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All I Wanted To Say

Multimedia and Dance Performance
directed by Silvia Girardi

Performance Times:
April 1-2, 2011 and April 6-7, 2011
8 pm

All I Wanted To Say

All I Wanted to Say is a multidisciplinary journey through theatre, dance, poetry, film, digital art, and music that explores both how we "choose" to communicate in the Digital Era and how these modes have transformed through time. A close look at the poetry, letters, text messages, and emails we all send can reveal how much remains untold.

This performance presents a reflection on technology's major role in how, when, and what we say. Through a collage investigation of new and found texts as they intersect with projection, voice-over, chat room artifacts, and performance dialogue, we seek to immerse the audience in a bath of language and image that traverses communication and poetic expression over time and genres.

Few would argue that the online social networking obsession has offered a mixed blessing: it paradoxically creates and sustains community while fomenting a viral gathering of superficial relationships. The mundane objects that characterize our digital lives are both sacred and profane. But in the end these tools are in service to the connection we all long for. The words we send into the ether as a whisper, a text message, or handwritten on paper, all seek the abstraction of presence.

The piece is staged with one live actress and a Milan based interactive actor recorded on screen. The two characters represent male and female archetypes and all the variable possible nets of relationships.

Throughout the creation process we wish to challenge the ensemble work parameters. Can technology bring international artists together without necessarily sharing a rehearsal space? Can we rehearse via Skype or Ustream or Dropbox and yet maintain vibrant interactions among the collaborators? Can FB feedbacks from our virtual audience inform our process? The piece is as much a comment on the media we use in life and on stage, as well as the content of those communications.

Braced against narrative with an emphasis on the emotional and evocative component we will use new texts in Italian and in English, letters from historical figures, chat rooms conversations, Twitter and Facebook status updates, words from Sappho, Rainer Maria Rilke, Dante Alighieri, Bertold Brecht, Theatre of the Absurd.

COLLABORATORS

Director: Silvia Girardi
Direactor / Performer: Giuliano Pirotello
Poet: Allison DeLauer
Independent film production house: Cinematique
Choreographer: Folawole
Musician: Matt Venuti
Video documentary and photos: Seng Chen
Digital artist: Tim Roseborough
Lighting Designer: Brendan Aanes
Stage Manager: Donna Bervinchak

AIWS is co-produced by RAW (resident artist workshop) The Garage is the home of SAFEhouse for the Arts (Saving Art From Extinction), a non-profit arts presenting organization that specializes in incubating new performing art through residencies, workshops and performance. The Garage is the home of the raw & uncut performance showcase, RAW (resident artists' workshop), SPF (summer performance festival) and AIRspace (queer performing artists residency program). 415 518 1517

TOUR 2011

The Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St. San Francisco
Feb 27, 2011 7pm
redpoppyarthouse.org

The Garage
975 Howard St. San Francisco
April 1,2 & 6,7 2011 8pm
975howard.com

FuryFactory Festival - Noh Space
2840 Mariposa St. San Francisco
June 7, 8 2011 7.30pm
foolsfury.org

Italy, August 2011

Germany, August 2011

Los Angeles, November 2011

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