The project is a universe where tragedy, sarcasm, and comedy are portrayed as a deformed and apocalyptic mirror of reality; In this world, circumstance is the source of tragedy, and the grimace produced by this tragedy is what rules its form.
Esperpento is an exploration about the rejection of the different and the dehumanization of the stranger. Why the foreigner (who looks different) is often shunned, despised and criminalized?
This virtual universe will work primarily as an immersive interactive installation and performance its first iteration will take place on the all Fall of 2018 at 3 Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in NYC.
Esperpento (a Spanish literary term for monstrosity) is a digital performance event - a charged visual performance that allows the viewer to see through a monstrous lens. Rather than using the monster to critique societal ills, Esperpento embraces strangeness and deformity in order to challenge conventions of beauty, familiarity, and what is normal or native to the human condition.
Esperpento is a series of 3D digital events which explores the dehumanization of the stranger. In a vivid sequence of natural and manmade disasters, rendered through a real-time video game engine, victims and perpetrators collide with increasingly interchangeable ethnic, class and cultural markers. These "Esperpento Events" are a digital meditation on the rejection of foreignness, and why we shun those who look (or appear to look) different from the people in the US.
Goyas War Disasters and Black Paintings are, in substance and form, a template for Esperpento. These paintings are a testament of genuine protest, full of style and piercing opinion, that simultaneously document and comment on reality.
he Latino community and other minorities will be the main focus group for this production. The technology and the delivery of the animations are the major points for connection with these communities, basically promoting technology made by and for Latinos.
About the Company: 3LD Media and Theater Group
3-Legged Dog believes in the power of technology to amplify human experience and human expression, provoking empathy and complex reflection, thought and action. We exist to produce original works in theater, performance, dance, media and hybrid forms; to explore the narrative possibilities created by digital technology; to foster artists’ self expression and skill through training initiatives; and to provide an open environment free of censorship in which artists can create new tools and modes of expression and excel across a range of disciplines.
“Set between the lines of realism and preternatural world, Leave the Balcony Open is a wild theatrical ride through a landscape of loss and resilience,” states director Jessica Bauman. “By offering humor and poetry (and costume parties) in the darkest places, it allows both the characters and the audience to find hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief.”
Jessica Bauman directs a cast of seven including Heidi Armbruster*(Broadway: Time Stands Still), Wrenn Schmidt* (Broadway: Come Back Little Sheba; Nat. Tour: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Jerzy Gwiazdowski* (Broadway: The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Betsy Hogg* (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof; The Crucible), Julie Kline* (Moment of Zen/Women’s Project; Birthday/Rising Phoenix Rep.), Jared McGuire (Photograph 51/3LD),Mary Rasmussen* (Romeo & Juliet/The Public Theatre).
Leave the Balcony Open is produced by Lisa Dozier and New Feet Productions. Assistant Producer: Michael Holt; Director: Jessica Bauman; Scenic Designer: Gabe Evansohn; Projection Designer: Jesse Garrison; Costume Designer: Sydney Gallas; Lighting Designers: Laura Mroczkowski andCat Tate Starmer; Sound Designer:Brandon Wolcott; Production Manager: Ken Larson; Production Stage Manager: Emily Paige Ballou; Assistant Stage Manager:Donald Peter Butchko; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.
About the Company: New Feet Productions
New Feet Productions is dedicated to developing and producing new and classical work that ripples with theatrical language and invention. Jessica Bauman founded New Feet Productions in 2007 in order to develop Into the Hazard (Henry 5), her six actor adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V. New Feet sponsored two workshops of that project – one in spring ’07 at the Culture Project, and one in winter ’08 at the Tank. In May ’09, New Feet fully produced Into the Hazard (Henry 5) at Walkerspace with sets and lights designed by Tony-winning designer Christopher Akerlind. In 2010, New Feet co-produced Milk by Emily DeVoti with New Georges. New Feet’s production of All Day Suckers by Susan Dworkin was part of the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2010. Most recently, New Feet has co-produced journalist Jack Hitt’s solo performance Making Up the Truth, directed by Jessica Bauman, which premiered at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven in 2011, and will be featured in the 2012 Spoleto Festival.
Cast: Amy Beth Young (Emma Bovary), Brad Thomason (Charles Bovary), Samuel Dash (L’Heureux), Logan James Hall (Rodolphe) and James Parenti (Leon)
Creative Team: Julia Noulin-Mérat (Set Designer), John Jalandoni (Projection Design), Caitlin Cisek (Costume Design), Benjamin Weill (Lighting Design), Colleen Toole (Sound Design), Chelease Ignagni (Casting Director), Ellie MacPherson (Assistant Director)
About the Company: The Other Mirror
The Other Mirror
Exploring familiar stories from unfamiliar angles
The Other Mirror looks at those who have been judged and put them back on trial for our society to interact with in a new light. By creating adaptations for the theater we seek to understand how our communities have developed for better and for worse. How have we fallen from grace? How have we risen? These stories are not isolated but have seeped into our past and future. It is our mission to discover the impact they continue to have. We all serve as the reflective device by which these tales can be illuminated, examined, or shattered. We invite the audience to wonder why we believe what we believe and what values we may have forgotten. Experience reflection