Wall to Wall, Directed by Dan Safer
Second year actors and scenographers premiere a new collaborative work with guest artist Dan Safer of Witness Relocation, NYC.
The launching point for the work will be extreme behavior in anonymous spaces – what happens in Hotel Rooms, Airbnb’s, waiting rooms. Public vs Private behavior. Intimate vs. distant. Familiar vs anonymous. How do we act when we are not ultimately responsible for our surroundings? How do we act when we are suddenly on vacation from our “real lives” (although we’re not really “on vacation”)? What kind of behavior do we dive into when we are in a liminal space? What do we do in the moments of our lives, and the places in our lives that feel like they are maybe not an ongoing part of our lives but a break from our usual reality?
This four week project uses a short and intense process, with a large ensemble investigating and playfully experimenting approaches to materials, choreography and space. One of the tasks has been to use only found materials for scenography, where recycling and reuse are involved in reimagining what things can be in a temporary, llimited space and limited time.
Gregers Andreas Hansen
Nina Tind Jensen
Jakob Schnack Krog
Andrea Madsen Lindeneg
Linn Haldrup Lorenzen
José Cecilio Orozco Martinez
Duduzile Libazisa Sfiso Mathonsi
Dan Safer originally hails from the wild suburbs of New Jersey and has directed and choreographed every WR show ever. He recently choreographed and co-directed the New York Times critically acclaimed “The Loon” at Abrons Arts, and “Ubu Sings Ubu” with Tony Torn and Julie Atlas Muz. Beside Witness Relocation shows, his work as a choreographer has been seen at the BAM, DTW, St. Mark’s Church and the Ash Lawn Opera.
He has choreographed plays, operas, rock videos, fashion shows, and films. In 2011, he choreographed Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” for Philadelphia Orchestra with the Obie-winning New York based Ridge Theater. He was a 2007-9 recipient of the Six Points Fellowship (Performance) and has won two NY Innovative Theater Awards. Artforum Magazine called him “pure expressionistic danger” and Time Out NY called him “a purveyor of lo-fi mayhem.” He is the Head of Movement Training at NYU/ Playwrights Horizons Theater School and a frequent teacher at The Norwegian Theatre Academy. He used to be a go-go dancer and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand’s Birthday Party.
Witness Relocation formed in 2000 and is led by director/choreographer Dan Safer. The company is ensemble based and makes shows ranging from fully scripted plays to original, devised dance/theatre pieces to many things in between. Based in New York City, they are recognized as one of the “ensembles who now lead the city’s progressive theater scene” (Village Voice), and are the recipients of three New York Innovative Theater Awards. Witness Relocation performs frequently in dance and theatre venues internationally. In NYC and across the US, these include La MaMa, Dance New Amsterdam, The Ontological/Incubator, The Bushwick Starr, NYC Summer Stage, Dixon Place, CATCH!, CSV, The Ohio Theater, Dancespace Project, Solar One, American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, Fuse Box in Austin, TX, Bumbershoot in Seattle, WA, Revolutions in Albuquerque, NM, Fury Factory in San Francisco, CA, and Out of Hand in Atlanta, GA. Internationally, the company has performed in France at Theatre de Chaillot, Paris, Les Subsistances, Lyon, and Le Quartz, Brest; in Poland at the Manggha Museum, Krakow and the Silesian Dance Theater Festival, Bytom; in Russia at the Open Look Festival, St. Petersburg; in Romania at Man.in.Fest, Cluj-Napoca; in Canada at the Dancing On The Edge Festival in Vancouver, BC; and in Thailand at Patravadi Theater, Bangkok.