May 23 - 29, 8pm - 10 pm (Every 20 minutes) RCINY Gallery Storefront 573 – 577 Third Avenue, at 38 Street, NYC
4 ALICE A Play written for THE WINDOW by Saviana Stănescu Set Design & Costumes by Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis Choreography by Melanie S. Armer Light Design by Stephen Arnold Video Design by Igor Molochevski & Masha Pekurovsky Directed by Ana Mărgineanu Assistant Director: Patricia Masera With: Robin Johnson, Nick Smerkanich, Inés Garcia
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York presents the second installation of THE WINDOW a Site Specific Theatrical Work in our Midtown storefront space
Created & Directed by Ana Mărgineanu Designed by Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis Written by Saviana Stănescu
“The Window succeeds in its creative transformation of an otherwise nondescript building space that is normally used as a bookstore, a reception area or a meeting place.” – Randy Gener
The Window opens to the city; to the man who told his friends, “Man, I have to see this”, to the frowning gentleman, to the delivery boys from a nearby restaurant who stopped and watched the performance and to all those who, rushed, caught a glimpse of others’ lives when casting a furtive look to a window without a curtain. One gentleman even asked, "What is this? It's a sleep study.”
What more than 2,000 passersby, some stopping to see for a moment, others lingering or watching three shows in a row, had to see was the first installation of The Window, a site-specific theatrical event in the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York’s (RCINY) gallery storefront space, in early April. RCINY will present the second installation of The Window, created by scenic designer Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis, playwright Saviana Stănescu, and director Ana Mărgineanu, who conceived and developed the theatrical project. The coreography is created by Melanie S. Armer (The Nerve Tank), who also created the coreography for the first The Window.
From May 23 through 29, 2012, onlookers will once again have the opportunity to experience theater in a surprising way at the corner of Third Avenue and 38th Street. “The belief in the power of the story is what distinguishes The Window from other attention-getting simulacra in New York…The Window strikes a subtler bargain with spectacle.” (Randy Gener)
U.S.-based Romanian stage designer Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis redesigned RCINY’s Third Avenue storefront gallery space, for which acclaimed Romanian playwright Saviana Stănescu (Waxing West, Aliens with Extraordinary Skills) wrote 4 ALICE, a short play for this re-imagined gallery. In this project the space dictates the shape of the performance as opposed to the normal order of operations where the nature of the play determines the set.
Watch a video of 4 ALICE:
The Window breaks the classic convention of the theatregoer buying a ticket, entering the theatre and just seeing a show. This time, the audience members are in control and decide how long to watch the performance. Pedestrians may view the piece as a “living window” for a few moments, in a quick flash or in its entirety. The Window is RCINY’s first foray into site-specific theater, continuing its support for innovative approaches to emerging art. “Using the window space of the RCINY Gallery for a creative laboratory-like experience, involving Romanian and American artists, is part of our ambition to be a living part of New York City,” says RCINY Director, Corina Şuteu.
Mărgineanu has broad experience in directing shows that offer audiences unforgettable, immersive experiences, in Romania, Mexico and New York. She recently finished the second installation of the Hotel Project, a site-specific international collaboration set in a hotel and performed for one spectator at a time. Upon seeing The Window, Randy Gener exclaimed, “The Romanian-born Ana Mărgineanu is presently one of New York's reigning queens of hyper-intimate one-shot-only conceptually based theater.”
Mărgineanu was thrilled by the public’s response to the first installation of The Window. She explains, “The biggest reward was to see how many people who don't have regular access to a theatrical environment were the most enthusiastic responders.”
The first WINDOW production ran between April 2 through 8, pairing Obie Award winners, playwright Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise) with Romanian scenic designer Nic Ularu. You can watch a video of the very successful run of THE WINDOW's first installment:
Ana Mărgineanu (DIRECTOR/CREATOR) graduated from The National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest. Her work has been presented in New York, Basel, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Graz, Mexico, Prague, Saint Petersburg, Stuttgart, and Vienna as well as the major cities of Romania. Ana received several awards including: Best Play in 2006– Relationship Drama at London Fringe Awards and Romanian Critics Award in 2007 (for The Sunshine Play); Best Show at the Romanian Drama Festival and The Jury Award for Innovation at the Contemporary Drama Festival (for 89, 89 Hot After 89) and Best Show Award at the Romanian Comedy Festival in 2010 (for 5 Miraculous Minutes). Ana received Best Contribution In Romanian Theatre Award in 2008 at the VIP Gala. Ana is a founding member of DramAcum, a directors collective that supports young Romanian playwrights, and of The Internationalists directors collective (NY). She participated in Lincoln Centers Directors Lab 2007. Ana created, developed and directed HOTEL PROJECT, a international collaborative site-specific theatrical event for one person at a time in hotels in Mexico, New Jersey and New York. Ana's recent production Playful Targoviste has been selected to the prestigious New Plays From Europe Theater Biennale Wiesbaden 2012. For more information about her work, visit http://www.anamargineanu.com/
Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis (SET DESIGN & COSTUMES) is a fine artist, set, costume and fashion designer, books illustrator, and creative personality involved in a wide area of projects from theater and film, to personal exhibitions of paintings, drawings, mixed media and installations. Daniela relocated from Romania to New York in 1986 where she worked on several theatre productions as the costume designer for the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It), and for the Broadway productions The Secret Garden, Nick & Nora, Oh Kay, and Romeo & Juliet in collaboration with Theoni Aldredge. In 1993 Daniela was asked to design the costumes for Othello by Verdi at Les Choregies D’Orange in France under the direction of Andrei Serban. For the past 17 years Daniela has worked with world renowned fashion designer Ralph Lauren as Senior Vice President of Design for the Women’s Collection. Daniela continues to work as an artist producing new works from her studio in Connecticut as seen in the profile of her life and work in the book Perfectly Kept House is a Sign of a Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter published by Rizzoli (2011).
Saviana Stănescu (PLAYWRIGHT) is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright. Her work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent productions include “For a Barbarian Woman” (a co-production Fordham/EST directed by Niegel Smith), “Aliens with extraordinary skills”at Women’s Project (published by Samuel French), “Bechnya” at Hudson Theatre in LA, "Waxing West" (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script) at La MaMa Theatre, and many more. Ms Stanescu has published books of poetry and drama including “The New York Plays”, “Aliens With Extraordinary Skills”, “Waxing West”, "Google me!", "Black Milk" and "The Inflatable Apocalypse” (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). Saviana holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting, shared with Rajiv Joseph) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she is on faculty in the Drama Department. She also teaches playwriting at Primary Stages – Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA).Ms Stanescu is the Director of Eastern European Exchange for The Lark Play Development Center, the curator of playgroundzero for undergroundzerofestival, and the founder/president of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (www.IASNY.us).
Melanie S. Armer (COREOGRAPHY) is an acclaimed theater director based in New York who specializes in hybrid performance, site-responsive movement, and immersive, large-scale events. She is the co-founder of The Nerve Tank, where she developed and directed the interactive multimedia piece The Attendants at chashama and at Arts World Financial Center. Work with other NYC theater companies includes The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women's Project & Productions, New Georges, Theater for the New City, and over 25 plays for Circle East. Ms. Armer assisted Leonard Foglia on the Broadway revival of Wait Until Dark and director Michael Warren Powell on Lanford Wilson's A Sense of Place. She is a member of SSDC, a proud alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and has taught at Marymount Manhattan College and Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She recently became the Creative Director of the Cosmic Opera series featuring internationally-renowned DJ Axwell. www.melaniearmer.com
Stephen Arnold (LIGHT DESIGN). Stephen’s lighting style reflects a provocative movement in sculptural lighting. His work strives to build a cohesive visual environment, amplifying the overt, and subtle intentions associated with each collaboration’s unique arc and vision. With a degree in Theatre Lighting Design from Columbia College Chicago, his work spans the genres of live performing arts. Stephen has worked on collaborations with a diversity of artists and companies including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Robert Ashely, Maya Beiser, Rennie Harris, Ralph Lemon, Ibrahim Quarishi, Norscq, Mike Ladd, Vijay Iyer, Pamela Z, Atalee Judy, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Mabou Mines and Theatreworks USA. His work has been presented in festivals including Springdance, Kontracom, Venice Bienalle, BAM’s Next Wave, Dance Chicago, and Festival Internacional Música y Escena, and in 26 countries around the world.
Igor Molochevski (VIDEO) is a new media artist, documentary film maker, photographer. His work is based on mixed media and technology reintegration. His workflow includes live coding, interactive and generative programing, kinetic sculptures, sound design and digital imaging. His work is defined by de-structuralization of visual and conceptual parigim . His installations have been exhibited alongside such artists as Ai Wei Wei, Komar & Melamid, Ernst Neizvestny, Michael Chemiakin.www.glitchfairy.com
Ukraine-born Israeli-American, Masha Pekurovsky (VIDEO) is an emerging VJ artist and co-founder of GlitchFairy an experimental video art duo (www.glitchfairy.com). Drawing upon her passion for design and live video performance, Masha is creating within context and between disciplines. Her current work The Window-I was just thinking is an exploration of visual perception, composition and depth. Masha holds a B.Arch. from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and is currently a M.Sc.Arch. student at Pratt Institute.
Patricia Masera (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) was born in Asuncion, Paraguay. She has a B.A. in English Language (Paraguay, 2003). In 1997 she co-founded the Aerial Theatre Group Nhi-Mu (www.nhimu.com) a ground breaking theatre alternative for the Paraguayan scene. She has produced plays, T.V. commercials and industrial events with Nhi-Mu (1997-present), and also at the Bi-National Cultural Center (CCPA) in Asuncion, Paraguay. In 2006 she was awarded the B’nai Brith award for excellence in Theatre; that same year she was also awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship to North Carolina School of the Arts, where she obtained her MFA in Performing Arts Management. Her most recent activities include: Producing the multidisciplinary project En Borrador – Teatro en construccion, directed by Paola Irun (Paraguay, 2010) , Belonging , a short piece in collaboration with Paola Irun performed at the Artistic Forum by Hybrid Theater Works in New York City (Feb. 2011) and shown again in Paraguay in July 2011 and Ninguna, with Nhi-Mu in Paraguay (2011). She is currently working as a producer for the documentary film Cloudy Times.
Robin Johnson (ALICE) is pursuing her BFA in Drama at New York University. She has most recently been seen in New Studio on Broadway’s A Julius Caesar Project, Tisch GAP Productions’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Tisch Stageworks’ 40 in 24. She has worked with the Fort Hill Players, Missoula Children’s Theater, NRHS Theatreworks, and the Play Group Theater, and has danced with A Dance Studio and City Center Dance. She is currently developing a movement piece entitled Gravity with other NYU Class of 2013 students, and is thrilled to be joining the team of The Window.
Nick Smerkanich (GUY / WHITE RABBIT / MAD HATTER) is a recent graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Past credits within NYU include, "Whispering Well" (self directed and collaborative dance piece), "The Walk Across America for Mother Earth" (dir. Paul Zimet and Taylor Mac), "Coyote and Uncle Dale's Sack of Stones" (dir. Karmenlara Ely), "Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden" (dir. Will Detlefsen). Nick is also a member of the New York based theatre company MultiPurposeRoom, and was last seen in its production of Pinter's "The Birthday Party." www.nicksmerkanich.weebly.com
Inés García (WOMAN / MOM / GRINNING CAT / HOOKAH-SMOKING CATERPILLAR) earned her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS) in Creating Original Work and Acting. For the past two years she has worked in New York, New Jersey and internationally as a director, actress/dancer and teacher. She most recently co-founded Buffoonocene Productions with Seth Baum (Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, www.sethbaum.com), which creates new works built on scientific research to stimulate dialogue and promote activism regarding climate change. The project was debuted at this year’s Nature, Ecology and Society Colloquium at the CUNY Graduate Center and the newest video will be available on YouTube soon! She currently plays the role of María Teresa in En el tiempo de las mariposas at the Spanish Repertory and will be directing El coordinador there in August as a recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship (www.repertorio.org).
Special thanks to New York Theatre Workshop.
[Photos by GODLIS for the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York]
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