Posted by: Anya Martin | October 18, 2008

Rules of Play

Thoughts on Liga by Kassys in The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

My “blogleague” (that’s blog and colleague together) Justin, is right in comparing Amsterdam-based theatre company Kassys‘ production of Liga to the “Brilliant Orange” 1970’s Dutch soccer teams. While I don’t know a thing about soccer in general, much less orange wearing soccer dynasties of Holland during the 1970s – I do believe that sports and good theatre have a lot to do with one another. (See How Steeler Fans Can Watch Theatre Like the Pros 😉 )

Aside from the occasional orange uniform or orange costume, aside from the whole point of my first article relating the parallel terminology in both theatre and sports–there are even more relevant bonds, which tie these two events to the core of human behavior. These essential bonds are the rules of play.

rules of the game

rules of the game

Read More…

Advertisements
Posted by: Justin Hopper | October 17, 2008

Kassys in Liga: Part 2

…in which the blogger goes on a crazy tangent about Kassys, the Netherlands, and the 1974 World Cup.

Total Theater

Total Theater

Total Theater Read More…

Posted by: Justin Hopper | October 17, 2008

Kassys in Liga: Part 1

…in which the blogger writes a proper review of Kassys’ Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts show.

Attention, Children!

In the beginning of the live portion of Liga, the actors of Amsterdam’s theater troupe Kassys stiffly walk onto the stage, their legs like stilts, their ruddy faces blank with unknowing. Read More…

Posted by: Justin Hopper | October 16, 2008

Notes on Teatro de los Sentidos

Teatro de los Sentidos

Teatro de los Sentidos

 

 

 

 

Flying By Those Nets

Ours are prosaic times. Read More…

Posted by: Anya Martin | October 16, 2008

Finding strength in fragility

 

Echo of a Shadow opens as a part of the Pittsburgh International Festvial of Firsts

How do you put into words a gentle rocking of your childhood imagination?  I have sat here for some time struggling for a first sentence. Language is mostly linear.  Letters fall into words and words to sentences.  And yet as a child when first writing letters, each one seemed to have a personality, smiling back at me from the page.  O was fat and amiable, N grounded and practical, A aspiring.

As a writer, I have never been able to write love poetry to my husband.  Somehow the words always feel false and flavorless, like a mass produced dinner from Applebees or a lump of raw tofu.  And here I am, trying to put Echo of a Shadow by Barcelonan theatre company Teatro De Los Sentidos into words and sentences, through a rational and logic. 

And I apologize, dear blog readers, because it feels like serving a dry scone to your guests after guiltily gulping down the richest chocolate cake in the world.

teatro de lost sentidos

teatro de lost sentidos

Read More…

Posted by: Anya Martin | October 15, 2008

Honesty in the Art of Lying

Kassys

Kassys

“Daily fake behavior” is a theme in the US Premiere of Amsterdam-based Kassys new show Liga says founding company member Liesbeth Gritter. Liga opens this Thursday at the New Hazlett Theater.
Read More…

Posted by: Justin Hopper | October 14, 2008

Peter Reder’s Guided Tour

Tour-ism

Angel of History

Angel of History

 

Looking over her shoulder, standing on a pedestrian bridge somewhere in suburban London, the Angel of History sees mile after mile of wreckage and ruin: The motorway, the ring-road around London, the highways and overpasses that run like history’s scars across the face of England and the Western World.

This is Peter Reder’s Angel of History Read More…

Posted by: Anya Martin | October 14, 2008

A Guided Tour, But Not a Shared Journey

Peter Reder's Guided Tour

Peter Reder’s Guided Tour of the Carnegie Art and History Museums begins with ironic commentary about the structure of the “guided tour.” Reder explains that recently he’s read a book about giving guided tours, so no need to worry he knows what he’s doing. With the tell tale mark of a practiced guide, he gently explains, “Now I can’t talk very loud, so you’ll all have to gather round me.” The polite and seasoned performing arts crowd follows his commands eagerly, yet politely maintaining the proper amount of personal space at all times.

 

 

Read More…

Posted by: Justin Hopper | October 13, 2008

Vieux From Abroad

Malian Cowboy

Malian Cowboy

The call-and-response relationship between Africa’s guitar-based music and American blues is cited constantly, and has been well explored in the past decade

Read More…

Posted by: Justin Hopper | October 12, 2008

Review of Gravity of Light

Gravity‘s Rainbows

Ganjin

Ganjin

 

 

 

 

Against the far wall of the Strip District’s beautifully decrepit Pipe Building, Ganjin stands, as it seems he always has. Twenty-two feet tall, the iconic photo-sculpture might otherwise be the focus of all eyes upon entering the building. Read More…

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »

Categories