Linger Longer Together

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A true revelation, I am convinced, can only emerge from stubborn concentration on a single problem. I have nothing in common with experimentalists, adventurers, with those who travel to strange regions. The surest, and the quickest, way for us to arouse a sense of wonder is to stare, unafraid, at a single object. Suddenly —miraculously — it will look like something we have never seen before. (Cesare Pavese)

SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Siir Tilif

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Each week, SITI spotlights the work of one of our Conservatory artists. This week, we are happy to highlight Siir Tilif. 

 

What is your name, and where in the world are you from?

My name is Şiir Tilif, I was born in Istanbul, Turkey and I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

What kind of work do you make? 

a Carpenter or a Gardener; a Devil or a Cook

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The expression “the medium is the message,” coined by Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, meant that the technology that we use embeds itself in any message that we receive. Later, feeling that the original phrase had become a cliché, McLuhan changed his tact and published a book entitled “The Medium is the Massage”.  He adopted the term “massage” referring to the effect that each medium has upon the human sensory system. We are literally massaged by our interactions with media, any kind of media.

SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Akhshay Gandhi

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Throughout the Conservatory year, we are spotlighting each of the 18 artists training with us full time. This week, we are happy to highlight the work of Akhshay Gandhi. Don’t miss the Conservatory artists’ upcoming production of Chuck Mee’s Adam and Evie. Tickets are now available at: www.siti.org/adamandevie. 

What is your name, and where in the world are you from?

Akhshay Gandhi from Bangalore, India

SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Caitlin Lavery

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Each week, SITI Company spotlights one of the artists in our Conservatory. This week, we are happy to highlight the work of theater maker Caitlin Lavery. 

Speaking of what she’s learned in her year at the Conservatory, Caitlin points to her growth as an artist. She shared about her experience working on Kate Tarker’s HANG AND BURN: “I felt as though I was able to approach it with substance […] to trust the people I was working with, to trust my input and also my capacity to pull off that role. That felt really wonderful.”

Venetian Ruminations

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From now through April 2nd, you can catch SITI Company’s brand new production entitled Chess Match No. 5, Tuesdays through Sundays at the Abingdon Theater in midtown Manhattan. We hope that you will join us. 

Spotlight: Tina Mitchell

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On Facebook and here on the SITI Company blog, SITI has been spotlighting alumni of our many training programs. Today, we have the great pleasure of spotlighting Tina Mitchell, who has trained with us regularly since 2007 and was once SITI’s Artistic Associate. Tina is a New York based actor, director, teaching artist and theater maker. Hailing from Australia, Tina is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts and holds a Masters of Arts Practice specializing in Performance.

SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Tiago Porteiro

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Each week, SITI Company spotlights one of the artists in our Conservatory. They are on a well-earned vacation this week, but before leaving the studio, Tiago Porteiro sat down with us to talk about why he seeks out training opportunities around the world.

Speaking of artistic experiences that have changed him or deeply affected his artistic practice, Tiago says, “It was moments with singing. I think to sing, as a kind of body in space, can be a very strong experience, especially if you are together and singing: putting the body in vibration.”

SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Elaine Rava

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This week SITI is happy to spotlight the work of Elaine Rava, a member of our 2016-2017 Conservatory ensemble. 

What is your name and where in the world are you from? 

My name is Elaine Rava and I am from Potsdam, NY.

What kind of work do you make? 

SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Dante Belletti

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Each week, SITI spotlights one of our Conservatory artists. This week, we’re happy to highlight the work of Dante Belletti. 

Speaking of his own identities and the work of artists in 2017, Dante says, “It’s made me think a lot about: what is my right to make work? And what can I say that is from me and uniquely my own, that is also potentially radical and politically useful?”

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