SITI COMPANY

Built on the bedrock of ensemble, 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 artists, audiences and ideas inspires the possibility for change, optimism and hope, SITI is rising to meet the moment with digital programming, including a film of their live show, FALLING & LOVING – a collaboration with STREB Extreme Action and Montclair State University’s Peak Performances; a new film based on their acclaimed production of Room; and Talking into the Future, a dynamic symposia series, as well as online training and workshops. SITI’s premier production of The Medium, not seen on stage since 1997, will be rebooted to tour in 21/22. Lauded for their depth, innovation, and for continually challenging the status quo, SITI is theater for the curious and informed global citizen.

NDP TOUR SUPPORT AVAILABLE.

The Medium

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Adapted from the works by Marshall McLuhan
Concept/Direction by Anne Bogart
Created and Performed by SITI Company
Set and Lighting by Brian H Scott

Based on the writings and theories 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 than it was in 1993.

SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action Company: FALLING & LOVING*

(NDP Fee 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

Hailed by The New York Times as “..straight up beautiful and incredibly funny” and a “brilliant new dance-theater piece” by NJArts, Anne Bogart and SITI Company join forces with Elizabeth Streb and her company STREB Extreme Action, in an exhilarating collaboration that is visceral and dramaturgically revolutionary. Featuring selections from the cannon of playwright Charles L. Mee Jr, and Streb’s latest invention a 52  bucket Guck Machine suspended overhead, 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.

*Social Distanced Programming: Virtual Artist Talk & Online Streaming

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)

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.

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

  • Technology: Zoom

  • 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

ROOM, the film – Virtual Presentation

In 2000, SITI premiered Room – a one woman play about the room to move, the room to breathe, and the room to imagine based on the writings of Virginia Woolf. SITI’s highly acclaimed theatrical production of Room has toured nationally to 16 venues since its premiere and the NY Times called it a “tense and urgent pursuit of the ever elusive truth.”

Now 20 years later in the midst of a global pandemic, three SITI artists took their artistic exploration of Woolf and the notion of a ‘creative room’ outside the realm of the theater – this time looking at it through the medium of film. In this moment of introspection and isolation, where gathering in rooms together is dangerous and many are sensing an unnatural suspension of time, Room has never felt more relevant. Shot in the beautiful West Fulton countryside in upstate New York, the film traces the movement of a creative spirit in exquisite crisis that mirrors our own. Imagine a room. A woman stares through a window into the sunlight of a very particular afternoon. She ponders life and continuity and expression.

Details:

  • Access to film to screen digitally

  • Multimedia talk w/Q&A

  • SITI Company members: Ellen Lauren, Brian H Scott, and Darron L West

  • Film in 70-90 minutes approx (50-minute film followed by 20-40-minute Q&A session)

  • Attendance is based on what is allowed by streaming platform

Description: Ahead of the presentation, presenters are invited to share Room the film with their audiences via a private link. Viewing can be done at the audiences’ leisure or directly before the Q&A. SITI artists will then begin with a conversation, which may be moderated by presenter, about the making of the film and live questions can be asked during the “live chat” portion of the Q&A session.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

SUZUKI METHOD OF ACTOR TRAINING

Contact Pentacle for details.

VIEWPOINTS TRAINING

Contact Pentacle for details.

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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.

  • FALLING & LOVING

    The New York Times

  • FALLING & LOVING

    NJ Arts

  • FALLING & LOVING

    NJ Arts

  • FALLING & LOVING

    NJ Arts

  • 07.28.2020

    Virtual: Streaming 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

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