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PS21 Presents PASCAL RAMBERT: “THE ART OF THEATER,” AND “WITH MY OWN HANDS,” WITH ACTORS JIM FLETCHER AND ISMAIL IBN CONNER

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents “The Art of Theater” and “With My Own Hands,” Copresented With the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival.

Following their residency at PS21 in December 2021, celebrated French playwright and director Pascal Rambert, actors Jim Fletcher and Ismail ibn Conner, and translator Nicholas Elliott return to PS21’s Black Box Theater for four public performances of The Art of Theater and With My Own Hands. This engagement is copresented with The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.

The Art of Theater

The Art of Theater, composed in 2007, is a manifesto about the nature of dramatic acting, spoken by a single actor who addresses, not the audience, but his dog, who patiently attends to his master’s voice. The audience, in effect, eavesdrops on the monologue. Fletcher, who co-starred with Kate Moran in Rambert’s two-character Love’s End (Clôture de l’Amour), previously appeared at PS21 in 2019, in the title role of Compagnie l’heliotrope’s Pollock.

With My Own Hands

Since it was first performed in 1993, Rambert has adapted this protean meditation on the human condition, a soliloquy spoken by a wounded psyche on the brink of suicide, for a series of settings and performers, including the American actor Kate Moran in 2007. At the time, he said, “I wrote this text to be played by both men and women, young and old.” At PS21, Conner, who has performed widely in Centre Dramatique National Orléans’ production of Jean Genet’s Splendid’sand many other theatrical works, will embody the role of protagonist of this searing, enigmatic monologue. The work is a puzzle of dark ideas on the nature of the human condition, performed with a somber humor. 

About the Under The Radar Festival

Held each January, the Under The Radar Festival is widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. Under the Radar has presented works by such respected artists as Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, and Young Jean Lee. These artists provide a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form. Housed at the Public Theater in NYC since its founding in 2004, this year’s 17th edition takes to the road, partnering with PS21 to bring this cutting edge programming to our state-of-the-art theater in Chatham, NY. 

DATE/TIME: January 14 – January 23, 2022
January 14 / 7pm
January 15 / 3pm

January 22 / 3pm
January 23 / 3pm

TICKETS: $25 – $45
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LOCATION: PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037

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‘Phasmes and Hêtre’ by Compagnie Libertivore US Premier at PS21, Dec 21

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents the US Premier of ‘Phasmes and Hêtre, two signature works of Compagnie Libertivore, at PS21, December 21–22.

Written and choreographed by Fanny Soriano with her trademark merging of dance and acrobatics, Phasmes (2017) is a duet that explores the intimate encounter between human beings and the natural world. It is a companion piece to the earlier Hêtre (2015), a solo work that dramatizes a young woman’s retreat from the world into a mysterious, dreamlike forest. Together they form a diptych, displays of aerial and earthbound movement that are visually mesmerizing, in turns delicate and poetic, acrobatic and muscular.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 21 & Wednesday, December 22, 2021 / 7pm

TICKETS: $40 general, $30 for PS21 members (ticketing fees waived), $20 for students and youth
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LOCATION: PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Special Guests Caleb Teicher & Company at PS21, Jul 24

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Special Guests Caleb Teicher & Company, on July 24th.

Orpheus’ 34 member musicians work together as a collective and rotate leadership roles for all works performed, giving flight to unconventional interpretations. This democratic structure also extends to organizational functions including programming and governance: the orchestra elects three members to Artistic Director positions and three to the Board of Trustees.

Caleb Teicher is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer specializing in musically-driven dance traditions and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Teicher began their career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dorrance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance (The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group), Lindy Hop (Syncopated City Dance Company), and musical theater (West Side Story International Tour and London).

As a solo performer and collaborator, Teicher is known for choreographic collaborations with diverse musical talents: world-champion beatboxer Chris Celiz, composer/pianist Conrad Tao; the National Symphony Orchestra, and indie rock legends Ben Folds and Regina Spektor.

In 2015, Caleb shifted their creative focus towards Caleb Teicher & Company, a creative home for incubating new concert dance works from Teicher’s unique perspective.

Toronto-based percussionist Britton-René Collins finds passion in the art of contemporary percussion performance. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, Britton-René has dedicated her artistry to shaping a more inclusive community for all musicians to thrive in equally. She was awarded the Ambassador Prize for exceptional musicianship and demonstrating an active commitment to creating social change through her music. She recently launched a blog where she discusses her experiences in facing various challenges as a minority musician.

Britton-René actively expands her knowledge and skills in a vast pool of contrasting genres, which she believes enhances her musicianship and performance techniques. Her experience includes studies of classical, contemporary, global, and new music.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 24, 2021 / 8:30pm

TICKETS: $100 – $200
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LOCATION: PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037

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‘The Dark Master’ US Premier at PS21, Jun 17

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents the US Premier of ‘The Dark Master’, on June 17th. Psychiatrist-turned-director/playwright Kuro Tanino creates an unconventional presentation of his “part fable, part dream play” The Dark Master. Co-presented with Japan Society NYC.

Inspired by an indie manga, this immersive and humorously dark experimental theater piece utilizes Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to transform the viewer into the play’s protagonist, an unassuming patron of a traditional Japanese diner. Performed by Tanino’s experimental theater company Niwa Gekidan Penino, the story depicts the strange, symbiotic relationship that develops between the guest and the restaurant’s owner-chef simply called “The Master.” Borrowing the dramaturgy of first-person video games, the viewer experiences first-hand how the Master’s all-consuming persona highjacks the identity of his victims in a novel production that collapses the border between reality and illusion.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 17, 2021 – Sunday, June 20
Thursday 6/17: 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Friday 6/18: 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Saturday 6/19: 4 pm, 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Sunday 6/20: 11 am & 5 pm

COST: $24 – $80
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The Dark Master participants will be seated in individual socially distanced “stations” on the PS21 stage.

LOCATION: PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037

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PS21’s Essential Cinema – Francine Prose Selects: Diabolique, Aug 24

PS21’s Essential Cinema ARTISTS’ CHOICE SERIES: Cinematic works are screened in PS21’s open-air pavilion, and chosen by a variety of notable artists of various disciplines living and working in the Hudson Valley, illustrating how cinema has inspired their work. Participating Artists: Joan Juliet Buck, Francine Prose, Ian Buruma, Nicole Ansari, Winsome Brown, and Brian Cox

FRANCINE PROSE selects the second film in the Artists’ Choice Series, DIABOLIQUE (1955) Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.(French with English subtitles, 117 minutes, Black & White)

About the Film:
Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique. This thriller shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S. It is the story of two women—the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys’ boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse.

DATE/TIME: Monday, August 24, 2020 / 7pm – 10pm

COST: $20 for 2 seats
Seating is limited to 25 distanced pairs.

LOCATION:
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037

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