panek (Germany/Poland); René Pollesch (Germany); Brigitte Poupart (Canada); The Prelude Festival (USA); Nadia Ranocchi & David Zamagni (Italy); Milo Rau (Germany); RezzaMastrella (Italy); Rimini Protokoll (Germany); Brian Rogers (USA); András Salamon (Hungary); Andrew Schneider (USA); Carolee Schneemann (USA); Arran Shearing (UK/Canada); Dave St-Pierre (Canada); Tahweel Theatre Ensemble (Lebanon); Temporary Distortion (USA); Aurélia Thiérrée (USA); Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium); Ultima Vez (Belgium); Eva Vives (USA); Volksbühne (Germany); Huang Yi (Taiwan);
Jason Zeldes (USA)

Check out thesegalcenter.org/event/ftp2017/ for the latest updates.

Festival Curators: Festival founder Frank Hentschker (Executive Director and Director of Programming at MESTC), Antje Oegel (AO International), and Nina Segal (Playwright and Producer). Festival Founding Producer: Joy Sarah Arab. Festival Dramaturg: Soriya K. Chum.

All screenings are FREE and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.


Film Festival Schedule:
*followed by a discussion with the artist(s)

Thursday, March 2

Antonio Rezza - Flavia Mastrella - Milano, Via Padova (Italy, 2016) 70 minutes
Film | On Loop All Day | Elebash Lobby

The film tells of racism and intolerance through song that shows the sweetness of a forgotten rhythm. The unusual reality performative reaches peaks when the personal and social problems are intertwined.

Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, Natal'ya Vorozhbit - My Mykolaevka (Ukraine, 2016) 95 minutes

Documentary | 11:00am - 12:40pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Nikolaevka's School 3 in Donetsk Region, in Ukraine, was partially bombed during the military operations of summer 2014. It became a place full of deconstructed souls and unspoken pain. The film is based on a documentary performance by Ukrainian playwright, Natal'ya Vorozhbit, and Georg Genoux (Gorki Theater, Berlin) with students of this school. Their work has since grown into a full production featuring original autobiographical texts written by children in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades which they perform themselves. They each address how their lives have been affected by the war. These are children who hid in basements while bombs exploded around them-students who had to bury friends and loved ones, people who were ready to give up. This film testifies to these students' remarkable resilience and depicts only a small portion of their incredible strength.

Janez Janša - My Name is Janez Janša (Slovenia, 2016) 68 minutes

Documentary | 12:30pm - 1:45pm | Segal Theatre

My Name is Janez Janša is a documentary film about names and name changes, focusing on one particular and rather unique name change that took place in 2007, when three Slovenian artists officially changed their names to the name of the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša.

Michael Lessac/Global Arts Corps - A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake (US/South Africa, 2014) 101 minutes Documentary | 12:40pm - 2:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

A diverse group of South African actors tours the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia to share their country's experiment with reconciliation. As they ignite a dialogue among people with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must once again confront their homeland's violent past, and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. Featuring never-before-heard original music by jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

András Salamon - National Documentary (Hungary, 2013) 90 minutes

Documentary | 1:45pm - 3:20pm | Segal Theatre

National Documentary tells the story of the last few months of the Hungarian National Theatre's ensemble led by Róbert Alföldi. The film focuses on the extraordinary artistic level of the ensemble work-acclaimed by critics both at home and abroad, and loved by the theatre-going public. In an earnest attempt to make the piece as close and personal as possible, the director and crew practically moved into the theatre for the duration of the project, and lived, laughed and cried with the actors, directors, and staff as they took their work to the stage for the last time in this formation. Róbert Alföldi's forced departure from his post created a public uproar in all cultural circles of Hungary, whose representatives speak openly about their reaction to Alföldi's removal.

Guy Davidi - Mixed Feelings (Israel, 2016) 77 minutes

Documentary | 2:30pm - 3:40pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Mixed Feelings is an inspiring story about cultural resistance of Israeli director and teacher, Amir Orian, a once successful actor that left his blooming career to create an alternative theater in his own apartment. This documentary tries to create space for artistic expression and the discussion of alternative points of view in a country troubled by destructive nationalistic forces. When Israel attacks Gaza, he can't withhold objections to the war, while his students show resistance to the discussion. Performing onstage, their deep emotions are revealed, yet their defiance threatens the existence of the theatre.

Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana Bley - Inflamável (Brazil, 2014) 10 minutes

Documentary | 3:20pm - 3:30pm | Segal Theatre

Inflamável (literal translation: flammable) is an artistic and performative ritual. It relates to the religious syncretism that shapes Brazilian culture that mixes symbols and rituals from African religions - such as candomblé and umbanda - indigenous shamanism and Catholicism. It's a praise to the fire, in which words, desires, concerns, inquietudes and every feeling that demands transformation is burned. The filmed performance possesses a documentary quality as it portrays public protests and a country in crisis.

Tadeu Jungle - Evoé - Portrait of An Anthropophagus (Brazil, 2011) 90 minutes

Documentary | 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Segal Theatre

A film like a labyrinth, created from recent interviews and historical images about the career of director, actor, and playwright Zé Celso, of the Oficina Theater-one of the greatest artistic personalities in the history of Brazil. Set in an unspecific time and without didactic lessons, the film is a powerful flow of images and sounds that leave the spectator in a state of constant attention, ending in a state of grace.

Milo Rau - The Moscow Trials (Germany, 2014) 86 minutes

Documentary | 3:40pm - 5:15pm | Elebash Recital Hall

The Moscow Trials attempts to inject urgency into rigid circumstances of contemporary Russian society through the form of political theatre. In the Sakharov Center-a museum and cultural center in Moscow devoted to protection of human rights in Russia and preserving the legacy of the prominent physicist and Nobel Prize winning human rights activist Andrei Sakharov-a court is being set up. A three-day trial show provides the stage for Russia's cultural war. There are no actors onstage. The performers are the protagonists of real, political life: professional lawyers, a constitutional judge, witnesses, and experts of all political shades. A randomly selected lay court, made up of six Moscow residents, will reach a verdict after three days. For or against the artists; for or against Putin.

A Fruitmarket Arts & Media production in co-production with IIPM-International Institute of Political Murder.

Sahar Assaf - Al Khandaq (Lebanon, 2011) 65 minutes

Documentary | 5:05pm - 6:15pm | Segal Theatre

Over four days in May 2014, audience members took the bus from American University of Beirut for an architectural walking tour in Khandaq Al Ghamiq, which is a 5-minute walking distance from renovated downtown Beirut. Upon arrival, two guides met them at the entrance and divided them into groups of fifteen. As the groups set off to explore the diversity of this ancient and forgotten metropolis, the guides warned them, "When you're stepping back in history, watch your step!"

René Pollesch - Bad Decisions (Germany, 2016) 95 minutes

Film | 5:15pm - 7:15pm | Elebash Recital Hall

I can't do anything anymore. I'm not upset either. The most I can do is to try to make someone upset. I don't know who. You are also not upset enough for me. I was recently invited to dinner by someone who always smashes his plates. He always smashes his plates and so he had no more dishes there. And I asked him, "Why don't you have any more dishes?" And he said "Oh, you just have to know how to help yourself." So he smashes the plates himself, so I guess he must know how to help himself. I have no idea what he does then. He eats off the floor, he borrows plates from his neighbors, no idea. He simply could have plates. I have plates. I eat from my plates.

Marielle Nitoslawska - Breaking the Frame (Canada, 2012) 100 minutes

Documentary | 6:15pm - 8:00pm | Segal Theatre

Marielle Nitoslawska's Breaking the Frame is a feature-length profile of the radical New York artist Carolee Schneemann. A pioneer of performance art and avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades by challenging the taboos leveled against the female body. Breaking the Frame is a kinetic, hyper-cinematic intervention, a critical meditation on the intimate correlations animating art and life.

*3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group - Huang Yi & Kuka (New York/Taiwan, 2016) 30 minutes

Film [Excerpt] | 7:15pm - 8:15pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Huang Yi & Kuka is a film shot in 2D and 3D that attempts to capture the unique performance and relationship between choreographer, media artist and dancer Huang Yi and an eight foot tall Kuka industrial robot. Filmed over eight days with twelve cameras, 3LD attempted to capture the film inside out and directed, produced, and edited the film as part of 3LD's cross platform production program 3LD/3D+.

Rimini Protokoll - Home Visit Europe + Remote X (Germany, 2015) 48 minutes each

Documentaries | 8:00pm - 9:40pm | Segal Theatre

Home Visit Europe by Rimini Protokoll features four home visits in four different cities: Brussels, Lisbon, Prague and Copenhagen. The documentary accompanies the small group of guests gathering together at private homes throughout Europe, experiencing cultural exchanges with strangers in improvised situations. Audiences play a game where they talk about the ever-changing ideas of what defines a country.

In Remote X a synthetic voice directs the movements of a group of people wearing headphones, swarming out into the real city. Binaural recordings and film scores turn the cityscape into a personal film; Artificial Intelligence explores unknown territories, mustering human activity from a remote perspective. And yet the voice sounds ever more human, while in the eyes of passers-by the remotely controlled horde starts to look like a kind of alien entity.

Koji Fukada - Sayonara (Japan, 2015) 102 minutes

Film | 8:15pm - 9:55pm | Elebash Recital Hall

It is the near future, Japan has become contaminated with massive amounts of radiation. With 80% of Japan severely contaminated, the government officially decides to abandon the country and the government begins evacuating residents by lots. Left behind in the swelling exodus is a South African refugee, Tanya, and her android caretaker, Leona. As people pass them by, the two are left alone together to contemplate life and death, and the distinction between robot and human.

Friday, March 3

Chloé Déchery & Chris Eley - What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? (France, 2016) 18 minutes Documentary | On Loop All Day | Elebash Lobby

What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? is an essay film that weaves in images of the creative process of French theatre-maker Philippe Quesne and a wider reflection on the topics of light and darkness. Combining images from the rehearsal process and from the workshop where the set and costumes are being made with archival images, this short non-narrative documentary offers a creative response to the process of theatre-making and asks what it is that we look at when we sit in the dark together.

Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols - Flex is Kings (USA, 2013) 83 minutes
Documentary | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Segal Theatre

A riveting look at Brooklyn street dancers battling for supremacy in the world of "flexing."

Jan Lauwers & Needcompany - Goldfish Game (Belgium, 2002) 105 minutes
Film | 12:30pm - 2:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

Goldfish Game is a recognizable, contemporary moral fable that unfolds with the fatal inevitability of a Greek tragedy. It tells the story of a small community that disintegrates violently. The events take place in a blissful country house which over the years has become a meeting place for a group of intimate friends. But it becomes clear that this small world can only exist by the grace of various secrets, great ones and small ones.

Popo Fan - The VaChina Monologues (China, 2013) 28 minutes

Documentary | 2:30pm - 3:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

The Chinese Department of Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) staged the Chinese debut of The Vagina Monologues in Dec. 2003. Since then, this feminist play, which came from the US and has been committed to the elimination of gender-based violence, had incited a vagina hurricane that blew all over mainland China. Theatre groups at Zhihe Society of Fudan University, Shanghai Beaver Club, Beijing Bcome Group, performed this play in various stagings-on campuses, in theatres, in cafes, on the streets, and on public transportation. The Vagina Monologues received many Chinese names: Cloudy Vagina, Our Vaginas, OurSelves, and For Vagina's Sake. All these names have the same so-called "ear-piercing" key word-VAGINA.

Frédéric Nauczyciel - House of HMU Series [3 FILMS] (France, 2014) 6 minutes + 12 minutes + 4 minutes

Films | 2:30pm - 3:00pm | Segal Theatre

House of HMU is a series of film-performances conceived with vogue performers and choreographed for film. It is an artistic community that links Paris and Baltimore. The main performers are Honeysha Khan, Diva Ivy Balenciaga, Kendall Mugler, and Dale Blackheart. A House of HMU and Centre Pompidou production.

A Baroque Ball shows 15 Parisian vogue performers who appropriate a baroque concerto by Bach.
M. against the World alludes to the question of the exotic gaze and narcissism.
Red Shoes is a ritual: The dancer, the youngest and most talented from the Parisian voguing scene, puts on his red heels and fills the room with a theatrical/dramatic energy.

Wim Vandekeybus - Blush [Ultima Vez] (Belgium, 2014) 52 minutes

Film | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Segal Theatre

Carried by the music of David Eugene Edwards, Blush is a dazzling voyage swinging between the heavenly landscapes of Corsica and the slummiest depths of Brussels. The film by Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus is an exploration of the savage subconscious and of conflicting instincts. In dance sequences of attraction, confrontation and repulsion the performers take on animal metamorphoses.

Nadia Ranocchi & David Zamagni - All Inclusive vs. Joule (Italy, 2014) 65 minutes + 22 minutes

Film | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

All Inclusive and Joule are films that deal with the topic of work, investigating the complex, certain, and contradictory relation between work, giving, and sacrifice. Both movies are representative of ZAPRUDER's different approaches to film narration that, in the case of All Inclusive, is in the form of novella, while Joule is articulated by sums of tableaux, thus reconnecting the movie to Marcel Mauss' anthropological and economic essay which brought it to life.

Aneta Panek - Alchemy of Punk (Germany, 2017) 15 minutes

Film [Excerpt] | 4:00pm - 4:15pm | Segal Theatre

Alchemy of Punk is a punk opera; a groundbreaking extravaganza, bringing together the greatest voices of classical opera, punk and industrial rock in an explosive spectacle, melting together theatrical and musical experience, video installation and live performance. Featuring the star soprano Simone Kermes, along with underground diva Mona Mur and the legend of industrial music En Esch (exKMFDM), and many other great luminaries. An avant-garde video-installation.

Eva Vives - Waltz For One (USA, 2007) 5 minutes

Film | 4:15pm - 4:30pm | Segal Theatre

With Aurélia Thiérrée. Music by Stephen Coates from British band, The Real Tuesday Weld.

*Brigitte Poupart - Over My Dead Body (Canada, 2012) 80 minutes

Documentary | 4:30pm - 6:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

His body has failed him, but his eyes still burn with the desire to talk, laugh, and dance. Dave St-Pierre was 17 when he learned cystic fibrosis would probably kill him in his thirties. In December 2007, he went on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. Despite fear, sadness and loneliness, the artist triumphed over misery by choreographing gloriously free and carnal dances. His friend and artistic collaborator Brigitte Poupart filmed him during years spent shuttling between hospitals and theatres, resulting in this gut-wrenching documentary that earned the inaugural Creation award presented by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. With Misteur Valaire's throbbing music setting the tone, Over My Dead Body is a love song to life in all its power and fragility.

Jason Zeldes - Romeo is Bleeding (USA, 2015) 95 minutes

Documentary | 4:30pm - 6:30pm | Segal Theatre

A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond's cycle of trauma?

*Michelle Memran - The Rest I Make Up: María Irene Fornés (US, work-in-progress) 20 minutes

Documentary [Excerpt] | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Elebash Recital Hall

An intimate, joyful, haunting portrait of the iconic Cuban-American dramatist María Irene Fornés that shows art and friendship enduring in the face of forgetting. This excerpt, taken from the rough cut, introduces you to Fornés and her visionary creative process.

María Irene Fornés (born May 14, 1930) is a Cuban-American avant-garde playwright and director who was a leading figure of the Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 1960s.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma - Life & Times, Episode 7 (USA, 2015) 135 minutes

Film | 6:30pm - 9:00pm | Segal Theatre

With hot burning passion and increasingly limited means, Nature Theater of Oklahoma attempts to take on Hollywood, the French New Wave, and the entire history of cinema as we know it. Episode 7 of their serial epic, Life and Times, takes the verbatim first person narrated life story of one of their company members, Kristin Worrall, puts the original text into third person singular, and grafts it brilliantly onto the American film classic, Citizen Kane.

*Arran Shearing - Forgotten Man (UK/Canada, 2017) 84 minutes

Film | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

A young actor in an East London theatre company for the homeless romances a wealthy out-of-towner in the bustling streets of contemporary London. With Jerry Hall, Anna Maguire, Tyler Dawson, and others.

The Segal Center - Prelude Festival (USA, 2017) 30 minutes

Documentary | 9:00pm - 9:30pm | Segal Center

Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. The festival gives audiences and artists a survey of the current New York moment via in-process performances, conversations, presentations, and workshops. This documentary, shot over the three days of the 2016 PRELUDE festival, gathers artists, academics, and theatre-makers from the five boroughs to reflect on the legacy and future of work-in-progress.

Monday, March 6

The Living Theatre - Know Your Rites Tour 2016 (US, 2016) 40 minutes

Documentary | All Day on Loop | Segal Theatre Lobby

The Living Theatre toured across America in the summer of 2016. Stopping in over twenty cities in various venues, the company also developed pieces in the streets, in corporate headquarters, and in public spaces. Here is a loop of some of those pieces.

Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano - Book of Clarence (US, 2016) 100 minutes

Documentary | 11:00am - 12:45pm | Segal Theatre

This feature length documentary essay follows the life of legendary blind gospel singer and founding member of the Grammy award winning Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain. We learn of Clarence's life, music and health through his dreamlike and hallucinatory memories while he receives kidney dialysis. These memories are woven together with past performances of The Blind Boys of Alabama and current performances with a small band featuring long-time collaborator and guitar player Sam Butler Jr. The film also features Clarence's last performance with The Blind Boys of Alabama at the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival. The kidney dialysis dream sequences feature the kinetic abstract light paintings by the artist Bill Ham of 1960s San Francisco psychedelic light show era.

Zachary Oberzan - Flooding With Love for the Kid (US, 2007) 107 minutes

Film | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Segal Theatre

Meticulously adapted from David Morrell's novel First Blood, which introduced us to a young man named Rambo and his one-man war against a small town, Flooding With Love for the Kid is itself a one-man cinematic war. Shot entirely for $96 in a 220 sq.ft. apartment in Manhattan, it was adapted, directed, filmed, acted, and edited by one man, destroying all previous notions of low-budget filmmaking with a determination lifted from Rambo's own infuriated rampage.

Mariano Franco & Marie Belzil with Robert Lepage - The Image Mill Revealed (Canada, 2009) 60 minutes Documentary | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Segal Theatre

This documentary describes the final 3 months leading up to the opening of Moulin à Images, an impressionistic performance-event celebrating Quebec City's 400th anniversary. Director Robert Lepage works with a member of the Ex Machina team, leading a group of talented and creative young people who were invited to build this monumental panorama. The Image Mill Revealed is an adventure in art for the viewing audience.

Sean Edward Lewis - Storefront (US, 2017) 20 minutes

Film [Excerpt] | 4:00pm - 4:20pm | Segal Theatre

A 1980s Brooklyn murder case is re-imagined as a lo-fi snuff comedy.

*Temporary Distortion - This Empty Room (US, 2017) 10 minutes

Film | 4:20pm - 4:45pm | Segal Theatre

This Empty Room is a site-specific short film. It is a portrait of where you are right now.

While contemporary culture trains us in practices of distraction, fragmentation, and multitasking, this film asks you to make space for a single-focused awareness of the present moment and your current surroundings. There are as many possible versions of this film as there are rooms to view them.

A Two Dogs Company/Kris Verdonck - Presyncope (Belgium, 2010) 15 minutes

Film | 4:45pm - 5:00pm | Segal Theatre

In Presyncope, a camera slowly and steadily slides down the façade of a tall office block. It is pointed towards the ground, approaching it slowly. We hear the calm voice of someone describing her thoughts and impressions during the fall. This inner monologue contains scraps of memories from the lifetime that preceded the fall. Presyncope is a state consisting of lightheadedness, muscular weakness, and feeling faint.

*Brian Rogers/The Chocolate Factory Theater - Screamers (US, work-in-progress) 30 minutes

Film [Excerpt] | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Segal Theatre

Screamers (working title) is Brian Rogers' first feature film. It is one half of a larger project which will premiere at PS122 later this year.

*Andrew Schneider - Acting Stranger (US, 2014-present) 30 minutes

Film | 6:00pm - 6:30pm | Segal Theatre

Andrew writes very short scenes. No exposition, no inciting incident, no denouement. We act them together, you and I, having never rehearsed, discussed, or met. These scenes are videotaped as documentation and made available through a website. The film is a document, a by-product of the ongoing process exploring intimacy between strangers.

*Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano - La Divina Caricatura (US, 2016) 20 minutes

Documentary [Excerpt] | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Segal Theatre

La Divina Caricatura, is part of the artist Lee Breuer's canon of personal works called, I Don't Want to Change Your Mind, I Want To Change Your Music. Much like Whitman's Leaves of Grass this a life-long body of work that he has been continuously adding to. It includes music, plays, poetry, and screenplays. La Divina Caricatura's proposed screenplay is an adaptation of a musical theater piece that featured Bunraku puppets, musical performances by three bands and live actors. The original theater piece was performed at LaMaMa Theater in December 2013. The work is an exploration of a love relationship between a man, John and his dog Rose. These lovers go through cathartic and transcendental experiences on a Dantesque pilgrimage.

*Claire Moodey in collaboration with Steve Zehentner & Penny Arcade - Richard Foreman Biography (US, 2013) 30 minutes | Documentary | 7:30pm - 8:30pm | Segal Theatre

The Richard Foreman Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project, created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive.

About Richard Foreman: He is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit Ontological-Hysteric Theater (1968-present). He has written, directed and designed over fifty of his own plays both in New York City and abroad. Five of his plays have received OBIE awards as best play of the year-and he has received, next to many national and international awards, five other OBIE'S for directing and for "sustained achievement."


The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, City University of New York is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street. Subway: Herald Square, lines B, D, F, M, N, Q, R. Visit www.theSegalCenter.org or call 212-817-1868 for more information.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), The Graduate Center, CUNY, is a non-profit Center for theatre, affiliated with CUNY's Ph.D. Program in Theatre. The Center's primary focus is to bridge the gap between the academic and professional performing arts communities by providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts.

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