Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki and a group of like-minded artists, SITI is built on the bedrocks of ensemble and collaboration. Anne Bogart is now joined by Ellen Lauren and Leon Ingulsrud as Co-Artistic Directors. A Seven-time Obie winner, SITI Company’s newest work, Hanjo, offers an inventive approach to captivate and introduce American audiences to Japanese Noh theatre.

“A superb piece of theatre…this 90 minute show kept me riveted in my seat…” – New York Theater

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Dates Available for Touring
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Repertory Available 2017/18
Hanjo
Director: Leon Ingulsrud
Playwright: Yukio Mishima
Music: Christian Frederickson
Hanjo is a cross-cultural collaboration and bilingual production based on a 14th century Japanese Noh play, which was in turn based on an ancient Chinese poem. This production offers American audiences a fascinating introduction to Noh theater and one of Japan’s most important authors of the 20th century, the infamous Yukio Mishima. Click Here for Video

Room (solo performance)
Virginia Woolf wrote with delicacy humor, anger, outrage, and passion from the point of view of a highly creative woman in the first half of the 20th century. Room is sampled from a lifetime of her writings and traces the movement of a creative spirit in exquisite crisis. The play is about the room to move, the room to breathe, the room to imagine, emotional room, creative room. It is a play of many voices embodied by one actress, the extraordinary Ellen Lauren. Room does not attempt to portray or embody Virginia Woolf. Rather, Ellen Lauren is an American actress, who enters into the world, through thoughts and writings of Woolf. She is our guide into the mind and experience of this extraordinary English writer who was profoundly interested in the world around her.

Chess Match No. 5
A new play based on text from the many public conversations with American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. Two actors embody the phenomenon of a long-term relationship going well, going awry, in battle, in love, in reconciliation, torn apart and put back together again over the course of a single night and a chess game. Dense and humorous, graceful and penetrating, this is SITI Company at its most relatable and profound.

Steel Hammer
Director:  Anne Bogart
Music and Lyric: Julia Wolfe
Original Text: Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, Regina Taylor
Music performance: Bang on a Can Allstars
Lighting Design: Brian H Scott
Scenic and Costume Design: James Schuette
The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms – from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song. Steel Hammer, the latest collaboration from composer Julia Wolfe, SITI Company and Bang on a Can All-Stars, creatives explores the subject of human vs. machine and the cost of hard labor on the human body and soul. Culling from the vibrant oral traditions of Appalachia, Steel Hammer incorporates lyrics by Julia Wolfe and text from four remarkable American playwrights – based on hearsay, recollection and tall tales.

Bob (solo performance)
Bob revolves around the life and times of avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson. Acclaimed as a genius, he rides the fast track of the ever-shrinking global art scene. He uses his own history and everyone around him as fodder for his grandiose staged spectacles. Through Bob we experience a creative crisis in the making and see where American pop culture and high culture collide.

Radio Macbeth
Radio Macbeth takes place late at night in the guts of an abandoned theater. Actors circle restlessly around the common shared warmth of a rehearsal table, moving through the bullet of Shakespeare’s briefest and perhaps most magnetic play. Around them, in the perimeter of the space, the ghosts of all previous productions hover and encroach. The spirits of ambition, violence, fortune, fate, free will, hubris, vengeance, price, indecision, paradox, the eternal male-female conflict and madness flicker and glow. The actors cling to the sanity of words while the chaos of history grows to be undeniably present with them in the room

Outreach and Engagement

Master Classes
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.

Lecture Demonstrations
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.

 

Artist's Calendar

Dates
Event
Venue / Time
09.29.16
“Martini Party – Special Event”
The Loft at 72 Allen Street
New York, NY
8pm
10.24.16
“Noir Dinner – Special Event”

New York, NY
11pm
01.28.17-
01.29.17
Lost in the Stars
Royce Hall @ CAP UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
1/28 @ 8pm & 1/29 @ 7pm
02.03.17
Room
onStage at Connecticut College
New London, CT
7:30pm
02.08.17
Room
Stockbridge Theatre Pinkerton Academy
Derry, NH
7:30pm
02.08.17-
02.09.17
Steel Hammer
Red Theater, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2/8 @ 2pm & 2/9 @ 8pm

About

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.

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