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Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room's physical theater performance, The Last One, tour to Summerhall at 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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The Last One performance at The Electric Lodge, Los Angeles, CA 2017
The Last One performance at The Electric Lodge, Los Angeles, CA 2017

“Innovative and evocative American play raises bar of artistic standards”

-Daily Excelsior at the 2018 International Theatre Olympics

Donate now to help Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room bring their newest performance, The Last One, to Summerhall at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Last One

Directed by Gema Galiana; performed by Julian Sandoval, Jessica Hemingway/Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev; original music by Michael Daregon; Stage Manager Mario Ruíz Sorube; Light Design by Jorge Diez Urrea; Producer Sal Mannino; Public Relations Möbius Industries

The Last One is a call to arms to preserve Epic Beauty. The metaphysically anxious final thoughts of a dying, anonymous pigeon meet the death of the final Kauai O’o bird - singing a mating song, on the eve of its extinction, waiting for a response that will never come. From ritualistic dialogue with the Mystery of existence to the soulless competition of human progress, The Last One is a fight against our inertia towards destruction.

"It is a physical TOUR-DE-FORCE for the three actors, and they are exciting to watch…. The choreography and staging, though sometimes BRUTAL and VIOLENT, is BEAUTIFUL due to its AUTHENTICITY and realism. None of the actors hold back. THEY ARE FEARLESS."

-See Dance News (Los Angeles)

SUMMERHALL @2018 Edinburgh Fringe

The Last One is invited to the Rose Bruford curated program at Summerhall - a leading venue in one of the world's largest theatre festivals, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

The Last One will run August 3-22, 2018, amongst other renowned physical theatre, dance, and circus performances from around the world.

It is an opportunity for Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room to meet programmers and press, and to introduce our work to larger venues around the world.

In order to make this a reality, a major fundraising effort is underway. We've raised a partial amount of what we need through tax deductible private donations, but we must raise an additional $5,500 to make the tour possible. 

This $5,500 will help cover:

  • Travel to Edinburgh from the US for the creative team 
  • Daily living stipends and artist fees
  • Accommodation during the festival for three-weeks in Edinburgh
  • Hiring top London-based public relations team, Mobiüs Industries
  • Set shipping fees

Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room

is Spanish-American Brutal Physical Theatre originally from Poland. Galiana is from Spain; Nikolchev is from California; they met in residence at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. They are now based in Los Angeles. Their work impossibly balances on the absurdity of human truths that can only be revealed on stage.

GEMA GALIANA is a Spanish-born actress, performer, director and award-winning photographer. She was a founding member of The Studio Matejka Physical Theatre Laboratory in residence at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland from 2010-2012. She has performed with Matej Matejka in Poland, Vivien Wood in the UK, Company TDU in London, Newcastle, central Europe and India, and Efi Birba (Res Ratio Network) in Athens. She is the co-Artistic Director of Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room, and recently directed the performance The Last One, which has toured Los Angeles (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Electric Lodge, The Actor's Gang), and India (The 8th International Theatre Olympics).

The Last One, presented at the 2018 International Theatre Olympics (New Delhi, India)
The Last One, presented at the 2018 International Theatre Olympics (New Delhi, India)

ANTHONY NIKOLCHEV is a California-born actor, writer and director. He's worked under Yuri Kordonsky, Matej Matejka, Vivien Wood, Gema Galiana and others. He was a founding member of The Studio Matejka Physical Theatre Laboratory in residence at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland from 2010-2012. His original solo performances - Look, What I Don't Understand and The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me have toured the USA and Europe, winning Best Actor Awards at the world's largest solo performance festival - NYC's The United SOLO Festival. He is the recipient of 8 Best Actor Awards from international film and theatre festivals, and his work has been called "a tour de force" by the LA Times. He teaches Movement to MFA and BFA actors at the CalArts School of Theater. He is the co-Artistic Director of Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room.

For more information: www.galianaandnikolchev.com

The Last One performance at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA 2017
The Last One performance at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA 2017

The upcoming Edinburgh Festival performance of The Last One is part of Rose Bruford at Summerhall:

Venue: 26 Summerhall 1 Summerhall Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Summerhall Box Office: 0131 560 1581 Fringe Box Office: 0131 226 0000 festival18.summerhall.co.uk

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