Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Deeper Dive into Cinema in Theater: Field Trend

Patricia Garza my very sharp associate here at Center Theatre Group compiled the following information that supports the work that we both saw in New York City with Under the Radar 2016 and then subsequently the work that I saw in Santiago at the Teatro a Mil Festival and heard about earlier at the Nooderzone Festival in Groningen, Holland. 

Teatro Cinema

Chile’s TEATROCINEMA is an inventive and original theatre company who create an ingenious fusion of cinema and theatre. Their highly stylized staging is a seamless blend of live action and film projection – technical and theatrical wizardry.

Their show Historia De Amor will be at REDCAT March 31-April 3, 2016:
Chile’s imaginative Teatrocinema ensemble uses 2D and 3D projection effects to create a theatrical environment rich with the grit and imagery of a dark graphic novel, to tell a violent story that destroys the boundaries between domination and submission. Based on the French novel by RĂ©gis Jauffret, Historia de Amor is the unflinching portrait of an English teacher who abducts a young woman and turns her into his victim, concubine and mother. Teatrocinema uses striking imagery to fuse virtual and physical worlds, painting a stark, black and white landscape where impulses of humanity are made visible. The visual language of Teatrocinema uses digital backgrounds and compositions, 2D and 3D video footage, and animation, merged with the traditional elements of staging, creating the sensation that the audience is able to instantaneously travel in space and time.

Manual Cinema

MANUAL CINEMA is a performance collective, design studio, and film/ video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality.

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North

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