It’s the JonBenét Ramsey Show!
A Song to Sail On Nekaa Lab / Sachiyo Takahashi
Drama of Works
About sheep #1
Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s writings, sheep #1 is the adventure of a sheep in search of the meaning of life. The performance is in the style of Microscopic Live Cinema-Theatre, where the performer manipulates small characters who are magnified with a video camera and projector. This creates an intimate dream-like experience by combining cinematic presentation and live operation. An abstract storytelling, sheep #1 is told without spoken words, accompanied by Electroacoustic music and a live musician.
Sachiyo Takahashi is an artist, composer and performer whose work centers around storytelling. Compositing sensory elements in a minimalist manner, she explores the border between narrative and abstraction to generate fables for the subconscious. Sachiyo founded Nekaa Lab in 2006 together with other “lab members” (stuffed toys and tiny figurines). She has been producing performances, installations and writings, while observing human nature from alternative perspectives. She is a recipient of The Jim Henson Foundation grant 2017, and currently developing her new piece Everything Starts from a Dot, which will premiere in fall 2018. Sachiyo lives and works in Brooklyn.
Emile Blondel received BM and MM degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts under the guidance of Eric Larsen. In 2001 he moved to France, studying at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot. While in Paris, Emile was awarded a residency at the Cite International des Arts. Emile was named a 2010 Kenan Performing Arts Fellow at Lincoln Center Education and most recently created the music for Marcel and Man Ray, which premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2016. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, a teaching artist with National Dance Institute.
about It's the JonBenét Ramsey Show!
JonBenét Ramsey’s got something to say, and now she’s got her own talk show! With the help of her trusty sidekick, Mr. Bear, she sets out to cover the hot topics of the day, from politics to pop culture and everything in between. Giving voice to a silent star, the piece provides an examination of America’s endless fascination with cute little blonde girls.
Clara Elser is a New York based theatre artist. She received a M.F.A in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, focusing on new and devised work. While at Sarah Lawrence she was selected to attend the LaMaMa Director and Actor Symposiums in Spoleto, Italy. Her graduate thesis was a devised piece entitled Whacked! An Intimate Evening With Lizzie Borden, which she wrote and performed. It has been seen in New York and in Philadelphia as part of the SoLow Festival. Her most recent show, The Love Song of Tonya Harding, received the Participants’ Choice Award at the 2017 FRIGID Festival.
about A Song to Sail On
When the life of a prominent Armenian composer is threatened by the impending Ottoman forces, Grikor Suni is forced to choose between finding the family he has built or certain death. Although his acclaim gives him certain stature, all is washed away as bloodshed tears through the peasantry and the elite. Inspired by the real life of Grikor Suni and the plight of all persecuted peoples then and now, this piece departs from the biographical realities of one man’s life to explore the possible outcomes of a life torn apart by war and the choices one must make at a moment’s notice.
Drama of Works is known for their innovative works that cross the line between actors and puppeteers. Led by Artistic Director Gretchen Van Lente (former president of UNIMA-USA), they have performed locally and abroad: around New York City, the East Coast and at seven international festivals to date, with their unique brand of theatre: gaining members, fans and supporters along the way. They are the recipients of seven Henson Foundation grants, two grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, a grant from the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, a Chashama/NEA Performance Development Award and an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project Commission, among others.
Made possible in part with funds from the Jim Henson Foundation.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
$15 in advance
$18 at the door
A Song to Sail On
Andrea Ang, Amy Carrigan, Jason Howard, Gretchen Van Lente and Meghan Williams