LOVESPHERE 17: BUBBLES, A COMMUNOPHENOMENOLOGICAL MANIFESTO

Genre: Comedy, Other
directed by Cassandra Victoria Chopourian

Heavily influenced by Peter Sloterdijk's Spheres Trilogy, especially Volume I: Bubbles, BUBBLES returns to the Lovesphere roots of improvised theater (Lovespheres 0-4, in the mid 90's, were improvised musicals.) Communophenomenology is an attempt to reverse the damage materialism did to the idea of communism, and the damage fascism did to phenomenology, by using the theater encounter to explore intersubjectivity. BUBBLES will straddle the line between dance, theater, musical improvisation, butoh and group meditation.
 
Director Cassandra Victoria Chopourian has performed with Naked Theater, Resistance Theater, Medicine Show Theater, Lovesphere, the Tender Buttons Band, is a founding member of the international Conscientious Mythmakers theater ensemble for whom she directed “Islands of Passion” in Leipzig in 2011. She is a signatory to the Neo-Protruberist Manifesto. Producer Gary Heidt, a co-founder of Lovesphere, infuses the production with his training in improvisation from Daniel Carter. The cast of experienced improvisors include Anne Bassen, Yascha Bilan, Steve Dworkin, Lauren Farber, Mark Gering, Rich Gross, Evan Laurence and John Zurek.

About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Open:   03/23/12
Close:   03/25/12

Schedule:
8 pm on March 23 and 24 and 4 pm on March 25
Theater:   Theatre for a New City
Address:   155 1st Avenue
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Cost:$10 or Call: at 212 254 1109
Company: Theater For The New City         Official Web Site: www.theaterforthenewcity.net