SITI COMPANY

Built on the bedrock of ensemble and collaboration, SITI Company is internationally recognized as one of the most important contemporary theater companies working today.  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, SITI is excited to collaborate with STREB Extreme Action in the exhilarating new work, Falling & Loving.  This work along with Anne Bogart's critically acclaimed The Bacchae, Hanjo and Chess Match No. 5 will be available for touring in 20/21.  Lauded for their depth, innovation, and for continually challenging the status quo, SITI is live theater for the curious and informed global citizen.  

NDP TOUR SUPPORT AVAILABLE.

The Bacchae

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
By Euripides
Translation by Aaron Poochigian
Directed by Anne Bogart
Created and Performed by SITI Company
Set and Lighting by Brian H Scott
Sound Design by Darron L. West
Composed by Erik Sanko
Japanese Translation by Akiko Aisawa and Leon Ingulsrud

Packed with striking scenes, frenzied emotion and choral songs of great power and beauty, The Bacchae is considered to be one of Euripides’s greatest surviving works. Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness, fertility and theater, returns in disguise to his birthplace in Greece.  As revenge for a personal slight, Dionysus plans to spread his cult among the people of Thebes. His adversary King Pentheus, fearing the spreading disorder of the cult, imprisons Dionysus in order to suppress his influence. This misguided attempt to thwart the will of a god leads to catastrophe for Pentheus and his entire family.

The bacchants referred to Dionysus as “the god of letting go,” reminding us that if we do not respect the wildness that is part and parcel of being human, we may fall prey to the tyranny of excessive order or the frenzy of collective passion. Today the play resonates with our current social and political situation.  We must learn to curb our hubris and our fear of the irrational, the unknown and the foreign.

SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action Company: FALLING & LOVING

(NDP Tour Support Available)
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Playwright: Charles L. Mee Jr.
Directed by Anne Bogart & Elizabeth Streb
Lighting Design by Brian H Scott

Anne Bogart and SITI Company join forces with Elizabeth Streb and her company STREB Extreme Action, in a collaboration that promises to be exciting, visceral and dramaturgically revolutionary. Featuring selections from the cannon of playwright Charles L. Mee Jr, Falling & Loving explores the many possible expressions of love through action. An engaging spectacle for mature audiences; artists, ideas and objects collide in this radical new production.

Commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University. World Premiere: Sept 24-29, 2019 at the Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances, Montclair, NJ.

Chess Match No. 5

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
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.

Hanjo

Running Time: 70 minutes (Performed with live music)
By Yukio Mishima
English translation by Leon Ingulsrud
Directed by Leon Ingulsrud
Set & Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Costume Design by Mariko Ohigashi
Sound Design and Original Composition by 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 as a springboard, the work deals with issues of gender, identity and how we play roles within each other’s lives. Written in the 1950’s, this timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal has stunning relevance in our time.

New York’s beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima’s Hanjo as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role. 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.

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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-show talks with actors available. Additional residency activities and talks with Anne Bogart subject to availability.

  • The Bacchae

    The Los Angeles Times

  • The Bacchae

    The New York Times

  • Chess Match No 5

    This Week in New York

  • Hanjo

    Exeunt Magazine

  • 09.24.2019 — 09.29.2019

    SITI|STREB: Falling & Loving

    Peak Performances: Montclair State University

    Montclair, NJ

  • 10.26.2019

    The Bacchae

    Hancher Auditorium

    Iowa City, IA

  • 10.30.2019

    The Bacchae

    Clarice Smith PAC

    College Park, MD

  • 11.02.2019

    The Bacchae

    '62 Center, Williams College

    Williamstown, MA

  • 02.29.2020 — 04.05.2020

    The Bacchae

    Guthrie Theater

    Minneapolis, MN

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425

Nathalie Matychak

Nathalie Matychak

Booking Associate

212.278.8111 ext. 3422