Echo in Camera is a performance that recasts the Orpheus legend as a puppet play-within-a-play. Roman Paska's work in residence at Watermill focused on the development of the performance through discussions, improvisations and rehearsals, particularly on refining the performance technique with puppets created uniquely for the production.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Roman Paska is a writer, director, filmmaker and puppeteer whose original productions, under two successive company names, Theatre for the Birds and Dead Puppet, include The End of the World, God Mother Radio, Dead Puppet Talk and Schoolboy Play, which was commissioned by Linz '09 European Capital of Culture and presented in 2010 at the National Theatre of Portugal. He directed August Strindberg's Dreamplay with puppets for its centennial at the Stockholm Stadsteater, and for several years was director of the Institut International de la Marionnette in France. His magical-realist documentary feature, Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, with John Turturro, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, and has since been seen at the Hamptons Film Festival, Lincoln Center and BAM.
ABOUT THE MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION
Rachel Libeskind & Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden presented a multimedia installation dissecting the ultimate war criminal's brain across the architecture of The Watermill Center. A guided tour led viewers through visual, architectural, and musical installations which metaphorically illuminate the psychological fantasies of the perpetrators of genocide. Inspired by Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, the experience is meant to invert the barbed-wire and bunker aesthetic of the Holocaust, instead exposing the twisted aesthetic idealism of Nazi pageantry and the cult of Wagner.
"Nothing can be said about the isolation of man without other people."
Together with Marsha Ginsberg and actor Jesse Lenat, Katharina Schmitt presented an investigatory performance installation based on her play SAM. SAM is inspired by Tehching Hsieh's performance Cage Piece from 1978/79, in which Hsieh locked himself in a cage in his studio for the duration of one year. He was not allowed to talk, to read, to write, or to listen to radio or watch TV. A lawyer watched over the process and made sure Hsieh never left the cage. A friend came daily to bring food and take a single photograph of the performer, visitors were allowed to come to the studio for one afternoon every three weeks.
SAM uses the basic situation of Hsieh's Cage Piece as a starting point for a performance; looking at the role and the work of the actor, it questions the relationship between performer, the audience and the audience's expectations.
Bridget Leak (USA) presented her work on Rhapsodies on a National Tragedy, a theatrical motley of theater, improvisation, music, dance and monologue all entwined around a loose, evolving narrative structure.
Rhapsodies starts with the 2006 Alabama Church arsons and works its way out beyond the familiar story of maladjusted youths, unbridled hatred, unchecked racism, and examines aggressor, victim and community. It asks, ‘where is the line in the sand where actions become irreversible? What constitutes a victim? When do we forgive ourselves for failing to understand?’
Bridget’s residency was part of The Watermill Center’s partnership with Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. The work will be presented again at Lincoln Center Theatre in the spring of 2013.
The Watermill Center will present artist-in-residence, Laleh Khorramian, a visual artist who will give a presentation of her work in progress M-GOLIS at 6pm at The Watermill Center. The presentation will expose visitors to the realm of M.GOLIS, through audio/visual components, and a table read of the story. Khorramian will be accompanied by fellow collaborator and actor Sean Daly, who plays the lead charachter and musician and composer Shahzad Ismaily.
M-GOLIS, is to be a live action/animated short film. It is a science fiction tale, that explores a distant planet ravaged by chemical waste and its inhabitant, Lieutenant Aurelio Swimm (Sean Daly), and his relationship with the land, one of hallucinogenic landscapes, and towering mushrooms.