Hanjo: A Director’s Diary, Part Three

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(If you haven’t read Part 1 go read it here. Part 2 is here.)

When SITI launched our new production paradigm Work/Space we decided that we would begin by focusing on three productions, one by each of the three co-artistic directors. The idea of Work/Space was to allow us to work on projects that we were interested in but didn’t have commissions for. So I proposed that Hanjo be one of those projects.

Conscious Action

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We attempt in vain to describe the character of a man; but a description of his actions and his deeds will create for us a picture of his character.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Action is the essential grammar of the theater. In his book The Necessity of Theater, the philosopher Paul Woodruff defines the theater as, “… the art by which human beings make human action worth watching in a measured time and space.” An action worth watching is the result of the collaboration between the actor and the audience in a shared attentiveness to the action as it is happening.

Hanjo: A Director’s Diary, Part Two

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As I post this on Wednesday, October 4th, I am in Purchase, New York, where in two days, on Friday, October 6th, we will present the world premiere of SITI Company’s Hanjo at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.

Hanjo: A Director’s Diary, Part One

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Hanjo is a project that is very close to both my heart and my brain. It is an exciting production to me on so many levels that it is hard to know how to start expressing myself about it. And although it seems like a cop out, ultimately I really do agree with Robert Wilson that it is not the artist’s job to explain their work: that’s up to others.

Spotlight: Ali Kennedy Scott

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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 Ali Kennedy Scott, who started training with us in 2012 and was a member of the inaugural SITI Conservatory. Ali is an Australian actor, writer and theater-maker based in New York City.

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.”

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