Submitted by Anne Bogart on September 12, 2016 - 11:08am
I recently saw a Polish production of King Lear at the Venice Biennale directed by Jan Klata. But Lear was missing. Literally. At first the character of Lear was represented by an empty chair and a recorded voice and later by various visual projections. What the audience did not know and what I learned later, is that the actor who had originated the role had died a few months earlier. Rather than finding another actor to take over the part, Klata decided to deal with the actor’s physical absence within the context of the production. But this choice failed.
Submitted by SITI Alumni on September 6, 2016 - 3:08pm
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 Kristin Rose Kelly, who first trained with SITI Company in Saratoga Springs in 2015. Kristin is currently working towards her MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech. She is a queer and feminist director interested in comedy and musical theatre as a subversive tool and strengthening and supporting queer and feminist artist and community voices.
Submitted by SITI Alumni on August 22, 2016 - 3:47pm
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 Preeti Vasudevan, who first trained with SITI Company in 2009. Preeti is an award-winning choreographer, educator, and movement analyst. She is an exponent of classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) creating new provocative contemporary works from the Indian tradition.
Submitted by SITI Alumni on August 12, 2016 - 6:15pm
Starting today on the SITI Company blog, every other Friday we’ll be spotlighting an alum of SITI’s many training programs. Today, we have the great pleasure to introduce you to Luis Salgado.
Luis has trained with SITI Company extensively, which feeds his work as a dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, director and producer. He can be currently be found performing in Broadway’s On Your Feet, for which he was nominated for two Fred & Adele Astaire Awards. SITI Co-Artistic Director Leon Ingulsrud caught up with him the other day:
Submitted by Anne Bogart on August 12, 2016 - 4:13pm
I lost count of the times that I have entered a room to find my wife Rena weeping amidst objects or photographs from her past. I watch how she gently and lovingly holds the objects that had once been touched by a cherished family member or gazes longingly at the visages of her children peering out at her from fading color photographs. These artifacts create tremendous resonance in her body and serve as a stimulus to vast landscapes of emotion and memory within her.
Submitted by SITI Alumni on July 20, 2016 - 11:31am
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 Koh Wan Ching. Wan Ching is a performer and movement director in Singapore, and was an artist in SITI’s inaugural Conservatory class in 2013-14.
Submitted by Anne Bogart on July 5, 2016 - 12:29pm
Ric Zank and his company, the Iowa Theater Lab exerted a significant influence on me as well as on many of my colleagues during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The work was physical, imagistic, emotional and, to me, unforgettable. During rehearsals for a new production of Moby Dick in 1975, the lead actor of the company, the brilliant and physically masterful George Kon who was playing the whale, grew increasingly aggravated and upset. At one point his frustration intensified and escalated to a point that he literally ran up a wall of the rehearsal hall.
On Facebook and here on the SITI Company blog, SITI has been spotlighting alumni of our many training programs. Today, we’re spotlighting a few artists who are some of our newest alumni. Shanna May Breen, Alberto Ruiz, and Luke Santy spent the month of June with us as part of our 2016 Summer Intensive at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Below, they share a little about what brought them to SITI and what’s inspiring them at the moment.
Submitted by Michelle Preston on June 7, 2016 - 3:22pm
Here at SITI Company my staff and I spend a lot of time encouraging the Company members to share their process either through blogs, videos or in person with our donors and board members. I firmly believe that sharing the stories about why and how we develop SITI productions is a crucial tool in audience building and donor engagement because at the end of the day the quality of our relationship to people is more important than the number of tickets sold or the size of the donation. I’m certain that many of you follow Anne’s monthly blogs and derive as much joy from reading them as I do. I also hope you’ve been able to read Leon’s blogs announcing SITI Work/Space and SITI Thought Center, and if you haven’t I encourage you to do so. Now it seems, the tables have been turned and they’ve asked me to write about the practical realities of making something like Work/Space happen and why Leon is telling the world about the white board in my office.
Submitted by Anne Bogart on June 6, 2016 - 11:45am
As a midyear transfer student at Bard College, I stood on a long line to sign up for a popular theater class taught by Bill Driver, the chair of the theater department who would soon become my first directing teacher. Sitting quietly at a small desk, Driver seemed to ignore the frantic atmosphere of impatient students vying for places in his classes. After what felt like an interminable wait, I finally stood before him, surprised to find him relaxed and present with me, interested in who I was and where I came from. Despite the surrounding chaos, he seemed neither rushed nor harried.