MACHINAL mash-up is a collision between Strike Anywhere, an interdisciplinary improvisation ensemble and Blessed Unrest, an ensemble theater that is in the midst of rehearsals for MACHINAL.
Written by Sophie Treadwell in 1928, MACHINAL is a powerful expressionist drama about gender oppression. Blessed Unrest will perform excerpts from their rehearsal process that will launch Strike Anywhere's improvisations. In addition, Strike Anywhere will SOUNDPAINT the material. Soundpainting is the sign language for structured improvisation developed by Walter Thompson. The gestures allow a conductor to compose in real time with an interdisciplinary orchestra.
The link between the two companies is Strike Anywhere performer, Damen Scranton, who directs for Blessed Unrest (Burn, Crave, Hold, winner of the 2008 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production).
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble features: Donna Bouthillier (dance), Michel Gentile (flute), Rob Henke (trumpet), Damen Scranton* (actor), Rolf Sturm (guitar) and Leese Walker* (actor/artistic director). Special Blessed Unrest guests include: Zenzelé Cooper, Eunjee Lee*, Nurit Monacelli*, Sophie Nimmannit, Celli Pitt*, Darrell Stokes*, Laura Wickens* and Jason Winfield. (*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association)
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble is an inter-disciplinary ensemble theater that has been generating original performance pieces since 1997. The permanent ensemble is comprised of world-class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors. Performers collaborate through an ensemble-based, improvisational process to create politically-charged, original works that address socially-relevant issues. Its work is guided by the words of Bertolt Brecht, "Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it." The company is in residence at the Brecht Forum.
Strike Anywhere has been featured on Radio France, NPR, WBAI, German Public Radio and U.S. television. The company has appeared at: B.A.M., American Airlines Theater, Zipper Factory, P.S. 122, St. Clements, Theatre for the New City, Galapagos, and HERE Arts Center. For more information on Strike Anywhere, please visit www.strikeanywhere.info
One Night Only: Friday February 4, 2011 @ 8pm FREE SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP @ 7:15pm