PERFORMANCE, FILMS AND EVENTS DURING SUMMER 2016
(Performances and films dates for 2017 will be announced soon)
DATES FOR THE 2016 SEASON:
“The Multifaceted world of Modern Movement Theatre”
THE WHITE CHURCH THEATRE PROJECT presents “Encounter in the Clouds”
A movement theatre piece performed by the two latest Theatre de l’Ange Fou apprentices, Catherine Young (USA) and Kazuki Onoue (Japan). Created and directed by Steven Wasson & Corinne Soum, this short poetic and absurdist play portrays the hit and miss moments of two newlyweds.
Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm
Hosted cocktail hour follows. Donations gratefully accepted.
1) “The Valley Studio, More than a Place” Reunion and Book Presentation
A reunion, at The White Church Theatre Project, celebrating the Valley Studio, (1970 to 1979) the famous, innovative school located in the Wyoming Valley in southwest Wisconsin, described by the New York Times as the center of the Mime training in the U.S. Former Director, Prof. E. Reid Gilbert, actor, director teacher, writer and founder of The Wisconsin Mime Theatre, will present his newly published book of memoirs, “Valley Studio, More than a Place”. The weekend gathering also includes a duet performance by the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, ‘Memory of Dust”, and video projections of former alumni theatrical work, readings from Reid’s book, lunch, buffet, refreshment, and plenty more to share.
July 15 to July 17
For a complete schedule and registration please E-mail at Infoschool @angefou.co.uk.
2) “Memory of Dust”
Theatre de l’Ange Fou
Directed by Steven Wasson, performed by Corinne Soum and Steven Wasson.
One of the latest duets of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, “Memory of Dust” is a modernist fable on the enduring connection of two souls. Inspired by the French writer Robert Desnos, letters, papers, poems, the surrealist movement in Paris, and the Second World War, weave a timeless map on which a poet and his muse invent their destiny. “Memory of Dust” is a voyage evoking the tragic and absurd moments of life in a dream like atmosphere performance punctuated by humour and derision, a portrait of the “unknown familiar”. A unique modern movement theatre experience.
July 16 at 4h30 pm; performance included in the reunion -“ The Valley Studio, not another place”
Further performances of “Memory of Dust”:
July 23 (7pm).
August 13 (7pm), 14 (4pm), 20 (7pm), 21 (4pm).
Suggested donation: $15 per person.
3) “Presentation of The Intensive Summer School Creative Work.” Directed by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum
Devised during the Intensive Summer School, these performances explore from a creative point of view the infinite possibilities of Movement Theatre and the technique of Corporeal Mime. Summer school plays are always full of imagination and energy, and are an encounter of the world of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou and the various backgrounds of the participants.
July 29 and 30, 7pm, suggested donation: 15 dollars per person.
4) Invited Guests: “Past Point Zero”
Created and performed by:
Ariel Weymouth-Payne & Kiro Kopulos
Guest artists: Kanopy Dance Company directors: Lisa Thurrel & Robert Cleary
Ariel Weymouth-Payne (San Francisco) and Kiro Kopulos (Madison), choreographers, dancers, and performance artists, present: “Past Point Zero”, a Physical Theatre Performance about wayfarers going through a kaleidoscope of human torment, desire and dreams. From dark to light, this piece juggles with duality in a symbolist, yet tongue in cheek style.
August 6 (5pm and 7pm), 7 (4pm).
Suggested donation: $15 per person.
5) “The Penelope Complex”Written and Directed by Steven Wasson.
This film was shot over a period of five years in the London studio of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou and on location throughout England, France and Japan. The Penelope Complex is part of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou‘s exploration of mythological themes. The film uses the resources offered by movement theatre with a cast of 25 actors, all trained by the Theatre de l’Ange Fou. The adventures of Ulysses are transposed into the confines of “The House of Ithaca Asylum for the Mythologically Deranged”. The different landscapes are the many beds of the asylum, inmates and the asylum personnel personify the gods and demons, and the sea is an ocean of yesterday’s newspapers. This surrealistic choreography, with a colourful soundscape, looks to be performed by long forgotten characters of the silent screen.
August 26, 27 (7pm).
September 2, 3 (7pm).
October 16 (3pm).
Suggested Donation: $10 per personOther performances for September to be announced soon!
PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES by Theatre de l’Ange Fou
“A Letter or Two”
This movement theatre piece is performed by the two latest Theatre de l’Ange Fou apprentices, Kazuki Onoue (Japan) and Catherine Young (USA). Directed by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum, this short play is a portrait of the possible hope and perplexity in receiving a simple letter.
From Paris to London to...the Wyoming Valley”
Directors Steven Wasson & Corinne Soum presented a lecture/archival film presentation celebrating over 30 years of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, their company dedicated to a modern movement theatre. October 2015.
“Memory of Dust”
Directed by Steven Wasson
Performed by Corinne Soum and Steven Wasson The latest duet by the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, “Memory of Dust”, is a modernist fable on the enduring connections of two souls. Performed July and August 2015
“The Penelope Complex”
A feature film written and directed by Steven Wasson.
This film was shot over a period of five years in the London studio of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou and on location throughout England, France and Japan. “The Penelope Complex” is part of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou’s exploration of mythological themes, and was started prior to the production of their play “Waiting for Ulysses”. Performed July and August 2015
Homage to Dominique Benicheti (1943-2011), a visionary filmmaker
“Cousin Jules” Directed by Dominique Benicheti. Introduction by Steven Wasson
An Ode to the simple pleasures of life, “Cousin Jules” is a beautiful, immersive portrait of a blacksmith living with his wife on a small farm in the French countryside. Performed July, August and September 2015.
Presentation of the creative work of the Intensive Summer School sessions:
- July 2015
PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES by Invited Guests:
Performance Reading: E. REID GILBERT “BITS & PIECES”, Short Stories from a Long Life…
Mime actor, director, teacher, writer and poet, Reid Gilbert read from his new book, BITS & PIECES, short stories from a long life.
KANOPY PROJECT: A new work directed by Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum for the Kanopy Dance Company
Performance Poets: MICHAEL DA COSTA EBB AND FLOW “Vicissitudes of a would-be spiritual aspirant...”
A concert of songs, poems, dramatic monologues and dialogues, written and performed by MICHAEL DA COSTA.
Performance Poets: ROB EVISON “Back in Australia, the most East of the West…”
A performance piece, juggling text and movement, inspired by Australian poet Francis Brabazon’s masterpiece, STAY WITH GOD.