Live Arts Bard 2013-14
Live Arts BardBard College’s residency and commissioning program for the performing arts
Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a laboratory where professional artists in theater, dance, and performance test ideas and develop new projects. Each year, LAB will invite a number of leading artists and companies from the United States and abroad to Bard’s campus to develop and present new and recent works.
This fall’s resident artists include writer-performers Nilaja Sun and Geoff Sobelle, presenting acclaimed theater works while in residence.
Elephant RoomStarring Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah
Written by Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle in collaboration with the magicians; directed by Paul Lazar
Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It’s time to make it all add up . . . in the Elephant Room.
Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah invite you to a place of secrets, of mystery. The place between the back of your mind and the tip of your tongue. Let’s pretend it’s a room—a real room. And you’re really here, in the Elephant Room. Oh, and by the way—your mind was just totally blown clean through the back of your head.
Filled with off-the-wall magic and sublime comedy, Elephant Room examines the childlike wonder of three deluded illusionists who choose to live their off-center lives by sleight of hand.
“Delightfully daft . . . their lovable-loser shtick as well as their nifty skills help turn Elephant Room into one of the coolest places in town.”—New York Times
Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm
Tickets: $25 (suitable for children 13 and up)
Nature Theater of Oklahoma Conceived and directed by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper
Romeo & Juliet
Featuring Anne Gridley ’02 and Robert M. Johanson with Elisabeth Conner
“A hilariously deconstructed take on the enduring classic.”—Time Out New York
“Tell us the plot of Romeo and Juliet.” Thus began a series of phone calls to friends, the exact transcripts of which are performed with vigor and charm by Nature Theater of Oklahoma. As one by one the respondents fumble through the characters and plot points, we realize that when memory lets us down, a necessary creativity takes over. The result is an irreverent and daring romp through Shakespeare’s best-loved play, where our fallible recollections take center stage.
This young American avant-garde theater troupe has received accolades all over the world for their quest to reclaim and reimagine the oral traditions of theater. At times hilarious, at times bizarre, and always disarmingly sincere, Nature Theater of Oklahoma is one of the most important ensembles working in the theater today.
February 21 at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion with the artists
February 22 at 7:30 pm
February 23 at 2 pm
Tickets: $25, Bard students $10
Joanna Kotze Choreography: Joanna Kotze, in collaboration with the dancers
It happened it had happened it is happening it will happen
Featuring Stuart Singer, Netta Yerushalmy, and Joanna Kotze
“A mind capable of transforming a familiar space into something eerie and unrecognizable.”—New York Times
Joanna Kotze is the recipient of the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Full of refreshing, imaginative physicality and delightfully unexpected humanity, this work earned her that recognition. Three dynamic movers—Kotze, Stuart Singer, and Netta Yerushalmy—create a study in contrasts that leaves room for uncertainty between ideas of the known and the unknown.
Sosnoff Stage Right
April 18 at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion with the artists
April 19 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25, Bard students $10
Nilaja SunOpen Rehearsal of Pike Street
Directed by Ron Russell
After sold-out performances at the Fisher Center with her tour-de-force No Child . . . Nilaja Sun returns to Bard to develop Pike Street, a new play about a Lower East Side family during the “storm of the century.” Her work-in-progress residency will culminate in this open rehearsal.
March 1 at 2 pm, followed by a discussion with the artists
Free admission—reservations required via the Box Office