THE GHOST ROAD THEATER COMPANY IN LOS ANGELES AND WARSAW BAUHAUS PRESENT A LIVESTREAM EVENT NOVEMBER 23, 12 PM/PST
The Los Angeles-based Ghost Road Company and bi-continental Warsaw Bauhaus Foundation present an international collaboration in which experimental performing artists in Los Angeles and Poland respond creatively (and simultaneously) to the legacy of maverick Polish composer, musicologist, and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer with their own original works of dance, film, and theater. “Sharing space and experience through live theater generates a sense of community, which is now strictly limited,” notes producer Joanna Klass.
Now artists under the restraint of Covid isolation are invited to forge an international collaboration, sharing space and time across oceans and borders. This 90 minute live stream from Warsaw and Los Angeles will consist of simultaneous performances being mixed live by the theater director as a veritable DJ.
The FREE event will be accessible through HowlRound Theatre Commons: howlround.com
In Warsaw, under the auspices of AUREAPORTA–a foundation whose mission is to disseminate the legacy and preserve the archives of Boguslaw Schaeffer’s work—well-known actors and musicians Włodek Pawlik, Michał Urbaniak, Marcin Wyrostek will perform Schaeffer’s work Era Schaeffera, while Los Angeles-based actors Peter Mark, Anthony Nikolchev, Paul Outlaw, Iza Miko, and Jessica Emmanuel will interpret excerpts from his play A Multimedia Affair, adapted by the project’s director Maciej Sobociński, performing in situ at REDCAT-CALARTS theatre.
Noted Los Angeles choreographers Heidi Duckler, Laurie Sefton, and Micaela Taylor are each creating dance films shot in unique outdoor locations in which company members perform short works inspired by or accompanied by Schaeffer’s music.
Boguslaw Schaeffer (1929-2019) was the most successful playwright among composers and one of the hardest working composers among playwrights. His artistic language and formal concerns in both music and drama put him squarely in the small but vital international group of artists exploring the boundary between music, theater, and the visual arts going back to the European and American avant-garde of the 1930s. As a composer, Schaeffer could be called a conceptual artist, in the vein of Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage.
Schaeffer’s musical process inspired his ways of constructing theatre pieces— and vice-versa. His plays on the page resemble the graphic musical notation he invented for his compositions; they exist both as play “scores” and as witty visual graphic art. Schaeffer’s work stretches the boundaries between music and text, acting and musicianship. His unconventional, interdisciplinary style is kept alive now both performances of his compositions and plays, and also, with support from AUREAPORTA, by annually commissioning contemporary theater and dance artists to create new work inspired by Schaeffer’s inventive, questing spirit.
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HOWLROUND THEATRE COMMONS
THE GHOST ROAD COMPANY
The Ghost Road Company is one of Los Angeles’ premiere theatre ensembles dedicated to the creation of new work for the stage. Our company is unique in its approach, having developed our own methods of collaborative development over the years –methods that utilize the talents and experiences of each ensemble member. These techniques produce plays created by our members with a dedication to our mission: The ensemble scavenges the current social landscape for objects, language, and images that are, in turn, informed by the ensemble’s individual experiences of the world, creating something surprising and unexpected. The world of the piece is the piece itself, in which the “everyday” transforms into unexpected realizations and epiphanies about the nature of truth and possibility in the world at large.
Ghost Road’s most recent work is Super Duper, a devised work adapted for Zoom. The next live presentations will be in January 2021. www.ghostroad.org
WARSAW BAUHAUS/Joanna Klass
Joanna Klass is a curator and theater producer/instigator who creates dialogue and international exchanges in the performing arts. She currently directs Warsaw Bauhaus Foundation, a non-profit organization facilitating exchanges between Polish and international artists. Until 2019, she worked as a senior expert in performing arts programs at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw. There, among other projects, she spearheaded collaborations between Polish and US playwrights as an editor of (A)pollonia: 21st-century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage (2014) and curated the 2015 Digital Play Festival. She has partnered with a wide variety of American arts organizations for her projects, including The Public Theater, California Institute of the Arts, Under the Radar Festival, The Kennedy Center, among others .
She served as Director of the Grotowski Year, part of the international UNESCO-sponsored Grotowski Year, 2008-2009, for which she programmed and produced events in 23 countries, and presently serves as a creative producer for the Grotowski Institute’s 2021 International Conference and Devised Theatre Festival. She is the founder of Curie City—an independent art space in Warsaw—a sanctuary and incubator of new ideas for artists of all ages.
Aurea Porta Friends of Arts Foundation
The foundation promotes the desire to experience culture in the broadest sense of the word. A significant part of our activities focuses on the promotion of the musical, dramatic and graphic works of Bogusław Schaeffer, an artist known as the Leonardo da Vinci of the 21st century.