Based on La Matra India, a short story by Augusto Patricio González Novoa.
As part of An Evening of One-Acts at the 3rd Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, June 1st-26th 2011.
An ancient matra* made of loom warp wool incites a perceptive discovery of self. Roi Escudero, with her distinctive vérité touch, adapted "The Matra India" by Augusto Patricio González Novoa into a new-media non-structured theatre piece with the mystique of the fantastic. The theatrical concept merges the live performance and the virtual action through an authentic indigenous blanket that the artist found on a Hopi reservation. Its geometric designs are interwoven with recycled western matinee clips, Kachina dolls, and the short story of literatura fantástica. All at once its audio-visual design aspects are "telling a story" that unifies the Americas' land and its original inhabitants.
*The matra's textile arouse from thousand-year-old indigenous cultures. In Argentina, this small blanket has been a component of the vestments of the gaucho for centuries. It's been used on top of the horse as part of the apero (mount). At night it gives shelter to the gauchos arrieros (riders).
Roi Escudero has created and designed every aspect of the mise-en-scéne on camera and onstage (costumes, masks, life sized puppet character, art-props, lighting, sound, multimedia, videography/photo/video editing) and directed the performers with her lab's techniques and unique style.
The Matra India will be performed by the artists in residence at ETdC Projects, featuring Andy Chmelko in the dual role of the Professor and Lutnanpak, Mika Oyaizu as Moon and the Kachina Doll, and Roi Escudero as Mother Earth and Mrs. Mind (in the role of the General). The artist also includes some "accents" in collaboration with other artists: music by La Banda Argentina and others, set atmospheric virtual painting by James Ewan, and an infrared image by Bob Trongone. The technical director is James Holland and the stage manager is Beret Kirkeby.
About the Company: ETdC Projects' Lab
Roi “Bubi” Escudero created and founded Environmental Theatre de Camera (ETdC) Projects in 1990 in Los Angeles, CA. She is the originator of performance-cinema™, a virtual installation of multimedia video and live performance that is ETdC Projects’ trademark. In 1999 ETdC Projects moved to New York City and has expanded to an experimental creative lab of self expression. and new media-arts: ETdC Projects’ Lab.
The lab is led by Roi Escudero and supports a collaborative, production-based learning environment focused on creating inventive, cutting edge, experimental and multicultural narrative projects through non-structured musical-visual-theatre, and site specific virtual installations of multimedia video and performance art.
Its objective is to promote cultural and creative integration through the evolution of new media, performance-art, musical and physical theatre, and dynamic entertainment. Its projects address cultural, environmental, historical and social issues and expose the consequences of our behavior and actions in society. The lab’s projects are considered works-in-progress and are continually evolving with different guest artists and apprenticeship until the projects are presented as a comprehensive production. The projects developed at ETdC Projects’ lab are designed to be "portable" and take place in different festivals, creative environments, theaters, educational and cultural settings, and non-traditional sites.
ETdC Projects reaches a multigenerational audience and creates intelligent and engaging multimedia video installations, staged readings, workshops, showcases and full media-art theatre productions for children, teens and adults. ETdC Projects also produces creative educational events and workshops for students and teachers in collaboration with other artistic organizations and educational institutions that have partnering residencies with teaching artists. The projects could be bilingual and could be developed, instructed and presented in English /Spanish, English /French, and English /Italian.
Roi Escudero is the artistic director and lead designer behind ETdC Projects. She is particularly flexible and resourceful in adapting her creative concept, method and techniques to the needs of the partnering organizations and institutions. However, Escudero’s primary focus is always to develop the talent and interest of the partaker and to support the community’s involvement in that effort.
Wed 6/8 @ 8:30 PM, Sat 6/11 @ 4:00 PM, Wed 6/15 @ 6:30 PM,
Sun 6/19 @ 3:30 PM, Tues 6/21 @ 8:00 PM, Fri 6/24 @ 6:30 PM
Theater: Robert Moss Theatre
Address: 440 Lafayette
New York, NY
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