July 16, 2018 - July 30, 2018
Now Accepting Applications
for the Umbria Director's Symposium
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Stefanie Batten Bland (USA)
The Talking Band - Paul Zimet / Ellen Maddow (USA)
Semion Aleksandrovskiy (Russia)
+ others TBD
Text As a Hero
This workshop will be devoted to analyze and experience the technology of building relationships between artist and text in the post-dramatic theater. The text loses its status as a subject and turns to be an object. How do we create a character in this circumstances?
About the Artist
Semion Aleksanderovskiy is a resident of St. Petersburg, Russia. Semion graduated from the Lev Dodin studio at St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy in 2007, one of the most rooted schools in the tradition of Stanislavsky. His search is also a dispute with the academic school and an attempt to find new ways for development and searching for one's own system. His many awards include High Prizes from the New Siberian Transit Festival, The Texture Festival and Breakthrough Festival. He has been nominated for the Golden Mask four times. Among his productions are: «Detainee» investigatory experiment and bar-hopping.,based on interview, biografi and texts of Sergei Dovlatov, produced by Pop-Up Theatre in Bars on Rubinstein Street, St. Petersburg; «With Charles Bukowski behind the bar», produced by Pop-Up Theatre. Fiddler's green bar St. Petersburg; «Other museum» Installation for the exhibition «Man as Bird. Images of Journeys» at the Venice Biennale with The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts; «Cantos», an Opera by Alexey Syumak, musical director and conductor Teodor Currentzis, Tchaikovsky Perm Opera Teatre; «Other museum», installation for the exhibition «House of Impressions. Classic and Contemporary Media Art» in The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts; «Other town», Non-spectacular performance produced by Pop-Up Theatre with Summer Festival of Arts «The Access Point» St. Petersburg; «Fuel» Written by E. Kazatchkov after David Yang’s interview, Produced by Pop-Up Theatre, St. Petersburg; «Resistance instruction» Central War Museum Moskow, for the international holocaust day; «Pictures on the Ceiling» a documentary produced by Bryantsev Youth Theatre, St. Petersburg; «Elementary Particles», documentary about Siberian science town – Akademgorodok, produced by Old House Theatre, Novosibirsk and «Taganka Radio», documentary produced 2014 by Taganka Theatre, Moscow.
Stefanie Batten Bland
Cross Pollination: An approach to dance-theatre
This workshop will explore and increase creativity for makers looking to frame and support alternative productions. Theatre training generates creative ways of being for dancers. Movement exercises liberate actors, allowing a dynamic decision making both physically and vocally. This workshop enables action and reaction to learnt and improvised material. Participants will leave with concrete scenic tools and articulate theories to address social and communal issues within work and explore their skills and limits.
Beginning in New York City, followed by over ten years in Europe before a return to Soho six years ago, Stefanie Batten Bland’s career has taken a geographically circuitous path to her present stage as a Jerome Robbins Award honoree. Child of a jazz composer/musician/producer father and writer mother, raised in Soho when it was still lead by artists, Stefanie Batten Bland’s fate seemed sealed. Though clearly destined for a future in the arts, her gifts were different. That she would be a dancer was suggested when at age three she summoned her family into the living room to watch her perform a slow motion series of interpretive basketball moves that she had picked up while watching games with her older brothers.
Stefanie Batten Bland's interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships, the communicative choices we make, and how we fit into space and place. She interrogates the preconceived notions embedded within contemporary and historical culture and situates her work at the intersection of installation and dance theatre in live performance settings. Her own company, Company SBB, was founded in 2008 in France while head choreographer at the Paris Opéra Comique under the direction of Jérôme Savary, so that she could impact her local and global community. Her social and philosophical messages are visceral and accessible to a diverse public, enabling people to embrace emotional content from a place of kinetic empathy. Her pieces are made in passionate response to global issues, commenting on what is and what could be with an optimistic belief in the common human community.
In addition to dances commissioned by TU Dance (Minneapolis/St Paul), Second Avenue Dance Company (New York City), Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond, VA), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis, MN), Transitions Dance Company (London), Alvin Ailey ll Company (New York City) and Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Batten Bland’s work has been seen in the United States, Europe and Asia. While the majority of her creative efforts are committed to creating site-specific installations that unite dance with music and the visual arts, Batten Bland has created nine films that have been seen in international festivals in Europe, South America, the United States and South Africa. She has also choreographed outside of concert platforms for galas, publicity and industrials such as Guerlain Perfumes, Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton, SYTYCD-Poland and a French Presidential Gala.
Recent creative scholarship and academic residencies include: NYU Tisch School of The Arts, Indiana University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Spelman College, Santa Fe College, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ohio University, Middle Tennessee State University, Guest Faculty at Ithaca College and Rutgers University. Batten Bland currently performs for PunchDrunk, is a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University and is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Performance Creation at Goddard College in Vermont.
The Talking Band [Ellen Maddow & Paul Zimet]
Making The Familiar Unfamiliar
Art functions to break our habitual ways of experiencing and perceiving. The Russian literary theorist, Viktor Shklovsky, said the task of art is to make the familiar unfamiliar. Talking Band’s original interdisciplinary performance work has been a cornerstone of New York City’s avant-garde theater community for 44 years. In this workshop, Artistic Director Paul Zimet and Founding Member Ellen Maddow will share exercises and techniques -integrating text, image, music, and movement- that Talking Band has developed for creating its distinctive form of music-theater. The goal is to discover ways to illuminate the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary life, and to find theatrical frames that enable our audiences to see them anew.