August 10 – 13
at the Irondale Center
“An Evening of Soul-Wrenching Physical Theatre”
What: The Ume Group’s “5 – Year Anniversary NY Season”
Where: The Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
When: August 10, 7:30pm (preview) and August 11 – 13, 7:30pm
Cost: $45 At the Door, $40 In-Advance Online, $20 Preview
Act 1 – The Ume Group’s “LYSISTRATA PROJECT”
Act 2 – The Ume Group’s “DREAM DANCES” & “FACET”
Run Time: Approximately 3 hours, with one 15 minute intermission
Free Pre-Show Events:
August 10, 7:00pm – Live Cello Prelude by Timothy Rusterholz
August 11, 6:45pm – “Challenges of Butoh”, A Conversation with Jordan Rosin & George Tsouris
August 12, 6:45pm – A Synopsis by Two Clowns
August 13, 6:45pm – “Our Bodies as Maps: Physical Theatre”, A Conversation with Byron Hagan and Karina Sindicich
August 11 – Opening Night Talkback & Reception
August 13 – Closing Night Party & 2016-2017 Season Announcement
Brooklyn, NY: The Ume Group, a physical theatre ensemble hailed by New York critics for its “commanding, physically impressive performances” (The Village Voice) and “risky physical vulnerability” (nytheatre.com) is celebrating its 5-Year Anniversary with a week of performances at the historic Irondale Center in Brooklyn, NY, August 10 – 13, 2016.
Each evening features 3 of the company’s major works on a ravishing triple bill, including the WORLD PREMIERE of their latest original work “LYSISTRATA PROJECT”, a Commedia Dell’Arte-styled adaptation of the classic anti-war sex comedy by Aristophanes. Also included are “DREAM DANCES”, a moving meditation based on the real-life dreams of the artists and audiences themselves and “FACET”, a butoh-based, dance-theater duet chronicling the rise, fall, and oneness of mankind with a raw and poetic physicality.
Featuring: Jordan Rosin, Yokko, Byron Hagan, Karina Sindicich, Brantley Ivey, Clara Kundin, Miles Butler, Edgar Eguia, Julia Karis, Kaitlin Kaufman, & Jorge Luna.
Producing Artistic Director JORDAN ROSIN, Associate Artistic Director YOKKO, Lighting Design by DEREK VAN HEEL, Consulting Director KAITLYN SAMUEL, Original Mask Design & Fabrication SEAN DEVARE, Production Stage Manager MELISSA MOWRY, Technical Directors / Master Electricians ROBIN DILL and BRANDON STOCK, and Production Assistant DALTON HEDRICK.
Key Artist Biographies
Jordan Rosin (Producing Artistic Director, Director, Performer) is a physical theatre artist, director, teacher, and movement coach. Based primarily in butoh, he also draws on gymnastics, yoga, clowning, and martial arts to create physical theatre and movement which stirs audiences so that they are deeply moved. He received his BFA in Drama from Syracuse University and has trained with numerous teachers of butoh including Joan Laage, Vangeline, Diego Pinon, Tetsuro Fukahara, Ko Murobushi, Katsura Kan, and more. Jordan is a Co-Founder and serves as the Producing Artistic Director of the NYC-based physical theatre ensemble, The Ume Group. For The Ume Group, select credits include performer/co-creator of FACET (Hollywood Fringe Festival, WAVE RISING SERIES), co-choreographer of ISIS VARIATIONS (CoolNY 2014 Dance Festival, FringeNYC), director of DREAM DANCES and THE LYSISTRATA PROJECT. Jordan is also a frequent collaborator with the dance collective Ren Gyo Soh, for which performance credits include “SHINKA-evolution-” and “Hoichi, the earless.” He is also co-choreographer of BUTOH MEDEA (Winner: Best Choreography, United Solo Festival 2014). Other butoh performance credits include Tetsuro Fukahara’s Tokyo Space Dance Project in New York City (2013). For more information, visit http://www.jordanrosin.com or http://www.theumegroup.org
Yokko (Associate Artistic Director, Director, Performer) is an actress, movement artist, and Butoh performer from Japan, has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including “Best One-Woman Show” for Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014). Other theatre credits include BALDY(CRS; United Solo 2013; Hollywood Fringe 2013; FringeNYC 2012), Butoh Electra (Irondale Center; FringeNYC 2011), and many others. Dance credits include Isis Variations (Fringe NYC 2014); Facet (Hollywood Fringe 2013; Wave Rising Series). MFA Actors Studio Drama School. She is a proud member of The Ume Group and Void Theatre Company as well as the artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh in NYC. http://www.yokko-online.com/
The Ume Group (producer) is a physical based theater / dance theater ensemble dedicated to sharing traditions and developing new work. They are based in New York City at Grace & St. Paul’s Church in Manhattan where they develop work, host classes, and perform. For more information, visit: www.theumegroup.org