Theatre Reverb was founded in 2006 by Kristin Arnesen and Radoslaw Konopka with a mission of developing innovative new work and hybrid pieces. They have collaborated with other artists, notably company member Christopher Thomas Gilkey, to create a series of full-length performances, live art, and video works that they have shown at venues throughout NYC and at Festivals including FRIGID NY, Montreal Fringe, Ottawa Fringe and the Boulder Fringe. They have performed internationally in Berlin at HomeBase and tamtamArt (2011) and in Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times. The press has called Theatre Reverb's work: “funny, serious, erotic, and fascinating;” “visually stunning;” and the “pre-postmodernism of Tristan Tzara and Dada”.
Theatre Reverb’s unique style is influenced by silent cinema, popular culture, circus arts and classical Indian theatre which Kristin and Radoslaw studied together on two trips to Kerala India. Theatre Reverb productions typically combine sampled and original media, narrative, and dance to explore topical issue from militarism and fear culture to sexual politics and celebrity worship.
They have been artists in residence and regular performers at Galapagos Art Space since 2008, they were included in Horse Trade Theatre Group's 2008 season, they were featured on Polish television's Oblicza Ameryki (2006), they won “Audience Choice” and “Most Innovative” awards for their FRIGID festival productions (2008 & 2012), and they are sponsored artists of the Brooklyn Arts Council. Theatre Reverb has also collaborated with the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN to stage political performance actions and media stunts.
The company is currently collaborating with composer and musician Ellery Royston and kutiyattam artists Ammannur Rajaneesh Chakyar and Bhadra Rajaneesh on a large-scale cross-cultural project Reliquum. The first installment of the piece entitled Initium/Finis is set for presentation at Horse Trade's Under St. Marks in June and at the HERE Arts Artist Lodge Series in July 2012.
Schedule of Upcoming Productions