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MacBeth Variations II: A Shakespeare Soundpainting

16 September 2009 2 Comments

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Bi-lingual, Inter-disciplinary Soundpainted MACBETH

Premiering October 1-3, 2009 at the Irondale Center, NYC

MACBETH VARIATIONS II: A Shakespeare Soundpainting

The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience – a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us.Asbury Park Press

“An event that brings together musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and  actors in an audacious version of Shakespeare’s MacbethShakespeare would have been proud of this modern take of his classic.”     -Daniel Brown, Radio France

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1-3, 2009 –  MACBETH VARIATIONS II is the second stage of an international collaboration between NYC-based Strike Anywhere and Paris-based ANITYA. Using physical theater, modern dance, improvised new music and a live composing sign language called Soundpainting, the piece explores excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to create a highly-charged interdisciplinary performance event that is different every night.  Performed in French and English.  The event is scheduled at the Irondale Center October 1-3, 2009 at 8PM.  The Irondale Center is located at 85 South Oxford Street, (between Lafayette and Fulton) Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC. By subway; take the C train to Lafayette Avenue , the B, D, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street or the G train to Fulton Street.  Tickets range from $20-$40 and can be purchased at:  www.strikeanywhere.info.

Established in 1997 by Artistic Director, Leese Walker, STRIKE ANYWHERE is a permanent ensemble of worldclass jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors.  Performers collaborate through an improvisational process to create politicallycharged, original works that address sociallyrelevant issues. Strike Anywhere has toured extensively.  The company has been featured on Radio France, NPR, WBAI and German Public Radio and has appeared at: B.A.M., American Airlines Theater, The Zipper Factory, P.S. 122, St. Clements, Theatre for the New City, Galapagos, and HERE Arts Center.  ANITYA was created in January 2006 by French composer Christophe Cagnolari to explore multi-disciplinary performance and to acquire a fluid mastery of Soundpainting.  The group is comprised of 20 artists—classical and jazz instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and lighting designers.  For more information, please visit: www.strikeanywhere.info and www.anitya.fr.

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For further information, photos or press reservations, please contact:

Leese Walker (646) 298-4116 / office@strikeanywhere.info / www.strikeanywhere.info

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

MACBETH VARIATIONS II is a set of improvised inter-disciplinary compositions exploring Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Just as jazz musicians improvise on jazz standards finding infinite variety within classic tunes, improvisers use Shakespeare’s text as the melody from which they depart.  The performance features on-stage conductors who sculpt the improvisation through a complex sign language called Soundpainting.  Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, and actors. Both companies are the foremost practitioners of Soundpainting in their respective countries.  These performances are the result of a multi-year international collaboration between NYC-based Strike Anywhere and Paris-based ANITYA. Using shadow puppets, modern dance, improvised new music, physical theater and Soundpainting, the piece explores excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to create a highly-charged interdisciplinary performance event that is different every night.  Performed in French and English.

STRIKE ANYWHERE Established in 1997 by founder and Artistic Director, Leese Walker, Strike Anywhere is a permanent ensemble of world class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors.  Its work is guided by the words of Bertolt Brecht, “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”  Performers collaborate through an improvisational process to create politicallycharged, original works that address sociallyrelevant issues. Strike Anywhere has toured extensively.  Its critically acclaimed show, 10 BRECHT POEMS, toured nationally to over 40 venues and aired in full on local NYC television.  Strike Anywhere has been featured on Radio France, NPR, WBAI and German Public Radio. The company has appeared at: B.A.M., American Airlines Theater, The Zipper Factory, P.S. 122, St. Clements, Theatre for the New City, Galapagos, and HERE Arts Center.  For more information, please visit: www.strikeanywhere.info

ANITYA was created in January 2006 by French composer Christophe Cagnolari.  The group is comprised of 20 artists—classical and jazz instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and lighting designers.  The orchestra rehearses weekly to acquire a fluid mastery of Soundpainting.  Christophe Cagnolari—soundpainter, composer, saxophone—graduated in musicology at Paris IV Sorbonne and in ethnomusicology at Paris X.  He  also earned a masters degree in gamelan in Bali and won first prize in harmony/counterpoint, awarded by the city of Paris.  In addition to Cagnolari, three artists from the ANITYA company will participate in the Phase II collaboration on Macbeth Variations: Maxime Nourissat (actor/toured internationally with Marcel Marceau and worked with him until his death), Maud Ivanoff (actor), and Thierry Jozé (actor).  For more information, please visit: www.anitya.fr

For further information, photos or press reservations, please contact:

Leese Walker (646) 298-4116 / office@strikeanywhere.info / www.strikeanywhere.info

2 Comments »

  • Leese Walker (author) said:

    Thanks Roulette! Yes, this was a piece that we did in 2009 with the French Soundpainting Ensemble Anitya. I have some video of the first incarnation of the piece when we did it in Paris here on Strike Anywhere’ website: http://www.strikeanywhere.info/videos.cfm?VID=8BjuCgP53tE. I have video of the piece you posted as well but dont have it online….should really put it up because that was such a different incarnation with full costumes, set, gorgeous….really cool production and very different from the Paris one which I loved as well.,

  • Chauncey said:

    Bon je n’ai guère terminé de regarder cependant je reviens demain

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