The Deconstructive Theatre ProjectBrooklyn, NY
The Deconstructive Theatre Project (DTP) is a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit ensemble performance laboratory that exists to devise and premiere new multidisciplinary work. The company is dedicated to producing performances that experiment with the relationships between theatrical vocabularies, content, and form and to providing broad community access to its process and productions. The company is currently creating a series of projects at the intersection of live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology. DTP pursues this mission by creating and executing programming in three symbiotic categories: artistic development and production, integrated theatre education, and community outreach.
The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s permanent ensemble collaboratively gestates and premieres one original live performance approximately every year using the company’s three-stage creative model: Development of Performance Vocabulary, Devising of Content, and Editing and Rehearsal.
The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s inaugural theatrical production was Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (2006). Over seven subsequent years the company has devised and premiered Brecht & Co. (2007), The Girlie Show (2007), a site-specific adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard’s Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama (2009), an original two-actor cirque adaptation of Antigone (2011), and most recently The Orpheus Variations (2012 & 2013). Documentary footage of The Orpheus Variations was subsequently installed as part of “Um, Nenhum e Cem Mil,” a visual art exhibition exploring the intersection of art and neuroscience at Edge Arts in Lisbon, Portugal. In mid-2013, the company began work on its newest production, Searching for Sebald, set to premiere in New York City in February 2015.
The company’s integrated theatre education program is designed and executed in partnership with Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School (WCCS) in south Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The program is rooted in the philosophy that theatre is a method through which to explore individual and collective curiosity and is not an art form that can properly exist in a vacuum. To this end, the theatrical education is integrated into existing courses of study such as language, science, and history and is presented as a tool with which to better engage with the world. DTP Teaching Artists meet with WCCS students between the ages of 10 and 13 to conduct 5 four-hour practical devised theatre-making workshops and to dialogue with students about theatre as both a profession and as a tool of communication and civic dialogue. Over the past two years, the program has reached over 200 students.
The organization’s audience outreach program, entitled dtpE – The Deconstructive Theatre Project EXPERIENCE, invites community members to contribute to and engage with conceptual and formal elements of the company’s annual production during its development process. dtpE events are designed through collaborations with community partners – venues, food and beverage providers, local artists – and are designed to integrate the community into the full life cycle of creative development – ultimately enhancing their experience of the final performance. Recent dtpE events were Evocative Objects (community partners Film Biz Recycling, Anthony’s on 4th, Brooklyn Brewery), This is Your Brain on Art (community partners: 3rd Ward, Sigmund’s Pretzels, NYC Kettle Corn, Brooklyn Brewery), and Sense Memory (community partners Dirty Sugar Creative Studio, chef Jeff Creager, photographer James Reddington, and five local musicians).
The Deconstructive Theatre Project has received local and international development and performance residencies from The Stuart Street Playhouse, Chez Bushwick, The Center for Performance Research, Middle Collegiate Church, The School of Making Thinking, Kunsthof Tangendorf, IRT Theater, the Magic Futurebox, Edge Arts, HERE, NACL, and the Theater at the 14th Street Y, and has performed in Boston, New York City, and the Catskills. The press has identified the company for “masterfully reinvent[ing] what live theater can mean for the individual, while illuminating the utter complexity and subjectivity of our own consciousness,” and has called the company’s work “so purposeful and…not only unique, but also innovatively reflective on the future of the performing arts,” and “within an experimental genealogy that includes such trail-blazers as The Wooster Group and The Builders Association.”