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Repertory Available 2018/19
By Yukio Mishima
English translation by Leon Ingulsrud
Director: Leon Ingulsrud
Set & Lighting Design: Brian H Scott
Costume Design: Mariko Ohigashi
Sound Design and Original Composition: Christian Frederickson
Sound Engineer: Valentine Monfeuga
Production Stage Manager: Ellen Mezzera
Performed with live solo-violin accompaniment
Hauntingly enigmatic, subtle and beautiful, Yukio Mishima’s Hanjo reaches back into the deep past of ancient myth and brings into the modern world, a story that is part fairy-tale, part surreal drama. Using a 14 Century Noh play, which Zeami Motohiko based on a Han Dynasty Chinese poem, as a springboard, Mishima deals with issues of gender, identity and how we play roles within each other’s lives. Written in the 1950’s the startling contemporary clarity with which Mishima evokes this poem for the stage, allows it to transcend era and land in our time with stunning relevance.
New York’s beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima’s Hanjo as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role, in this timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. The production weaves Noh theater’s elegance, expressiveness and economy, together with the techniques of contemporary theatre, to shed light on the nature of identity, gender, language, and ultimately the art of acting. (4 Member Cast)
Chess Match No. 5
Conceived and Directed by Anne Bogart
Text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the words of John Cage
Created by SITI Company
Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
Scenic and Costume Design by James Schuette
Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Sound Design by Darron L West
A new play by Jocelyn Clarke, based on texts from the many public conversations with American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren create a unique live art performance, part chess game and part music happening, which explores the words and ideas of a visionary artist. Come experience the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of Cage’s insights about the world, about art and music, philosophy and the adventures that life presents through the conversations that he engaged in throughout his life. Dense and humorous, graceful and penetrating, this is SITI Company in an adventurous mood, landing lightly upon the profound truths to which we all can relate. (2 Member Cast)
Playwright: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Translator: Anne Bogart
Director: Anne Bogart
Scenic and Costume Design: James Schuette
Lighting Design: Brian H Scott
Sound Design: Darron L West
Based on the 1969 Fassbinder film, SITI’s Katzelmacher is the American version of a persistently relevant tale about an aimless group of friends whose lives are shaken up by the arrival of an immigrant worker. The immigrant’s incomprehension accelerates the story to a climax that examines our failure to communicate in the face of profound longing to connect. Now with the current political climate and escalating tensions around race and immigration in the US, SITI hopes our production takes the conversation to a new level. (6 Member Cast)
Suzuki Method: Developed by internationally acclaimed director, Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Actor Training Method’s principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater and martial arts. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control and concentration.
Viewpoints: Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world, first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie (Six Viewpoints). Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.
Led by a founding member of SITI Company, this engaging 90-120 minute multimedia presentation tells the history of SITI by tracing the company’s current practices from traditions established in Butoh and ancient theatre forms to Viewpoints, which came out of the modern dance era.
Post performance talks with actors available. Additional residency activities and talks with Anne Bogart subject to availability.
About the Company
SITI Company was built on the bedrock of ensemble, believing that through the practice of collaboration, a group of artists working together over time can have a significant impact upon both contemporary theatre and the world at large. Through performances, educational programs, and collaborations with other artists and thinkers, SITI Company continues to challenge the status quo, train to achieve artistic excellence in every aspect of their work, and offer new ways of seeing and being as both artists and global citizens. SITI Company is committed to providing a gymnasium-for-the-soul, where the interaction of art, artists, audiences, and ideas inspire the possibility for change, optimism, and hope.
Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki, and a group of likeminded artists, SITI Company began as an agreement to redefine and revitalize contemporary theatre in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange, training, and collaboration. Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, SITI Company expanded to encompass a year-round season inclusive of touring, the creation of new work, and running a conservatory program for nine months of the year to cultivate the next generation of independent theatre artists. Based in New York City, SITI Company continues to operate its international training program during its summer season in Saratoga. The company is known nationally and internationally as a top-level artistic collective that generates groundbreaking theatre.
In addition to Co-Artistic Directors Anne Bogart, Leon Ingulsrud, and Ellen Lauren, SITI Company is comprised of eight actors, four designers, and a playwright. The company represents a change in thinking about the relationships between artists and institutions. Offering performances from our varied repertoire and workshops in the unique theatre training we champion, SITI Company is dedicated to establishing long-lasting relationships with theatre presenters and their communities around the world.