Submitted by Ellen Lauren on July 28, 2014 - 10:31pm
There is something of the divine, its like touching into something of the divine working at the Getty Villa. For an actor at least. And so making an ancient play is an evocation of sorts. The tasks are no longer pouring honey and oil in libation to contact the powers over heaven and earth. Our tasks rather take the form of simpler things, practical, necessary. But they are to evoke the things that have power over our world nonetheless. Our imaginations.
SITI Company is currently engaged in a three-year project with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, our shared endeavor is entitled Making Communities Visible. The Krannert is an imposing and formidable performing arts center sometimes called “the Lincoln Center of the Midwest.” But among some constituents of the Champaign-Urbana community, the Krannert is considered elitist and inaccessible.
Submitted by Ellen Lauren on July 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Here is a link to Notes for a Voyage. I recorded the voice over for this while in Saratoga this summer for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Peter Sparling, the director, approached me on a recommendation from the MGCo. members. It was a bit of a quick and dirty recording, the concert was to be in 2 days. I have to say, this was such an honor, as the dancers featured, Blakely, Tadej, Ben and Loyd, are some of the most spectacular dancers in this country if not the world today.
It’s easy to understand, sitting by Stephen’s pond, taking in the rolling hill of his every so verdant and expansive back yard, feeling the surprising force of the wind this early morning, and listening to the the great symphony of natural sounds, the birds, frogs, insects, rippling water and rustling leaves, the hidden creek somewhere close at hand, and watching the dance of the trees the constant movement of the water, the birds diving suddenly from one perch to the next and a hawk soaring at a great distance, and just now a very gentle rain falling like pin pricks on the water, it’s easy
Submitted by Anne Bogart on April 21, 2014 - 9:59am
My new book, What’s the Story: Essays about Art, Theater and Storytelling, has been published by Routledge Press and is now available in paperback, hardcover and eBook and I am delighted to share it with you. Many of the original ideas in What’s the Story were developed in the context of my monthly SITI blogs. After I completed the book last September, I was a bit at a loss about how to continue with the blogs. This loss triggered the proposal for Prompts for Anne and may also explain why the blogs during these past months have been so sporadic. But now that the new book is officially published, I feel refreshed and ready to begin again to develop new ideas towards the next book.
Submitted by Barney O'Hanlon on April 13, 2014 - 7:03pm
Well the last time I blogged was back in our studio, sketching choreographic ideas for Steel Hammer, our collaboration with composer Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All Stars. Now as I write you, I’ve been home for a week, the show was made, performed and our bodies are still recovering. It was definitely an endurance challenge for both performer and audience alike. I’m deeply proud of what we made and so look forward to the next phase when we get to actually put what we made in Louisville together with the band to be performed live. In Louisville we worked with a recording of Julia’s music which was enormously helpful for us, but I think a challenge for an audience. If the band were there playing live, it would have give the audience a little more to hold on to…I think…
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on March 21, 2014 - 4:42pm
In my work on siti.org there are many things that I do which are simple tiny little technical things. A few of these tiny technical things come with huge spiritual significance. I did one of those things today. I changed the status of the Steel Hammer page from being “in process” to being a “show”. This is because the show will officially open tonight. It is a moment of exhilarating pride for all of us in the company, as well as a milestone for those who have been working on it directly. Particularly the actors.