Original One-Woman Show BOTHER LINE to Join the Tank's 2017 LadyFest
On August 17, 7 p.m., performer Gio Mielle and theater director Debora Balardini will present Bother Line, an original one-woman performance currently in development and produced by Nettles Artists Collective at the Tank's 2017 LadyFest. The original piece will be performed at the Tank in New York's Broadway theater district.
After a successful invitation-only developmental performance earlier this year, Bother Line has continued to explore humanization versus dehumanization and the daily impact it has on our bodies and identities through the writing of Helen Palmer, also known as famed Brazilian author Clarice Lispector. With topics befitting today's gender-based issues, the Tank's 2017 LadyFest is an ideal fit for Balardini and Mielle to perform the next incarnation of the work.
Balardini, who is known for her approach to multidisciplinary work, is honored to join ranks with the Tank: "It is an honor to perform Bother Line at the Tank because they are a respected institution with many years of experience. To be selected as one of the performance pieces for LadyFest 2017 reassures us that we are growing with organizations we share values with who are in alignment with our mission. Being fostered by the Tank gives me, as a director and co-founder of NAC, more and more hope for the arts in New York ?City in this social and political climate we are in."
Balardini and Mielle still consider Bother Line a work in progress as incarnations continually reveal insight about the heart of the piece and the universal core issues it explores as it nears its official premiere in October 2017 at PUNTO Space. In Balardini's view, the work has evolved, and Bother Line is definitely ready for a broader audience: "We've reached a point where the work is centered, and now we are especially focused on introducing the other character: the audience. As with most of my pieces, the audience plays a big part of shaping the performance. Feedback from the audience at 2017 LadyFest is crucial for use. This is how work comes to life."
A full performance of Bother Line is slated to premiere by fall/winter of 2017/2018.]