Saturday, October 8, 2011

No Boundaries Season at Yale Announced

NO BOUNDARIES: A SERIES OF GLOBAL PERFORMANCES, presented byYale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director)and World Performance Project at Yale (Joseph Roach, Principal Investigator;Emily Coates, Artistic Director), announces its 2011-12 season, which includes the American premiere of Engagement Féminin: An Evening of West African Contemporary Dance, created and performed by Art’ Dév/Compagnie Auguste-Bienvenue, based in Burkina Faso, West Africa; Spectral Scriabin, a collaboration between pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, featuring the music of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin; and Neva, an ensemble theatre piece performed by Chile’s Teatro en el Blanco.
NO BOUNDARIES celebrates the diversity of voices and experiences in today’s world. NO BOUNDARIES explores—and explodes—the frontiers of theatrical invention through cutting-edge, thought-provoking dance, music, and theatre. Tearing down cultural, linguistic, and geographic barriers,NO BOUNDARIES extends and enhances the educational mission of Yale University through a series of performances by artistic innovators from around the globe—right here in New Haven, right here at Yale.
 
AMERICAN PREMIERE
ENGAGEMENT FÉMININ: AN EVENING OF WEST AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE
Created and performed by Art’ Dév/Compagnie Auguste-Bienvenue

November 3-5, 2011 at 8PM
Iseman Theater (1156 Chapel Street)

No Boundaries presents the American premiere of two landmark pieces of contemporary African dance—Ecoute Ma Musique andDans Un S’Y Mettre—performed in a single evening. Drawing from their own experiences, the dancers of Engagement Féminin explore the everyday choices the women of their communities make to face life’s obstacles and achieve their goals.

Engagement Féminin is committed to developing a new generation of female choreographic artists in West Africa. Historically under-represented in this genre, young female performers receive training and create and perform their work across the continent in order to affect social change through contemporary African dance.

Running time: approximately 60 minutes.

SPECTRAL SCRIABIN
Eteri Andjaparidze, Piano
Jennifer Tipton, Lighting Design

February 10 & 11, 2012 at 8PM
University Theatre (222 York Street)

Russian composer Alexander Scriabin caused a sensation in 1915, staging what was most likely the first multimedia concert in history. Designing aclavier à lumière to project colors onto the stage as it was played, Scriabin pioneered ideas relating colors and musical pitch. Nearly a century later, celebrated Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and MacArthur “genius” lighting designer Jennifer Tipton explore the legacy of this late Romantic composer through excerpts from his Poeme Languide in B Major and other works, including Feuillet d’Album in F-sharp Major, Opus Posthumous. This extravaganza of lush music and spectacular lightshow is truly “something unforgettable” (New York Press).

Running time: approximately 60 minutes.

NEVA
Written and directed by Guillermo Calderón
Performed by Teatro en el Blanco

March 23 & 24, 2012 at 8PM
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

A politically-charged, haunting interrogation of theatre and the revolutionary impulse,Neva tells the story of Anton Chekhov’s widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives at a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905. As Olga and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives, and muse on their art form and love—while unseen striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime. Chilean writer/director Guillermo Calderón savagely examines the relationship between performance and history in this tightly-crafted ensemble work that allows a palpable terror to creep through the theatre walls.

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Running time: approximately 80 minutes.
 
TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for all 2011-2012 No Boundaries events are $35 and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online atwww.yalerep.org/noboundaries, by phone (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street, at York Street).

RELATED PROGRAMS

No Boundariesoffers a variety of programs that allow audiences to engage with its diverse group of artists before and after the performances.  All events are free and open to the public.

TALK BACKS
Q&A sessions with theNo Boundaries artists are held immediately following all performances.

WORKSHOPS
Audiences are invited to participate in interactive studio sessions withNo Boundaries artists in their areas of expertise.

SYMPOSIA

Prominent scholars and artists working across music, literature, dance, theatre, and performance studies contextualize and draw forth themes relating to the No Boundaries artists and their work.

A schedule of related programs for eachNo Boundaries presentation will be announced. For more information, please visitwww.yale.edu/wpp  and www.yalerep.org/noboundaries.

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