FORESTED at The Chocolate Factory

UPCOMING: FORESTED by Amanda Loulaki
with lighting design by Joe Levasseur

April 9-12, 2014
Wednesday – Saturday @ 8pm

The Chocolate Factory
5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NYC 11101
*7 train to Vernon/Jackson (1st stop in Queens – 5 minutes from Grand Central!)

Tickets available at www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

residency by Joe Levasseur

photo by Joe Levasseur

In FORESTED, Amanda Loulaki flirts with fragmented time, imagery, empty space, non-linear narrative and the extremities of a movement’s physicality. FORESTED is comprised of a series of vignettes incorporating autobiographical elements while presenting the body as a container of history, and the space as a container of the body.

FORESTED is the second work in a trilogy (the first part, UNTITLED, premiered at The Kitchen in 2012) that focuses on the ways in which the audience’s gaze can be directed in performance, and how that gaze affects the experience of time. Both works are solo investigations into the contrast between absence and presence, empty and filled space; moving between the subjective and the objective, allowing negative space and silence to be the conduit between emotional states and the telling of the artist’s story; and highlighting the ways in which those differences, when applied to the body, can impact our perception of reality. In FORESTED, the body becomes the camera lens through which the audience creates its own narrative.

SNEAK PEEK

In Residence at The Chocolate Factory
photos by Joe Levasseur

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UNTITLED

UNTITLED

Created and performed by Amanda Loulaki
Sound score by Georgios Kontos with music by Giannis Aggelakas with permission by Alltogethernow
Visual context and costumes by Joanna Seitz
Lights by Joe Levasseur
Text by Amanda Loulaki

Premiere: The Kitchen
Feb 9-11, 2012

UNTITLED is an investigation of how the experience of time through imagery and movement can reconstruct reality. “Bereft of memory a person becomes the prisoner of an illusory existence, falling out time he is unable to seize his own link with the outside world” – Andrey Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time

Artistic intent for UNTITLED:

The impetus for the work is a desire to focus on the ways that reality can be reconstructed during live performance through fragmented time and imagery with the body being the medium. This work plays with the fine line between reality and narrative imagery. In my work I have been interested for the past years in the ways that the audience’s gaze can be engaged during performance and the ways that time is experienced.

At the extremes of a movement’s physicality and duration, emotional states surface from deep subconscious levels and intimate memories. For the creation of this work I employed improvisational structures to explore literally the emotional states that express the set of memories I am working with, and pushed their physicality to the edge. A narrative of images is presented as the ultimate performance.

“High Winds, a Rock Star Moment and a Touch of the Velvet Underground”
New York Times Review by Claudia La Rocco

“Take Them Disappearing”
Dance Beat Review by Deborah Jowitt

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photo by Juliete Cervantes for the New York Times
All photos below by Ian Douglas
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I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT at Performance Space 122′s COIL Festival!

I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT at Performance Space 122′s  COIL Festival.
Join us for another night!


Dates:

January 7 2011 at 5PM

January 8 2011 at 5 PM

January 11 2011 at 7.30 PM

Performance Space 122
150 1st Ave. (@ E. 9th St.)
New York, NY 10009
Tickets Online: www.ps122.org
Tickets by Phone: at (212) 352-3101
Box office is open for walk-up sales on performance dates:
Tuesday-Saturday: 4pm – 8pm
Sunday – 4pm to 6pm
To see active performance dates, www.ps122.org/performances

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Reviews of the show…

Lisa Liguori

Village Voice
“…Watching I Am Saying Goodnight is like watching people flay their souls in front of you…”
By Deborah Jowitt

Dance Examiner…

“…experience the emotional, dark world Loulaki creates in “I Am Saying Goodnight.”
By Jennifer Thompson

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OPENS THIS WEEK!

I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT

Wednesday, October 13 – Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday – Saturday at 8PM, LATE SHOW: Saturday, October 16 at 10PM
Thursday Night Social: October 14

Every night I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT only to wake up in the morning longing for the smell of coffee and start all over again until exhausted I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT only to wake up in the morning longing for the smell of coffee. It is definitely fragmented, a little dreamier than our everyday life and a little harsher than our dreams. We are caught in the middle…

With her new work, AMANDA LOULAKI flirts with the fine line between reality and narrative imagery. I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT feels like reflections on a pre-decided game that although we know how it ends we keep re-enacting it, always like thefirst time. It is all an experiment.

Conceived and directed by Amanda Loulaki
Created and performed by Rebacca Brooks, Carolyn Hall, Becky Serrell, Pedro Osorio and Amanda Loulaki
Sound Design by Amanda Loulaki
Sound Score by Georgios Kontos with music by Giannis Aggelakas and Nikos Veliotis with permission by Altogethernow : http://www.alltogethernow.gr
Costume Design by Joanna Seitz
Lights by Jonathan Belcher

Performance photos by Joanna Seitz

Amanda Loulaki
I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT

WORLD PREMIERE
http://www.ps122.org/

Supported in part by TestPerformanceTest, The Jerome Foundation and Dance Theater Workshop’s Suitcase Fund as part of the East/Central Europe Cultural Partnerships Program, with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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I AM SAYING GOODNIGHT at ZVRK Festival Sarajevo B&H


ZVRK Festival Sarajevo B&H
Performed at SARTR theater

an unforgettable experience  in such an interesting city with amazing people…


Conceived and directed by Amanda Loulaki
Created and performed by Rebacca Brooks, Carolyn Hall, Becky Serrell, Pedro Osorio and Amanda Loulaki
Sound Design by Amanda Loulaki
Sound Score by Georgios Kontos with music by Giannis Aggelakas and Nikos Veliotis with permission by Altogethernow : http://www.alltogethernow.gr
Costume Design by Joanna Seitz
Lights by Jonathan Belcher


performance photos by Sanja Hasagic

Supported in part by TestPerformanceTest, The Jerome Foundation and Dance Theater Workshop’s Suitcase Fund as part of the East/Central Europe Cultural Partnerships Program, with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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