Built on the bedrock of ensemble and collaboration, SITI Company is internationally recognized as one of the most important contemporary theater companies working today. Works touring in 19-20 include The Bacchae, Anne Bogart's explosive, deeply relevant new production; Hanjo, a thought-provoking bi-ligual take on Yukio Mishima’s modern Noh play; Chess Match No. 5, Anne Bogart’s exploration of the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of John Cage; and SITI Company | STREB Collaboration with the Streb Extreme Action Company. Lauded for their depth and innovation, and continually challenging the status quo, SITI is live theater for the curious and informed global citizen.
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 Collaboration: FALLING & LOVING
(NDP Tour Support Available)
Running Time: Evening Length (TBD) World Premiere: Fall 2019 at Peak Performances, Montclair, NJ
Playwright: Charles L. Mee Jr. Directed by Anne Bogart & Elizabeth Streb Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
This exciting new collaborative work combines the forces of Anne Bogart and SITI Company with Elizabeth Streb and her company STREB Extreme Action together with playwright Charles L. Mee Jr. in a collaboration that promises to be exciting, visceral and dramaturgically revolutionary. The jumping off point for the collaborative project is an exploration of the many possible expressions of love through action. The piece will be multi-disciplinary and will test the abilities and capabilities of both SITI Company and STREB Extreme Action by putting both ensembles into a creative partnership that promises a mutual impact and transformation in order to create a theatrical experience that can be enjoyed by diverse audiences everywhere. The spoken text, to be arranged from the love sonnets of playwright Charles Mee, will make the work truly a cross disciplinary phenomenon. Working together, the two companies will create a piece that expresses the challenges and rewards of human love expressed through shared action as a way to fight hatred and find communion and social responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
"...Bogart and her company...hold us in their spell.."
The Los Angeles Times
"[Anne Bogart] makes the play's back-burnered anxieties about women and power feel very front-burnered and very now."
The New York Times
Chess Match No 5
"Anne Bogart directs with a sly smile.”
This Week in New York
“...like a perfectly cut jewel, precisely proportioned and polished.”