SITI COMPANY

Recognized for its pioneering repertoire, collaborative foundation, and groundbreaking technique, Viewpoints, SITI Company's ensemble prepares to take the stage for a final bow in 2022 with The SITI Legacy Tour. Celebrating 30 years of virtuosic theater-making,  this iconic ensemble of world-renowned theater artists will reboot The Medium, its first-ever production that premiered in 1993 in Toga-mura, Japan before its NYC premiere in 1994. Directed by Anne Bogart, long-time ensemble members revisit their original roles, in a production hailed by Variety as "some of the most provocative and exciting theater on any American stage today" - we invite you to be part of this historic moment in American theater.

The Medium

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Adapted from the works of Marshall McLuhan
Concept/Direction by Anne Bogart
Created and Performed by SITI Company
Scenic Design by Neil Patel
Costume Design by Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Sound Design by Darron L West

Based on the writings of Marshall McLuhan, The Medium explores the effect of media and emerging technologies on our perceptions, our psyches and our personal lives. The Medium was originally devised by SITI Company in 1993 in Toga-mura, Japan and premiered in NYC at New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. McLuhan, who died in 1980, is generally remembered for his belief that electronic communications would knit an alienated world into an all-embracing global village. But in interviews, he also spoke ruefully of the dominance of technologies. “I wish none of these had ever happened,” he once said. In an age where everyone carries a computer in their pocket, The Medium is perhaps even more resonant now more than ever.

>>Click here to read Anne Bogart’s own words on bringing back The Medium for The SITI Legacy Tour.<< 

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

Recognized for their pioneering repertoire, collaborative foundation, and groundbreaking technique, SITI Company has been heralded as one of the most important and successful contemporary American theater ensembles. During these unprecedented times, the company is offering an engaging and thought-provoking series of online presentations, artist talks,  and movement workshops to keep audiences connected.

  • Technology: Zoom or other live streaming platform provided by presenter.

  • Company requires Presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run virtual activities. 

  • At minimum one(1) advanced technical virtual rehearsal to run multimedia presentation with presenter’s virtual stage manager is required unless otherwise noted below. 

SITI | STREB: FALLING & LOVING Behind-the-Scenes Multimedia Artist Talk

(NDP Fee Support Available until December 2021)

Join Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb and performers from STREB and SITI Company as they revisit the creation of one of the most unique collaborations ever to take the stage. A radical spectacle featuring a 52 bucket Guck Machine suspended overhead while performers explore the many possible expressions of love through action, FALLING & LOVING was hailed “a brilliant new dance-theater piece” (NJArts). This virtual event featuring never before seen rehearsal footage is an engaging look at this landmark collaboration between two titans of contemporary performance STREB and SITI Company.

Details:

  • One multimedia talk w/Q&A.

  • Option to engage Anne Bogart and Elizabeth Streb or to include company members also possible.

  • Approx 50-60 minutes (40-minute multimedia talk with recorded footage for performance and rehearsals followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).

  • Attendance is based on what is allowed by streaming platform.

  • Presenter to provide a moderator. Alternatively company may provide moderator if required.

Description: Ahead of the presentation, participants are invited to view FALLING & LOVING through All Arts. Viewing can be done at their leisure. They are invited to submit questions prior to the talk to the presenter who will then share them with the speakers and moderator so that they may be incorporated in the presentation or addressed during the Q&A session, additionally live questions can be asked during the “live chat” portion of the Q&A session. Companies request two prep meetings – one with the presenting organization to discuss the target audience for the presentation and a virtual tech rehearsal to run through the multimedia elements with the presenter’s virtual platform.

Presenters can add a STREB PopAction Virtual Workshop for more virtual engagement. (Ages 7+ and up). Contact Pentacle for details. 

Presentations of FALLING & LOVING Virtual Presentation is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

TALKING INTO THE FUTURE – A SITI Dialogue Series

Recognized for their pioneering repertoire, collaborative foundation, and groundbreaking technique, SITI Company has been heralded as one of the most important and successful American theater ensembles working today.Through a series of dialogues and dynamic conversations, SITI Company will invite collaborators and peers to investigate the challenges of our time through a multitude of lenses. Innovative and inventive, SITI draws on our current moment of questioning and dismantling the status quo to make new connections and unite local and global voices together while shining a light on the next generation of artists and theater makers. In a period of history in which circumstances have unmoored artists and audiences alike, SITI will keep moving forward alongside our peers in vibrant and positive ways.

Details:

  • Multimedia talk w/Q&A.

  • SITI Company members in dialogue with other artists, ensembles, or local community leaders.

  • Approx 90 minutes (60-minute multimedia talk with recorded footage for performance and rehearsals followed by 30-minute Q&A session).

  • Attendance is based on what is allowed by streaming platform.

Description: With our Talking into the Future Series, we seek to create what we call a “gymnasium for the soul,” where we can activate creative friction and bold questions with other companies and collaborators; to explore the art of assembly in all its forms and amplify the work of other ensembles and theater rebels. We have outlined six topics and can provide a list of potential collaborators for conversation upon request.

1. Who is talking?
Who is at the table and who should be included? How do we challenge the old patterns?

2. What are we talking about?
What is the content of our art? What is being conveyed by the way we make our art, outside of its content? Does art have a social/political responsibility? Anne Bogart and other artists.

3. Where does the art happen?
What are the venues for performance? How is this changing because of technology and pandemics and the demand for a more inclusive culture?

4. When is the right time?
How does change in art making happen? What is the nature of revolution within culture? Should it all happen at once? Does it need to take time? Is it a bit of both? What is the role of art within social/political change?

5. Talking the future into being.
What is the power of describing the world? How do we stay rooted in the now while moving forward?

6. Legacy: The art of letting go/can your mission outlive you? Fall 2022 in NYC Anne Bogart and SITI Company

>> FAQ about SITI Company’s Outreach Activities <<

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 discussions with actors available upon request.

Residency activities and talks with Anne Bogart subject to availability.

  • Variety

  • The New York Times

  • LA Times

  • The San Francisco Chronicle

  • 07.28.2020

    Virtual: Streaming of Room, the film

    SITI Company Premiere

    New York, NY

  • 10.11.2020

    Virtual: All Arts Streaming Premiere of SITI|STREB FALLING & LOVING

    Peak Performances

    Montclair, NJ

  • 11.18.2020

    Virtual: SITI|STREB FALLING & LOVING Behind-the-Scenes Multimedia Artist Talk (NDP Fee Support)

    Connecticut College

    New London, CT

  • 01.12.2021 — 01.19.2021

    Virtual: Talking into the Future - A SITI Dialogue Series feat. Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar & Chanon Judson

    Hopkins Center for the Arts Dartmouth College

    Hanover, NH

  • 04.01.2021 — 04.08.2021

    Virtual: Talking into the Future - A SITI Dialogue Series feat. Anne Bogart and Bill T. Jones

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Urbana, IL

  • 04.19.2021 — 05.14.2021

    Virtual: Streaming of Room, the film

    City Theatre

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • 06.18.2021 — 06.25.2021

    Virtual: Talking into the Future - A SITI Dialogue Series feat. SITI Ensemble Members

    Skidmore College

    Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 06.25.2021

    Virtual: FALLING & LOVING Behind-the-Scenes Artist Talk with Anne Bogart and Elizabeth Streb

    Columbia Festival of the Arts

    Columbia, MD

  • 01.22.2022 — 02.13.2022

    The Medium

    City Theatre

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • 03.31.2022 — 04.01.2022

    The Medium

    The Moore Theater, Dartmouth College

    Hanover, NH

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425