We're excited to announce that we'll be presenting short works on the theme of Memory next month via Undiscovered Works' Sunday Series! April 14th at 5pm. This is a benefit series where Undiscovered Works partners with presenters (like us!) to raise money for a cause - in this case a non-profit organization dedicated to combating Alzheimer's disease. Mark your calendars if you want to catch a bit of what BrickaBrack's all about that night at Ryan's Daughter Irish Pub.
Happy New Year, Friends!
I can't believe it, but BrickaBrack turns seven this year... SEVEN! Seven years feels strangely epic in the life of a small theatre company like ours... so much has happened, so many projects, moving from Oakland to NY, huge changes in our social and political landscape -- but here we are seven years later, continuing to make work and pursue the dream!
Speaking of dreams, Amy and I had a great meeting today laying out our goals for the year ahead. We're excited to develop new artistic projects, training opportunities, partnerships, and avenues towards our financial goals. One thing we're both determined to do in 2019 is to make genuine efforts to foster community. In an era where we can easily feel disconnected or isolated despite all our means of technological interaction, we were discussing the value of showing up -- actually being in a space and engaging with people face to face. Any hey - guess what? - that's exactly what our work with BrickaBrack is about. Isn't it funny? The things that resonate with us as people often bring us back to the reasons we make theatre -- and specifically, theatre that seeks to engage in a direct, engaging, personal way.
So we look forward to connecting with you - IN PERSON - in the year ahead, and to welcoming you or re-connecting with you if you're already a part of our community.
Wishing you all a very joyous and prosperous 2019 full of true connection!
Founding Artistic Director
When Amy and I performed in China at Shenzhen Design Week a few months ago, there were a million cameras around (so many that we had to dodge them/integrate them into our performance) -- But we weren't sure we'd get any of the footage, because we didn't have our own videographer or crew with us.
Well, much to our delight (and thanks to our friends at Double Vision!), we recently received video of our work through one of the conference organizers, Di Hu, and it's great! We've been able to extract some images, below. They really give a sense of what the performance was like, the level of interactivity, and how we were completely surrounded by cameras and people on their phones! For a project that was about the intersection of technology and our everyday practices, these production photos speak to our topic perfectly :) ~ GG
Amy & I are super excited to be making our international BrickaBrack debut tomorrow in Shenzhen, China! We'll be performing as part of Shenzhen Design Week in a collaboration with our friends, Double Vision. We've created an audience-interactive movement duet with live video feed interplay. Can't wait to share the pics with you - check out this link for a preview :) ~ GG
Amy & I have been in China this week, and during our visit, we've had the opportunity to develop a project with our friends Pauline and Sean of Double Vision who are in residence in Shanghai. A few shots from rehearsal below.
More to come soon about this exciting new piece we're calling 9 Ways & Means, to be presented in Shenzhen! ~ GG
Photos: Pauline Jennings
We're excited to announce that we've begun work on a new (as yet untitled) project. Trying a different approach to our collaborative game on this one! In this first phase of development, we'll brainstorm and build the frame for a new theatre piece, laying groundwork for a later workshop phase of exploration. We'll also use our energy and resources to collectively develop producing partnerships and opportunities.
Joining us on this journey are new collaborators, Jennifer Sandella and Monica Furman, first time BrickaBrackers! See some information on them below. More updates soon :) GG
Amy & I are super excited to be traveling to Shanghai, China in April to conduct some workshops in our BrickaBrack ensemble theatre-making techniques -- which we call "BrickaBrack Building Blocks." We'll be posting more info on our trip here, so be sure to check back for updates on our journey! From Shanghai we'll also spend a few days in Hong Kong. For both of us, our first trip to anywhere in the East! So much to discover...
Our December workshops with AnA Collaborations went great! Here are a few shots in case you missed it - Hope to see you at the next one!
Hi Friends of BB!
We're so excited to announce that we'll be co-teaching two workshops with our friends AnA Collaborations on December 12th & 19th. Both sessions go 10 - 1. We'll be demonstrating our ensemble theatre techniques, while Alex (awesome pic below) and Audrey of AnA share their dance-making practices. Then you'll get a chance to try them out with participants.
These workshops will be a great experience for anyone who's an actor, dancer, or mover who wants to get a good mental and physical workout and is interested in expanding their practice outside their comfort zone (especially dancers with little theatre training, or actors with little dance training). We hope they'll inspire you with developing your own work/choreo/theatre.
Only $35/both sessions or $20/session. Save the dates: 12/12 & 12/19. More info to come on our Workshops/Training page!
Meet our Ensemble Member, Ingrid Raison!
Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Paris, France. I have lived there most of life, but three years ago I decided to move to New York to pursue acting. I live in Astoria now and I can’t get enough Greek food!
What got you interested in ensemble work?
I have always wanted to work within a creative home, since collaborative work is the core of any artistic endeavor. I think an ensemble is a place where you can build trust to explore. I love the playing dimension. In French, the process of acting can be translated as jeu which means game. I believe acting is intimately linked to this idea of playing games like when we were kids. Because we have created a safe environment during our workshops, I feel we regain the freedom that kids experience when they play games, and this is when brilliant discoveries happen.
What are your favorite things about life in NYC?
I love the energy of the city, it is so fast-paced but it gives a tremendous yearning to create and accomplish your goals. But it is also great to sometimes take a step back and jump on the LIRR or the Metro-North. In order to better appreciate this city you often need to look at it from afar.
What do you like most about working with BrickaBrack so far?
Being a member of BrickaBrack has taught to be more confident in my creative instincts. Devised theatre has definitely grown on me. I love that movement research and creative writing have such a large part within our jams. Both seem to intertwine and nurture each other. I am so happy to be learning how to build a play from scratch. It is both incredibly exhilarating and challenging.
Musings by the BrickaBrack Ensemble