ABI AND MOLLY FEATURED IN DANCE INSTALLATION AT DE YOUNG MUSEUM

 

Inspiration, an evening of multidisciplinary performance curated and directed by Tiit Helimets, principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, featured text by Abi and performance by Molly.  The evening included an installation of film, dance, poetry, narration, live painting and talks.

 

A film screening of Blue, Black, and White is projected onto the walls.  Dancers covered in paint move across giant canvases, imprinting their shapes as musicians, a singer and actor accompany them with song and text and a painter captures all of it on his own canvas. The installation examines Helimets' love of his country through the colors of the Estonian flag.  The colors blue, black and white, representative respectively of sky, earth and hope, are set to music, providing a window into the recent past of Estonia, its struggle for independence and progression to peace.

 

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ARCTIC HYSTERIA PREMIERED IN SAN FRANCISCO

 

2012 marked Kinderdeutsch Projekts' return to the U.S. with the world premiere of a new play.  After a successful 2011, during which we developed Arctic Hysteria with Climate Theater at TJT in San Francisco and at Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark, and began work with new, remarkable colleagues from Norway, England and Russia, we had an amazing experience airing our arctic madness in San Francisco.

 

Arctic Hysteria premiered July 26-August 25, 2012 at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco, USA, produced by SNAP - Intersection for the Arts, and supported by the Creative Work Fund, New Music USA, Bennington College, Wesleyan University, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

 

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STAGED READING OF HUMANS AT JUST THEATER IN SAN FRANCISCO

 

A staged reading of Abi's newest work, an adaptation of a deranged German Expressionist play, will be presented on May 19 at 7 pm as part of Just Theater's New Play Lab Reading Series at Z Below (470 Florida Street).

 

HUMANS. Alexander's lost his head again. Maybe it's in that sack. Maybe he forgot it there in his loneliness, or maybe it was stolen by young lovers and skeletons gambling away their days in Indian casinos. A disembodied take on an old ghost, inspired by Walter Hasenclever's HUMANITY.

 

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FOREIGN C. FEATURED IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

 

The documentary Leading 'Ladies:' The Life and Times of It's All Right to be Woman Theatre by Close to Home Productions features footage from Foreign C. and interviews with Abi Basch and Molly Shaiken.  The documentary examines the history and impact of the 1970s New York-based feminist theater group, and includes interviews with the group's founding members, and with theater artists and scholars such as Jill Dolan, Sharon Bridgforth and Roberta Sklar.  The promotional video is available online.

 

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ABI, PAULA AND MOLLY FEATURED WITH ESTONIAN BALLET

 

Tiit Helimet’s new ballet AEG at the Estonian National Ballet featured text by Abi Basch, music by Paula Matthusen and voice by Molly Shaiken.  It premiered October 1, 2011 and will continue to run in the Ballet’s rep through 2013.

 

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PAULA AND ABI FEATURED ON TODD REYNOLD'S NEW ALBUM

 

End of an Orange by Paula Matthusen, with text by Abi Basch, was featured on digital violinist Todd Reynold’s new album Outerborough.  The album was named Amazon’s Best Classical release of 2011 and continues to be performed live and interface in remixed conversations by the Bang on a Can and Steve Reich violinist Reynolds and his London counterparts.

 

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THORSTEN DIRECTS BLAUE STUNDE AT THEATER RUDOLSTADT

 

In February 2012, Thorsten directed Blaue Stunde: Akte Shakespeare – Ungelöst?, an evening of cabaret style performances at Theater Rudolstadt, inspired by his work as curator of the Nachtbar performance series at Stadttheater Hildesheim.

 

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