ONE ARM AND A LEG
TO PREMIER AT HERE AND THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
ONE ARM AND A LEG is an interdisciplinary piece of theater combining dance, theater, music, video and image. This two-part devised, original work brings together artists from all over the world—from Romania to Boston, from Japan to Toronto and is helmed by a collaboration between a choreographer and theater director specializing in original, devised theater. The piece begins with a set of encounters in which a woman decides to give parts of herself—her arm, her phone number, her identity—to a stranger, a man. Her act incites a search for things given, received, and lost and what follows is an exploration of cultural translation, personal agency, sexuality, and self-sacrifice through text, movement, and image.
This movement-based piece will showcase Calla Videt’s interdisciplinary directing style through an exciting collaboration with choreographers Ricky and Jeff Kuperman, and a cast and production team with diverse experiences across the arts and a unifying passion for devised, company-oriented work. The company includes Arlo Hill, Jamie Nelson, Merrie Jane Brackin, Aya Yamakawa Tucker, Ricky Kuperman, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Jeff Kuperman, and Liz Walker.
ONE ARM AND A LEGis appearing as a part of the DreamUp Festival presented by Theater for the New City and in HEREstay, the 2010 Summer Sublet Series at HERE.
CALLA VIDET(director/writer) recently finished working with London based company Complicite on their West End production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. She is a member of New Perspective’s 2010-2011 Women’s Work Lab, Nylon Fusion Writers Collective, and 2010 Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab. Last June, she graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in a special concentration combining physics and theater. During her time at Harvard, she directed, performed in, and worked on over 15 productions. Her final directorial project and senior thesis—The Space Between— premiered on the mainstage of the American Repertory Theater in April of 2009 and told the story of the making of the atomic bomb through the lens of the Orpheus myth. Calla has also directed productions of Moira Buffini’s Dinner, Complicite’s The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, Sarah Kane’s Blasted (ass. director) and Complicite’s Mnemonic. She is the recipient of Harvard’s Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and an Artist Development Fellowship. www.callavidet.com
RICKY KUPERMAN(choreographer/performer) received his formal training in a variety of dance styles at Vlad’s Dance Company in Toronto, Canada. His study of jazz, tap, ballet, modern, acrobatics, and hip-hop influences his eclectic dance style and shapes his innovative choreography. Ricky has performed and competed across the United States and Canada, winning titles at the national level. He has toured with the Harvard Contemporary Dance Ensemble, with whom he performed at the Merce Cunningham Studios in New York City and at the American College Dance Festival. Recently, he worked with renowned Toronto-based contemporary jazz company, Helix Dance Project (dir. Linda Garneau). Some of Ricky's TV and film credits include Gemini award-winning director Moze Mossanen's Nureyev, So You Think You Can Dance Canada (Season 1, top 40), YTV's movie musical King of the Camp, and MTV's upcoming Turn the Beat Around. Recent choreography includes his piece “to dust.” presented on the Loeb Mainstage and as part of Harvard’s Ivy Dance Exchange concert, also to be presented at the American College Dance Festival. Other works include the critically acclaimed The Space Between (dir. Videt, Loeb Mainstage) and his work for HBC’s Premiere, which was also presented at Harvard’s ARTSFirst Dance Festival. Ricky is currently working on his first dance film with producer Moze Mossanen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moze_Mossanen), scheduled to start principal photography in May 2010.
This production is being presented through the Summer Sublet Series, part of HEREstay, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical and administrative support.
Since 1993, the OBIE-winning HERE has been a premier arts organization in NYC and a leader in the field of new, hybrid performance work. Under leadership of Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting and Producing Director Kim Whitener, HERE has served over 12,000 emerging to mid-career artists developing work that does not fit a conventional programming agenda. Work presented at HERE has garnered 14 OBIE awards, an OBIE grant for artistic achievement, three Drama Desk nominations, two Berrilla Kerr Awards, three NY Innovative Theatre Awards, an Edwin Booth Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. HERE proudly supports artists at all stages in their careers through full productions, artist residency programs, festivals and subsidized performance and rehearsal space. Work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist’s vision. HERE’s Artist Residency Program (HARP) provides development, commissions and full production for up to 20 artists over one-to-three years. In 2005, with the support of the FJC, a foundation of donor advised funds, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the City of New York, HERE purchased its long-time home as part of a five-year “Secure HERE’s Future” campaign. With full-scale renovations to the space concluding in June 2008, thanks to generous support from the City of New York, HERE is poised to continue and expand its role as a downtown haven for the finest emerging art. Offering a comfortable, eclectic setting for artists and audiences alike, HERE features a new café and two state-of-the-art performance spaces.
About the Company: PEGLEG PRODUCTIONS
PEGLEG PRODUCTIONS is a nascent theater company based in New York City and helmed by recent alumni of Harvard University. We are a company of collaborators, and the thread that connects all of our projects is our emphasis on developing work that features the skills and talents of our ever-changing line-up of technicians/actors/designers and that emphasizes the social issues we find most compelling in the modern world. Our work is interdisciplinary, relying on movement/dance as much as text to create dramatic effect and mood. It is explicitly self-conscious, commenting upon the conceits of live performance even as we endeavor to create an experience that could only occur at a live event. It is critical, taking as its basis the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of social life in the 21st century and portraying them in ways that excite, problematize, and provoke.
Theater: Theater for the New City
Address: 155 First Avenue
Cost:$12 @ Theater for the New City DreamUp Festival; $15 @ HERE
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111