I have been working to create a compilation of videos and articles of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR, to share, and finally, I have it complete. For those of you who were not able to be with us, below is a glimpse of the three weeks of two shows and an exhibition.
With the support of three organizations whose missions I deeply admire–The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Arts Center and The Invisible Dog Art Center–we premiered a trilogy of works, CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR, for three weeks, September 7-23, 2017. It was humbling, terrifying and exhilarating to have the unique opportunity to present this trilogy together and to witness how deeply the works informed and challenged one another.
For myself, personally, to have had the honor of working intensely with such an amazing, generous group of artists, was astounding and life changing. Being surrounded by these people and the audience was a blessing every single night. Eva Yaa Asentawaa said it best in a reflection for her blog InfiniteBody:
“Their bodies contain so much and such diverse information, so much imprinting and history, from disparate sources. And–I began to realize–so much wisdom.”
Below are three short video teasers for CAST, STAGE, and AUTHOR created by Peter Richards.
What started as a series of conversations between myself and 15 powerful NYC performers transformed to a complex dialogue on how agency is structured, how decision-making is distributed and how we all participate in the authorship of images and narratives. The trilogy evolved over the course of the past year to be a dynamic rendering of our questions about what a cast, a body of people, serve to represent.
“[STAGE] is enough to make us stop in our tracks and reconsider everything we have been led to believe about theater.” – Hilary Tanabe for Culturebot
The Team of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR
Director & Choreographer: Yanira Castro
Collaborators & Performers: Kyle Bukhari, Simon Courchel, Leslie Cuyjet, devynn emory, Iréne Hultman, Luke Miller, Sai Somboon, David Thomson, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Pamela Vail, Tara Aisha Willis, Darrin Wright
Contributing Artists: John Hoobyar, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Heather Olson
Installation/Lighting Designer: Kathy Couch
Costume Designer (Masks for STAGE): Miodrag Guberinic
Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau
Composer/Programmer/Interaction Designer: Stephan Moore
Musicians for STAGE: Scott Smallwood, Suzanne Thorpe
Video for AUTHOR: Peter Richards
Stage Managers: Lillie De (CAST), Reilly Horan (STAGE)
Tech Crew for STAGE: Kris Bergbom, Natalie Davery
Transcribers: Stormy Budwig, Emie Hughes
Marketing Assistant: Tara Sheena
Interns: Noor Qasim, Zachary Grand, Chloe Tausk