RAP 2019 | RESIDENT ARTIST SHOWINGS
HYPOKRIT THEATRE COMPANY
Performances May 17 & May 18, 2019
Written by Divya Mangwani
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee
You are on a journey to save the earth. You don’t believe the earth needs help. You are lost in the floods and the typhoons. You are the savior that advocates for the progress of humanity. You are the one that sees the beauty of destruction.
Gods and heroes and villains are a part of every epic story. In the story of our Earth, who are We? Are we the Creators, the Preservers or the Destroyers? Have we preserved what we should destroy? Or have we created a form of destruction?
Elements is a journey to understand our past and rebirth our future, using the myth of the Hindu trinity – Brahma as creator, Vishnu as Preserver and Shiva as Destroyer – and Tandav, the dance of destruction, the suppression of ignorance and the cosmic balance. Inspired by art installations, performance art and classical traditions of India.
I DON’T WANT TO INTERRUPT YOU GUYS
Performances May 19 & May 20, 2019
Created by Leonie Bell, Marcella Murray and Hyung Seok Jeon
Spring cleaning: three friends sort through a landscape of possibly fictitious anecdotes, reoccurring miscommunications, and other junk-treasures as they try to shift their inner tectonic plates closer together. They invite the audience on a kaleidoscopic quest for a kinder, braver way to be in this world. Meanwhile, homesickness and other sharp objects are laid out next to worries about time passing (us by).
I Don’t Want To Interrupt You Guys is a physicalized disruption of the defensive spaces we inhabit when we encounter our most vulnerable selves. Using live media, family histories, and a reverence for the kids we used to be, this piece is an attempt to rekindle what intimacy and empathy can be when misplaced properness is thrown out with the trash. This is a yard sale of memories that we may have altered in the interest of feeling connected to anything at all.
THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H.
Performances May 21 & May 22, 2019
Directed by Dara Malina
Composed by Lacy Rose
The Passion According to G.H. is the story of a woman who encounters a cockroach while cleaning her home, tastes the white stuff inside of the crushed insect, and has an existential awakening. Known only as G.H., an unmarried self-sufficient female sculptor, she travels time and space while never leaving the quadrilateral room described as a “minaret.” This transformative piece celebrates one of the finest Latin American writers of the twentieth-century. Our goal is to create something beautiful, grotesque and sublime. To immerse an audience into the soaring poetic language and abstract depths of this challenging work about individual agency, hope, and the meaning of life. To escape reality and enter the superior unreality of this mind-bending religious experience.
Performances May 19 & May 20, 2019
Created and Performed by Hannah Mitchell
Directed and Choreographed by Lisa Fagan
Warm Line is a daughter’s attempt to rekindle the warmth and exuberance of her mother’s life. It is a foggy and laughter-rippled homage to a life lived in service of others and in search of connection, of a woman flickering on the threshold between lucidity and psychosis. Euripides’ Bakkhai, Richard Simmons’ Anatomy Asylum, and a non-crisis overnight hot-line in Georgia are all set ablaze in this show where ancient and contemporary griefs smolder side-by-side.
Warm Line grapples with the legacy of suicide, and wonders how to remain close to the one who raised you when both love and pain radiate from that epicenter. What is the levity that we inherit amidst devastation? What is this belly-laugh that threads it’s way through trauma and keeps us buoyant? And what is the line that can extend between two strangers, beyond blood, and keep them going through the night?
Performances May 22 & May 23, 2019
Created by Sugar Vendil with Hajnal Pivnik and Laura Cocks
Antonym is an interdisciplinary piece that connects sound, movement, and projection design. There’s no antonym for nostalgia. Antonym (working title) attempts to construct the thing we don’t have a word for: if nostalgia is a yearning for the past, Antonym longs for forward motion and envisions the future as an escape from pain. Using field recordings of New York City throughout the year, the four seasons serve as a cyclical frame and context for memory. This performance will show the first completed movement I. Winter: Now, Then, and then. It features composer-pianist Sugar Vendil, violinist Hajnal Pivnik, flutist Laura Cocks, projection design by Stephanie Acosta, and costumes by fashion designer Mimi Prober.