Instructions to Decode A(n In)human Transformation InTandem

About This Show

Instructions to Decode A(n In)human Transformation, a punk “roach” cabaret inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Performed by a cast of three, directed by Ryan Justesen with an original score by Millca Paranosic and video mapping by Fernando Timba, the show uses an amalgamation of sound, words and music to explore the world of Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of Kafka’s masterpiece, following his transformation into a bug. It is also an existential meditation on the numbness of nine-to-five jobs as well as contemporary notions of family.

About the Artists

Gisela Cardenas  has directed, performed and written in the UK, Germany, Peru, Romania, Brasil, The Netherlands, Norway and USA. Awards: Princes Grace Theater Fellowship, Women’s Project Director’s Lab, TCG/ NEA Career Development Program. Has an M.A in Performance Studies (NYU) and an M.F.A in Directing (Columbia University). Recent credits: Aeschylus “Agamemnon” (Drama Desk Nomination);”Antigone” (“Sibiu International Theater Festival—Romania), Euripides’ Medea, Brecht’s In The Jungle of Cities, Richard III in Norway, Weskler’s “The Kitchen”, Fassbinder’s Katzelmaher, Peter Asmussen’s “Nobody Meets Anyone” in Brazil. Devised work in development: “Carmen” and a play about organ transplantation.

Ryan Justesen faculty at NYU/Tisch (Playwrights Horizons). Credits include: The Ohio Theatre, The Kitchen, PS122 and others. Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” at the O’Neill-NTI. Currently developing “The Russian Poet Prefers….”, based on the writings of Edouard Limonov. Studied with SITI Company (Saratoga & NYC). MFA: Columbia University.

Milica Paranosic is a critically and internationally acclaimed composer, performing artist and educator. Milica holds a Masters Degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where she has been on the music faculty since her graduation. Her work was commissioned by major NYC organizations such as the American Composers Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Buglisi Dance Theater and has appeared on stages of Symphony Space, Zankel Hall/Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall/Lincoln Center, BAM café, Bohemian National Hall and many others. International and intercontinental highlights include BEMUS (Belgrade, Serbia), EtnaFest (Catania, Italy) and Internacional De Música Contemporânea, (Bahia, Brazil).

Fernando Timba  has worked as Art Director for Film. He is a video and video-mapping designer for Opera, Film and Theater in Brazil. Past Credits include: Caetano Veloso’s Zii e Zee, Alexander Nevsky with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. Selected opera credits: AIDA, Carmen, Rigolletto and La Boheme. Theater credits include Felipe Hirsch‘s Puzzle, at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2013 and Peter Asmussen’s Nobody Meets Anybody directed by Gisela Cardenas in Sao Paulo- Brazil.

Vivian Chiu has appeared in the Broadway International tour of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Selected New York credits include Agamemnon, directed by Gisela Cardenas at Vortex Theater Company; Limbs: A Pageant at Here Arts Center; and an off-Broadway revival of Night Over Taos, directed by Estelle Parsons at Intar Theatre. Her TV and film credits include The Blacklist, Beijing, New York, OVUM, The Heart She Holler, Infinite Challenge (Korean MBC networks).

Derya Celikkol  is an actor, writer, director based in New York.  Born in Istanbul, Turkey, she moved to New York to find a new home at the Experimental Theatre Wing of the Tisch School of the Arts, from where she graduated in May after producing her original play, BITE. During her time in New York, she has been in many productions including works of John Jesurun and Pascal Rambert as well as many films. She is interested in making her own work which focuses on being as precise as possible while leaving space for the audience’s own journeys.

Katie Proulx  is an actor, movement director, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. Favorite roles include Pol/Gilly Bomb in Before You Get Too Far Afield, Diane in The Thugs, and Miranda in An Evening With Ladley and Craig. Katie works as a teaching artist with Opening Act New York and the CUNY Creative Arts Team, and is learning to play the mandolin. A proud graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA Acting program, she is thrilled to be part of Instructions2Decode.

Sarin Monae West  is grateful to be alive and thriving in New York City right now. Sarin was most recently seen as Selin/Allison in “Head Over Heels” with RSKITAL theatre company, and at Maria in “Vanishing Point” with the International Fringe Festival. She is a proud alumni of Oklahoma City University, the National Theatre Institute and the British American Drama Academy. Thank you to Gisela and Justin for this incredible opportunity to play and to work! Thanks to Mom and Dad for their constant support.

Michelle Rose Cagianese is one half of the Warner Chappell-signed alternative pop duo Frances Rose. She has been featured on the Republic recording artist Seven Lions’ EP “The Throes of Winter” and has performed with Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange on NPR’s WYNC soundcheck. She has also recorded strings and arranged music for Atlantic artists The Knocks and played live with downtown gothic punk outfit Hussle Club. Michelle has been playing cello since the age of seven. She studied classical cello and experimental theatre at Bennington College in Vermont and continues her studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music.

Monday, Feb. 22 at 7:30pm

General Admission
$12 in advance
$15 at the door

Students / Seniors / ID NYC

Estimated Runtime
75 minutes

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Artists of InTandem, a performance lab enviroment
Derya Celikkol, Katie Proulx, Sarin Monae West

Michelle Rose Cagianese

Co-created & written by
Gisela Cardenas

Co-created & directed by
Ryan Justesen

Lighting Designer
Christina Watanabe

Produced by
Vivian Chiu

Milica Paranosic

Video Mapping
Fernando Timba

Photo Credit
Ryan Justesen