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Virginia Dare at The Painted Bride

by on Feb.21, 2014, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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The Bridal Salon reading series at The Painted Bride

presents a developmental reading of Jeffrey Stanley‘s unproduced play Virginia Dare at 7pm on Wednesday, February 26th in Philadelphia.

The Bridal Salon is a play-reading series created to support the ever growing Philadelphia theater community. Actors, directors, playwrights and theater enthusiasts can all benefit. This year, local artist Cara Blouin brings in trained new play adjudicators to each reading, providing feedback critical to the writing process. The entry fee for audience members is Pay What You Can.

Come and check out Jeffrey Stanley’s latest and nail him to the wall with your comments on this haunting Appalachian drama.

230 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

More at www.paintedbride.org/bridalsalon/

 

 

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Happy Holidays from Boneyards

by on Dec.22, 2013, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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We’ll leave a light on for you.

SadhuShiva3 and Boneyards wish you happy holidays, a wide open third eye and a brightly illuminated new year.

Look for us to resurface after the spring thaw.

Thine,
Your Friends in the Cellar

 

 

 

 

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Don’t Be Alarmed

by on Aug.18, 2013, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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A sneak peek at BONEYARDS’ unique setting in the coal cellar of a 119-year-old storefront synagogue in South Philly.

[music: "Requiem for a Vampire" by Matt Fink.]

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There’s a Litte Taphophile in All of Us

by on Aug.15, 2013, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Very limited seating
$10 tix onsale now

Press Contact:
info@shiva3.com

8/1/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA – Shiva3 is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeffrey Stanley’s solo show BONEYARDS in the 2013 Philly Fringe this September. The 80-minute show will be performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue, also known as “the little shul” (part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philadelphia for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue.Stanley’s solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD, and began as a workshop while he was a 2011-12 artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a performing arts faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He is also blogs about religion for the Washington Post.

About the Show
A funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical, taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the cadaverous–from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers.Is there a meaning to the universe? Is the spirit world speaking to you right now through this press release? If so it should be testable, no? Thrill as Stanley points to a tombstone and researches the forgotten dead beneath it, forming connections with the deceased who rise to the surface halfway around the world in a Kolkata graveyard, and in his own Appalachian family. Shriek and shimmy as Stanley worships the dead in song. Be amazed as a live seance yields messages for audience members. Psychism? Telepathy? Subconscious ideomotor impulses? Watch, decide, leave smiling, healed and redeemed.

BONEYARDS. There’s a little taphophile in all of us.

Two Unique Locations
Similar to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel is an historic, century-old synagogue and hidden architectural gem in South Philly on 4th Street near Snyder Avenue. Audience members are invited to come 30 minutes early to wander the 3 story building before descending into the dark, dank coal cellar for Stanley’s macabre performance. Due to space constraints seating is limited to 20. The 7th and final performance will be held outdoors at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the main inspiration for the show.

About Writer-Performer Jeffrey Stanley
His play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999 and went on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. Other plays include the 2003 metaphysical comedy Medicine, Man commissioned by the Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia and most recently produced at Theatre Three Dallas, and Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta’s classical Indian and modern dance show Einstein/Tagore: Seashore of Endless Worlds. Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble, and a past board secretary at Plays & Players.  He has been a resident of prestigious artists’ colony Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer theatre and film workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He has appeared as a guest writer in The New York Times, New York Press and Time Out New York, and he was an editorial advisor to Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies’ book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). Stanley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television.

Listings Information
What: BONEYARDS

When (note there are TWO LOCATIONS):
Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel
Sun 9/8/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/10/13 8pm
Wed 9/11/13 8pm
Thu 9/12/13 8pm
Sun 9/15/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/17/13 8pm
Doors open 30 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wed 9/18/13 6:30pm
(rain date 9/19/13 6:30pm)

Tickets: $10, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website, http://fringearts.ticketleap.com/boneyards. No tickets will be sold in person at the door.

 

Festival Information
The 2013 Philly Fringe will take place September 5-September 22, 2013. Tickets prices range from free to $30, and can be purchased online at http://www.fringearts.com. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city. The Philly Fringe was founded in 1997. Today it serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form–in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones.

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Your Own Personal Charon

by on Aug.02, 2013, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Boneyards GUIDE AD 2

 

Press Contact:
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8/1/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA – Shiva3 is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeffrey Stanley’s solo show BONEYARDS in the 2013 Philly Fringe this September. The 80-minute show will be performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue, also known as “the little shul” (part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philadelphia for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue.

Stanley’s solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD, and began as a workshop while he was a 2011-12 artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a performing arts faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He  also writes first-person religion essays  for the Washington Post.

About the Show
A funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical, taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the cadaverous–from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers.

Is there a meaning to the universe? Is the spirit world speaking to you right now through this press release? If so it should be testable, no? Thrill as Stanley points to a tombstone and researches the forgotten dead beneath it, forming connections with the deceased who rise to the surface halfway around the world in a Kolkata graveyard, and in his own Appalachian family. Shriek and shimmy as Stanley worships the dead in song. Be amazed as a live seance yields messages for audience members. Psychism? Telepathy? Subconscious ideomotor impulses? Watch, decide, leave smiling, healed and redeemed.

BONEYARDS. There’s a little taphophile in all of us.

Two Unique Locations
Similar to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel is an historic, century-old synagogue and hidden architectural gem in South Philly on 4th Street near Snyder Avenue. Audience members are invited to come 30 minutes early to wander the 3 story building before descending into the dark, dank coal cellar for Stanley’s macabre performance. Due to space constraints seating is limited to 20. The 7th and final performance will be held outdoors at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the main inspiration for the show.

About Writer-Performer Jeffrey Stanley
His play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999 and went on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. Other plays include the 2003 metaphysical comedy Medicine, Man commissioned by the Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia and most recently produced at Theatre Three Dallas, and Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta’s classical Indian and modern dance show Einstein/Tagore: Seashore of Endless Worlds. Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble, and a past board secretary at Plays & Players.  He has been a resident of prestigious artists’ colony Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer theatre and film workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He has appeared as a guest writer in The New York Times, New York Press and Time Out New York, and he was an editorial advisor to Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies’ book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). Stanley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television.

Listings Information
What: BONEYARDS

When (note there are TWO LOCATIONS):
Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel
Sun 9/8/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/10/13 8pm
Wed 9/11/13 8pm
Thu 9/12/13 8pm
Sun 9/15/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/17/13 8pm
Doors open 30 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wed 9/18/13 6:30pm
(rain date 9/19/13 6:30pm)

Tickets: $10, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website, http://fringearts.ticketleap.com/boneyards. No tickets will be sold in person at the door.

Festival Information
The 2013 Philly Fringe will take place September 5-September 22, 2013. Tickets prices range from free to $30, and can be purchased online at http://www.fringearts.com. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city. The Philly Fringe was founded in 1997. Today it serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form–in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones.

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There’s a little taphophile in all of us

by on Jul.15, 2013, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Boneyards GUIDE AD 2

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6/25/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA – Shiva3 is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeffrey Stanley’s solo show BONEYARDS in the 2013 Philly Fringe this September. The 60-minute show will be performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue, also known as “the little shul” (currently part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philly near Snyder Avenue for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue. Stanley’s solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD, and began as a workshop production while he was a 2011-12 artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a performing arts faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He is also a religion blogger for the Washington Post.

About the Show
A funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical, taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the cadaverous — from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers. Is there a meaning to the universe? Is the spirit world speaking to you right now through this press release? If so it should be testable, no? Thrill as Stanley points to a tombstone and researches the forgotten dead beneath it, forming connections with the deceased who rise to the surface halfway around the world in a Kolkata graveyard, and in his own Appalachian family. Shriek and shimmy as Stanley worships the dead in song. Be amazed as a live seance yields messages for audience members. Psychism? Telepathy? Subconscious ideomotor impulses? Watch, decide, leave smiling, healed and redeemed.

BONEYARDS. There’s a little taphophile in all of us.

Two Unique Locations
Similar to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel is an historic, century-old synagogue and hidden architectural gem in South Philly on 4th Street near Snyder Avenue. Audience members are invited to come 30 minutes early to wander the 3 story building before descending into the dark, dank coal cellar for Stanley’s macabre performance. Due to space constraints seating is limited to 20. The 7th and final performance will be held outdoors at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the main inspiration for the show.

About Writer-Performer Jeffrey Stanley
Jeffrey Stanley’s play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999 and went on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. He is a regular religion blogger for the Washington Post, and a performing arts faculty at both New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University. Other plays include the 2003 Medicine, Man commissioned by the Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia and most recently produced at Theatre Three Dallas, and Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta’s classical Indian and modern dance show Einstein/Tagore: Seashore of Endless Worlds. He was a 2011-12 PDC artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble. He has been a resident of prestigious artists’ colony Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer theatre and film workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He has appeared as a guest writer in The New York Times, New York Press and Time Out New York, and he was an editorial adviser to Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies’ book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). Stanley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television.

Listings Information
What: BONEYARDS

When (note there are TWO LOCATIONS):

Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel
Sun 9/8/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/10/13 8pm
Wed 9/11/13 8pm
Thu 9/12/13 8pm
Sun 9/15/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/17/13 8pm
Doors open 30 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wed 9/18/13 6:30pm
(rain date 9/19/13 6:30pm)Tickets: $10, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website, http://www.fringearts.com. No tickets will be sold in person at the door.

Festival Information
The 2013 Philly Fringe will take place September 5-September 22, 2013. Tickets prices range from free to $30, and can be purchased online at http://www.fringearts.com. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city. The Philly Fringe was founded in 1997. Today it serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form–in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones.

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Bad to the Bone

by on Jun.26, 2013, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Boneyards GUIDE AD 2

Press Contact:

6/25/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA – Shiva3 is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeffrey Stanley’s solo show BONEYARDS in the 2013 Philly Fringe this September. The 60-minute show will be performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue, also known as “the little shul” (currently part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philly near Snyder Avenue for 6 performances. The 7th and final show will take place outdoors at Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue.  Stanley’s solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD, and began as a workshop production while he was a 2011-12 artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre. Stanley is a performing arts faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He is also a religion blogger for the Washington Post.

About the Show
A funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical, taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the cadaverous — from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers. Is there a meaning to the universe? Is the spirit world speaking to you right now through this press release? If so it should be testable, no? Thrill as Stanley points to a tombstone and researches the forgotten dead beneath it, forming connections with the deceased who rise to the surface halfway around the world in a Kolkata graveyard, and in his own Appalachian family. Shriek and shimmy as Stanley worships the dead in song. Be amazed as a live seance yields messages for audience members. Psychism? Telepathy? Subconscious ideomotor impulses? Watch, decide, leave smiling, healed and redeemed.

BONEYARDS. There’s a little taphophile in all of us.

Two Unique Locations
Similar to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel is an historic, century-old synagogue and hidden architectural gem in South Philly on 4th Street near Snyder Avenue. Audience members are invited to come 30 minutes early to wander the 3 story building before descending into the dark, dank coal cellar for Stanley’s macabre performance. Due to space constraints seating is limited to 20. The 7th and final performance will be held outdoors at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the main inspiration for the show.

About Writer-Performer Jeffrey Stanley
Jeffrey Stanley’s play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999 and went on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently a Chicago premiere. He is a regular religion blogger for the Washington Post, and a performing arts faculty at both New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University. Other plays include the 2003 Medicine, Man commissioned by the Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia and most recently produced at Theatre Three Dallas, and Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead which premiered in the 2011 Philly Fringe. In the 2012 Philly Fringe he produced Bidisha Dasgupta’s classical Indian and modern dance show Einstein/Tagore: Seashore of Endless Worlds. He was a 2011-12 PDC artist-in-residence at Plays & Players Theatre.  Stanley is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble. He has been a resident of prestigious artists’ colony Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer theatre and film workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He has appeared as a guest writer in The New York Times, New York Press and Time Out New York, and he was an editorial adviser to Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies’ book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). Stanley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television.

Listings Information
What: BONEYARDSWhen (note there are TWO LOCATIONS): Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel
Sun 9/8/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/10/13 8pm
Wed 9/11/13 8pm
Thu 9/12/13 8pm
Sun 9/15/13 2pm matinee
Tue 9/17/13 8pm
Doors open 30 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this century-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Wed 9/18/13 6:30pm
(rain date 9/19/13 6:30pm)Tickets: $10, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website, http://www.fringearts.com. No tickets will be sold in person at the door.

Festival Information
The 2013 Philly Fringe will take place September 5-September 22, 2013. Tickets prices range from free to $30, and can be purchased online at http://www.fringearts.com. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city. The Philly Fringe was founded in 1997. Today it serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form–in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones.

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Last chance for Einstein/Tagore

by on Sep.20, 2012, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Dear friends,

Thank you so much for coming to our 2012 Philly Fringe show EINSTEIN/TAGORE: SEASHORE OF ENDLESS WORLDS. As Shiva3 Productions (which started as a lark in last year’s Philly Fringe show and then turned into something real) I’ve served as the behind-the-scenes producer, marketer and graphic designer as well as the script consultant for Einstein and Tagore’s adapted conversations recited during the show.  We’ve been truly humbled by the unexpectedly large numbers in attendance for our modest-sized art gallery space. It’s been a thrill for us. The Philly Fringe is primarily theatre-centric, so here we are off to the side in the dance category, and within that we’re something apparently called “ethnic dance” which further reduced our audience expectations, and in a storefront art gallery instead of a theatre.  This show was purely art for art’s sake. You have blown our assumptions about Philadelphia out of the water.

With officially only a 20-seat house, 5 out of 6 shows were sellouts hovering around an audience of 30, and we were literally turning more people away at the door.  If and when the show returns we promise a larger venue with better sightlines. In the meantime please enjoy our rave review in the City Paper.

Many thanks for your support,

Jeffrey Stanley

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A Rave Review in the City Paper

by on Sep.17, 2012, under The Press, The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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by Josh Middleton, Philadelphia City Paper

“Taking place in the intimate front room of Twelve Gates Arts gallery in Old City, producer/choreographer/director/dancer Bidisha Dasgupta and fellow dancers Leslie Elkins and Jodi Obeid star in this diamond-in-the-Fringe-rough show inspired by the well-documented religion-versus-science discussions between Einstein and Tagore. Though there is some dialog — the dance routines are interspersed with quick, straight-from-the-script readings by Elkins and Obeid — the dancing is why you should put this on your Fringe itinerary. Dasgupta, decked out in gorgeous, traditional Indian garb, is a force, engaging every ounce of her being in routines that run the gamut from energetic and attention-demanding (“Mangalam: Honoring the Elements”) to rip-your-heart-out passionate (“Trance”). Elkins and Obeid, both with backgrounds in contemporary dance, join in on a few numbers, too, most notably the final performance to Bikram Ghosh’s refreshingly funky “Rhythm Speaks.” It doesn’t have the high-flying acrobatics you might find in some of the more-hyped Live Arts dance shows, but this little must-see will take you on a mesmerizing cultural journey you’ll want to take again and again.”  Full listing and review at http://www.citypaper.net/authors/josh_middleton/FRINGE-REVIEW-EinsteinTagore-Seashore-of-Endless-Worlds.html

 

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3 SOLD OUT SHOWS

by on Sep.16, 2012, under The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Well, now we’re just flabbergasted.  3 shows and 3 standing-room-only sellouts. Not bad for a fringe festival, eh?  EINSTEIN/TAGORE: SEASHORE OF ENDLESS WORLDS has only 3 shows left starting this Thursday.  $10  through the Philly Fringe Festival website.  Get a ticket before they’re gone, no joke.  Thanks so much for your time and support.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA – Shiva3 and Mangalam Dance are proud to announce the world premiere of acclaimed Indian classical dancer Bidisha Dasgupta‘s concert EINSTEIN/TAGORE: SEASHORE OF ENDLESS WORLDS at the 2012 Philly Fringe. The 45-minute show will be performed at Twelve Gates Arts at 51 N. 2nd Street in Olde City for a total of 6 performances.

Dasgupta’s show is a collection of original dance works that draws inspiration from Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore‘s profound conversations in the late 1920s. By combining a movement-based interpretation of their musings with inspiration from Tagore’s poetry and songs, her choreography explores human ties to the cosmos. Her performance fuses the Bharatanatyam style of Indian classical dance with Tagore’s own Rabindra Nritya dance style, as well as modern dance. The concert features Bidisha’s collaborative performances with modern dancers Leslie Elkins and Jodi Aleen Obeid.

Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest dance forms in the world, originating in southern India some 3,000 years ago. Originally performed in Hindu temples as a form of worship, this ancient dance style is celebrated today for its rhythmic, sculpturesque movements and use of hand gestures and facial expressions to convey a narrative.

Tagore was the greatest poet of modern Indian literature and one of India’s most influential thinkers. In 1913 he became the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for his poetry book Gitanjali. This prolific Bengali writer authored over one thousand poems, a dozen plays and novels, and numerous essays on philosophy, education and religion. Tagore was a celebrated composer, and set many of his poems to his own original tunes resulting in the music style known as Rabindra Sangeet, or “Rabindranath songs.” He also created an entirely new dance form known as Rabindra Nritya, or “Rabindranath dance,” which broke away from traditional Indian classical forms, focusing instead on a more naturalized expression of emotions. Tagore was highly educated, widely traveled, and well-versed in both Western and Eastern thought. He took a great interest in science, particularly biology.

In 1926, Tagore met with Einstein in Berlin. They began a years-long series of intellectually and spiritually riveting dialogues about science and spirituality. Their meetings spanned continents and garnered considerable press. A New York Times photo of the two featured the caption A Mathematician and a Mystic Meet in Manhattan. The accompanying article described Tagore as “the poet with the head of a thinker” and Einstein as “the thinker with the head of a poet.” The transcripts of their conversations portray a fascinating discourse on the purpose of existence and humanity’s connection to the Universe.

Their meetings were immortalized in Tel Aviv in 1961 on the 100th anniversary of Tagore’s birth, when a Tagore Street was named. It intersects with Einstein Street so that their conversation can continue.

 

A Unique Location
Twelve Gates Arts (which refers to the fortified gates that walled many ancient cities such as Delhi, Lahore, Jerusalem, and Rhodes – inside of which lay the heart of each city’s art and culture, and which today offer perspectives on history and possibilities), established in 2011, is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia. Through a unique and thought-provoking atmosphere, Twelve Gates Arts (12G) aims to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture.

 

About Choreographer and Dancer Bidisha Dasgupta
Bidisha has been dancing since the age of 4. As the past Dance Director of New York City-based multicultural dance and theatre nonprofit eyeBLINK she worked with artists of various disciplines to curate and produce the 2007-08 Rhythms Showcase series. In New York she has presented her original choreography at the Arya Dance Academy, Times Square Initiative, The Women’s Mosaic, Fordham University, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), PMT, Steps on Broadway and in several festivals and showcases. She created and performed a Bharatanatyam piece for the space-themed Saving Hubble documentary film fundraiser. She has guest lectured about Indian classical dance at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Rowan University. In 2008 she was an invited performer at a Durga Puja celebration in Kolkata, India.

Since moving to Philadelphia, Bidisha performed in Mascher Dance Co-OP’s INFlux Spring 2009 Choreographer’s Showcase and has presented her work at various venues including The Frontline Philly Showcase (2009), Philly Fringe (2009), and the Kimmel Center’s Summer Solstice Celebration. She has worked with NJ/PA based Attitudes Dance Co. to develop classical dance-based fusion choreography. In 2009 Bidisha was selected as a New Edge Mix artist by the Community Education Center (CEC), Philadelphia’s longstanding arts incubator.

An Indian classical dancer by training, Bidisha is also proficient in several other dance styles and is an avid choreographer. She studied Bharatanatyam at the Nrityanjali School of Dance (Boston) under guru Smt Jothi Raghavan and completed her arangetram (dance graduation) in 1990. For several years she was a member of the Srijan Dance Company (Boston) which specialized in the Amala Shankar style of Indian modern dance. During her undergraduate years at Case Western Reserve University Bidisha choreographed and performed in many Indian classical, bhangra, folk, western modern and competitive ballroom dance shows, garnering several awards.

A recent transplant to Philadelphia, Bidisha is eager to collaborate with local artists to create exciting new works and contribute to the city’s vibrant dance scene. The concert features her collaborative performances with Leslie Elkins and Jodi Aleen Obeid. Leslie is an Associate Professor of Dance at Rowan University and author of Body-Presence: Lived Experience of Choreography and Performance, a phenomenological-hermeneutic study involving work with noted artist Deborah Hay and Philadelphia-based dance artists Grace Mi-He Lee and Tania Isaac, published by Lambert Academic Publishing. She is married to Andrew Buss, Director of Public Programs for the Office of Innovation and Technology in Philadelphia. Jodiis a contemporary dance artist and movement educator. She is a professor of Dance at Rowan University and recently finished a new dance theater performance “The House of Empty” produced by the nEW Festival in Philadelphia.

Listings Information
What: EINSTEIN/TAGORE: SEASHORE OF ENDLESS WORLDS

When: Friday 9/14/12 @6:30pm SOLD OUT, Saturday 9/15/12 @6:30pm SOLD OUT, Sunday 9/16/12 @2pm SOLD OUT, Thursday 9/20/12 @6:30pm, Friday 9/21/12 @6:30pm and Saturday 9/22/12 @2pm

Where: Twelve Gates Arts, 51 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Tickets: $10, purchased only in advance through the Fringe Festival website. No tickets will be sold in person at the door.

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