June 4, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jay Stern, (646) 285-4946, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE INTERNATIONAL THEATER LABORATORY
THE WORLD WIDE LAB
COMES TO GREECE
22 August – 6 September, 2015, Performances | 4, 5 & 6 September
Syros Institute, Historic Monastery of the Jesuit Fathers, Ano Syros
Apollon Theatre, Ermoupolis Syros
After two years at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn (2012 & 2013) and Teatro Due in Rome (2014), the international theater laboratory the World Wide Lab comes to Greece for the first time. Hosted by the Syros Institute, the World Wide Lab will take place on the island of Syros, from the 22nd of August to the 6th of September.
Inside the uniquely designed spaces of the Syros Institute and the historic monastery of the Jesuit Fathers, the World Wide Lab directors, along with 10 Greek actors and design team will conduct 16 consecutive days of common research and rehearsals. The prominent geographical location of the institute, which includes extensive technical equipment, rehearsal spaces, meeting rooms, a common kitchen and accommodation, ensures the necessary isolation and the collective environment that such a demanding experiment requires.
The results of the Lab will be presented in public performances September 4-6 at the Apollon Theatre in Ermoupolis, Syros. The performances will also be streamed live around the world on the internet.
The World Wide Lab was created in 2011 at the Watermill Center by members of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. The Lab is an international collective of directors from different countries – USA, India, Israel, Canada, Italy, Taiwan, Germany and Greece – that meets once a year to work intensively together on the creation and presentation of theater projects around a specific theme. The theme of this year’s Lab is “Representations of Ancient Greek Drama.”
The work to be explored in the 2015 lab includes:
Echo, a new piece that combines political speech from contemporary Greece and choral text from ancient Greek drama, drawing on and embodying ancient conflicts to reflect on contemporary struggles in Greece (and abroad).
Fallaci, a Woman Against, links the story of Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci with the myth of Medea.
A modern examination of Arisrophanes’ The Ecclesiazusae, featuring a political circus of gender acrobatics where power becomes a game of dress up.
The World Wide Lab’s goal is to develop a model of teamwork and co-directing, neglecting the rule that says “in the theater the final decision is made by one person”. The purpose is to create a common artistic language that incorporates the individual virtues of each director’s background and education. As part of this philosophy, the World Wide Lab does not have a single Artistic Director; a different pair of directors serves in this role each year. This year the two Artistic Directors are Ioli Andreadi from Greece and Jay Stern from the USA.
The World Wild Lab directors are Ioli Andreadi, Laura Caparrotti, Chang Nai Wen, Jocelyn Yuchia Chang, Evan T. Cummings, Esther Jun, Annie G. Levy, Orly Noa Rabinyan, Laura Tesman, Evan Tsitsias, Vidhu Singh, and Jay Stern. The sound design and music of the performances will be created by frequent lab collaborator, Greek composer and sound designer Erato A. Kremmyda.
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