Tuesday, November 17, 2009

celebrating Ellen!

Celebrating Ellen at La MaMa on November 1, 2009. Randy Gener captured this image of La MaMa's Associate Producer, Bev Petty and GOH Director, Bonnie Sue Stein after the event! It was a moving event, in which the Annex Theater was renamed Ellen Stewart Theatre! Ellen is 90 years old this year, and we celebrated her wide, wild and wonderful journey!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Twelfth Night Opening on November 12

Review of Vit's new show by Joan Acocella in the New Yorker:
This week, at La Mama, the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre presents “Twelfth Night,” for sixteen marionettes performing on three tea trays (the beach, Orsino’s palace, and Olivia’s house). This sounds pretty camp, but, in fact, it’s an entirely respectable piece of modernism. It’s minimalist. (Three tea trays!) It's artificial. (The actors, being eight inches tall, can sit in teacups while declaiming their lines.) It’s also reflexive; it’s about puppetry. Read more

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dance at the FAB FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
4th Street
(between 2nd & Bowery)

East Village Dance Project Teen Dancers will perform, Exit Stage Right To Bach at 2:45 pm.

Three-Tea-Tray "Twelfth Night"

NOVEMBER 12 TO 29, 2009

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater will perform "Twelfth Night (or What You Will)," the timeless Shakespearean tale of mistaken identity and misplaced matrimony, as part of La MaMa Puppet Series 3. This three-tea-tray production, adapted and directed by Vít Horejš, will feature 22 eight-inch toy marionettes and three (more or less) live performers. To tell Shakespeare's tale of twins separated in a shipwreck, the production will have eight- inch wonders of Czech craftsmen cavorting on the sands of Illyrian beaches, almost perishing in tumultuous waters teeming with giant fish and turtles, and bathing in champagne at the court of that paragon of Uptown decadence, Count Orsino. The lovelorn Count Orsino, the bumbling Toby Belch and his clowny compadres will be cast with woodenheaded actors. The waterfalls of wooing words written by William Shakespeare are adapted by that modern master of Bohemian rhapsodies, Vit Horejš.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

FREE Summer Puppetry at the NYPL

from the Czecholslovak-American Marionette Theatre

Kacha and the Devil (not Salt over Gold)
Free performances at the following New York Public Library branches this summer.
For addresses and directions go to NYPL.org

7/18-2pm at Countee Cullen
7/20-3pm at Parkchester
7/22-3pm at Hamilton Fish
7/24-2:30pm at Huguenot Park
7/27-6:30pm at Seward Park

8/18-1pm at City Island
8/20-3pm at Harlem
8/21-2pm at Baychester
8/22-2pm at Bronx Lib. Center
8/31-2pm at Muhlenberg

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Last Three Performances: Yoshiko Chuma's "Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC"

Are you planning to see Yoshiko Chuma's show at Danspace Project?
There are three more shows: June 11, 12, 13 at Danspace project at St. Marks Church.

Please contact www.danspaceproject.org for ticket information

ANDY HORWITZ from Culturebot says don't miss it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks/ROOT CULTURE at Danspace Project June 4 to 13

June 4 to 13, 2009
Presented by Danspace Project as part of the City/Dans series
St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.), Manhattan.
Thursday through Saturday:
pre-show begins at 8:00 pm; performance at 8:30 pm.
$18.00 ($12.00 for members).
Box office (866) 811-4111

Here is an excerpt of the description of the piece from Yoshiko Chuma's website.
"This next installment in Chuma's ten year project, "A Page Out of Order" (culminating in 2011), features artists of all disciplines from Japan, Romania and the USA. The word "POONARC" in the title is an acronym for "Page Out of Order Not About Romanian Cinema." This production is inspired by Chuma's interest in the cultural scene currently emerging in Romania. It is imagined as a personal and public dialogue with Romania. Since 2007, Chuma has journeyed five times to Romania, meeting filmmakers and actors and visiting and filming locations used in the their movies. Despite its name, this piece uses several clips from recently acclaimed Romanian films. Intercut with still photos and video taken on their locations, the film clips serve as a backdrop to text created by Jake Margolin with the ensemble. Like previous installments of the Page Out of Order series, there is text dealing with cultural identity and language, accentuating similarities by pointing out differences. This colloquy is interrupted by dance, some furious some slow. Solos and duets are staged in and around the seven-foot aluminum cubes which have been an integral part of the Page Out of Order series since its inception."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summer Retreats and Activiites at Polli Talu

Polli Talu (literally, "Polly's Farm") is a traditional Estonian farm complex situated near the Baltic Sea, 150 km southwest of the capital city Tallinn, not far from the port town of Virtsu. It consists of five log buildings with thatched roofs made from locally-harvested reeds. The structures date back to the beginning of the 20th century. Here is the schedule for summer 2009:

Dance Workshop for Women
Cornelia Freise (Germany) May 22-24

Kundalini Yoga Intensive
Marika Blossfeldt (Estonia/USA) June 13-14

Dancing Beauty and Majesty
Cornelia Freise (Germany) June 26 - July 2

An Evening of Dance for Women July 1
Cornelia Freise (Germany)

International Kundalini Yoga Retreat July 8 - 14
Marika Blossfeldt (Estonia/USA)

Delicious Nutrition Wellness Retreat July 30 - August 5
Marika Blossfeldt (Estonia/USA)
KUNDALINI YOGA Intensive August 15 - 16
Marika Blossfeldt (Estonia/USA)

Green Aesthetics Workshop August 21 -23
Awaken your Perception for Natural Beauty
through Tai Chi
Leon Miller (USA/Estonia)

Whole Foods Cooking Intensive Sept. 26 - 27
Marika Blossfeldt (Estonia/USA)

Kundalini Yoga Intensive with sauna Oct 2 - 4

To register for any of these retreats please contact Polli Talu.

Friday, May 1, 2009

East Village Dance Project: End of Year Concert 2009

On Sunday May 17, 2009, East Village Dance Project students and teachers are honored to have the opportunity to perform in LaMaMa' Move Dance Festival. The festival features professional dancers from all over New York City. EVDP will be performing a mini Firebird, Les Sylphides excerpts and more.

For tickets go to
www.lamama.org or to the La MaMa Box office at 64 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.