I'm incredibly thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Abby Bender, and the wonderful collection of artists she's assembled to help create this strange and beautiful show. It is unlike anything either of us has ever done or attempted in our careers, and there can be nothing more frightening, thrilling and possibly disastrous than that.
I feel immensely humbled, extraordinarily challenged and slightly terrified to be exposing myself. I mean I'm not really EXPOSING myself...I mean... I'm exposing myself to new things. I mean... It's a rare opportunity to be able to practice the act of play as a grown-up. There is a way that this show forces me to lose my self-awareness that is completely new.
Triskelion Arts Presents
This Title Will Not Change
starring Abby Bender
directed by Charles Gushue
May 3-6, 2012. 8pm
2012′s season promises a whole-new experience. This evening-length work is assembled from material donated by a wealth of talented dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, writers and clowns. Driven to experiment with a creative process that contrasted her usual approach to dance-making, Bender and Gushue asked participating artists to meet individually with Bender to explore and/or set their short material. No themes were set. No restrictions were placed. The pair have catalogued the ostensibly incongruous dances, text, improvisational content and comedic sketches, resulting in an extraordinary mélange that is part memoir, part metaphor, part myth. This Title Will Not Change is, in fact, rife with change and its own inner logic, a surreal and surprisingly navigable journey into the cluttered landscape of the performer’s ID. The work shares the history and the humility of Bender’s psyche, and helps audiences understand why friendship and home always trump the minutia. A visual bacchanal, the show subdivides the theater into 3 worlds that are slowly revealed and absorbed into the next. An office is swallowed up by a junkyard. Finally, with the help of full audience participation, order prevails, exposing a magical scenery that has actually been there all along.With contributions from Andrew Dickerson, Katie Federowicz, Jessica Gaynor, Peter Kyle, Jonathan Ciccarelli, Zoe Schieber, Stefanie Nelson, Leanne Schmidt, Nadia Tykulsker, Alex Springer, Xan Burley, Don Dilego, Brent Alberghini, Rebecca M. Sproul, Jeff Seal, Billy Schultz, Will Carlough, Sydney Maresca, Stephanie Sleeper, Roberta Kirn, Karesia Batan, Marisa Gruneberg, Charmian Wells, Richard Harrington, Lyz Merida, Cassie Tunick, Alexis Iammarino, Cristina Jesurun, Laura Sargent Hall, Jackie Moynahan, Dave Gochfeld and Amy Larimer
Triskelion Arts Presents
June 8-10, 2012 at 8pm
New short works by Abby Bender Schmantze Theatre. Featuring choreography by Abby Bender and past and current company members Charles Gushue, Jonathan Ciccarelli, Karesia Batan, Cristina Jesurun, Katie Federowicz and others. This evening of diverse dances is sure to offer up comic poignancy and potent choreography.
Is the only way to make this once in a lifetime endeavor possible. Here is a breakdown of how it will be spent:
$1000 Set, Equipment and Labor
- Including a brand new backdrop by Alexis Iammarino
$3000 Artists Fees for both shows
$850 Costumes and props
- Including multiple fabulous costumes by the amazing Sydney Maresca
- Postcards and Printing
*Additional money earned will go to increasing artist fees. Current artists' fees represent a less than minimum wage stipend.
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