Creating your own monologue: Workshop with Ivana Catanese

Posted Thursday February 16 by Corissa L. Bryant

Creating your own monologue: discovering freedom in structure

February 27 - March 10, Monday - Friday
4:10pm - 6:00pm, CenterStage, '62 Center

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In this two-week workshop, students will develop their creative freedom by experimenting with theatrical structures and texts. As a springboard we will use selected texts from Heiner Müller's "HamletMachine" as well as work from several Argentinian authors in English translation, such as Sonnia De Monte. This will allow us to explore the dramaturgy of the actor through individual monologues. From there, these pieces will serve as the foundation for new approaches and radical, collaborative revisions. The actors will rewrite and reframe the work from the first period: they may retain the original structure of their piece but use a completely different text, for example. The movement from externally to internally imposed structures will free the actor’s imagination and expression, giving his or her work more clarity, precision and room for play.

Play translations by Ivana Catanese & Michael Tcherepashenets.

Ivana Catanese, is an artist who creates theater scores via multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural collaboration inspired by real stories, myth & the classics. She created in collaboration with Maria Bacardi "Lost Lesson” inspired in the life of Hildelgart Rodriguez Caballeira, Epona’s Labyrinth inspired by Abe Kobo’s Secret Rendezvous with Kameron Steele, “Quietud” inspired by Medea with Longo and “Me Pegan Las Luces” inspired by the classic Japanese tale of Hanjo with Scattareggi. With her company, The South Wing/alaSur, founded with Kameron Steele in 2000, she has performed, directed, & produced “Hanjo” (Teatro Degollado, Mx; HERE Arts Center, NYC; mexicoNow Festival, NYC; CRS, NYC), “AOI!” (Japan Society, PS122, Prelude Festival, undergroundzero festival), Epona’s Labyrinth in residency at the Watermill Center and HERE Arts Center. As a teacher, she’s led courses and workshops in Mendoza at UNCuyo, Nave Universitaria, Le Parc, Teatro Independencia; in Buenos Aires at CELCIT, Andamio 90; in New York at Spoke the Hub, LIU, Mark Morris; in Brussels at La Bellone; in Barcelona at Institut del Teatre; in France at La Colle; in Mexico at Universidad de Guadalajara. She is the artistic director of I [love] MZ a festival that creates bridges between Mendoza and the rest of the world.

Her new project EKOS is a writing collaboration with artists and students from Argentina and USA. Past grant awards include: MAP, NEA, NYSCA, NPN, MAAF, Japan Foundation, ConaCulta (Mexico), Fondo Nacional de los Artes & INT (Argentina) among others. Her recent production, “Me Pegan Las Luces” won awards at Mendoza’s 2016 Festival de Estrenos and is part of Festival Provincial de Teatro 2017.