A WEEK OF IMPROVISATION, PERFORMANCE and DIALOGUE
On the theme of remembering. . .

From February 18-26th, at the tail end of African-American history month, international artists, Julia Metzger-Traber and Davide De Lillis, will facilitate a week of performative events around the St. Lawrence campus on the act of remembering.  These Berlin-based performance artists will be teaching, performing, questioning and listening with the Canton community. 

Their week-long intervention will include:

Monday, February 18 at 6:00pm
‘the mnemonic feast’
An interactive dining event.
The Parkview (above the Blackbird)
Limit of 20 participants at each feast.
Please RSVP to Natasha Haverty (natasha@ncpr.org).
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
‘risking permeability’
A two-day improvisation workshop
William Randolph Hearst Studio, Noble Center 109
Free and open to the public.

RESCHEDULED! Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00pm
Performances of ‘clumsy praying fist’, their original work.
Edson R. Miles Black Box Theater
Followed by a talk back with artists. Refreshments provided.
Free and open to the public.

'clumsy praying fist'
Created in Berlin where the air is thick with collective memory, is a performance piece that investigates our responses to traumatic experience—as individuals and societies.  

The way our brains record a threatening event is an ancient process, crucial to our survival, but at a certain point the mechanisms that are meant to defend us can become the threat itself.

clumsy praying fist is a haunting and playful attempt to embrace, inhabit and escape these mechanisms of survival.

Sunday, February 24 at 6:00pm
‘the mnemonic feast’
An interactive dining event.
The Parkview (above the Blackbird)
Limit of 20 participants at each feast.
Please RSVP to Natasha Haverty (natasha@ncpr.org).
Free and open to the public.
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Artist bios:

Davide and Julia met while studying physical theater, Butoh and improvisation at the KIM Post School in Berlin.  They went on to co-found, along with 5 other artists, the performing arts collective ’77 Stolen Fish’. The two of them now create, perform, direct and teach together around Europe and the US under the moniker ‘che ne so’. 

Julia Metzger-Traber is a US-born performance artist with Jewish and German roots and a compulsion to interrogate power from all angles. Not bound to a single genre or discipline, she works from posing questions, often transforming the environment and her body in the process. She studied dance, improve comedy and physical theater in Massachusetts, New York, Oakland, Dublin, and Poland, most notably with Harupin-Ha Butoh dance company, the remarkable women at the Grotowski Institute, and Anne Bogart’s SITI company. Her degree is in social, political theory, however she found she prefers exploring ideas through bodies and space.  She is an improviser at heart. Collaboration is her lifeblood.

Davide De Lillis was born in a small town in Italy.  Most recently he emerged from the dark room of Tino Sehgal’s ‘This Variation’ which ran for 100 days at Documenta13 in Kassel, Germany.  Before that, Davide studied and performed for years as a member of Compagnia Esse p.a.  under choreographer Alessandra Luberti  and Officine Ouragan for director Claudio Collová, both based in Palermo, Sicily.  With them, he toured Italy and under their mentorship he received training from internationally-renowned performers in physical theater, contemporary dance, Butoh, contact improvisation, movement research, and improvisation.  He continued his studies in Rome, Freiburg and Berlin. In addition to his performing, he now teaches contact improvisation and directs, constantly trying to push the borders of his comfort zone and find honesty through collaborative risk-taking.   .

 

clumsy praying fist
Photo: Puppet_Fra

clumsy praying fist 2
Photo: Puppet_Fra

 

 

julia
Photo: Roger Rossell

davide
Photo: Roger Rossell