International Physical Theatre Laboratory Austria

International Physical Theatre Lab

August 16 – 22, 2010
Retzhof Castle – Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria

Intensive practical training, lectures, discussions and the conference programme.
Participants: actors of physical, dramatic, dance and musical theatres, 
dancers, choreographers, circus performers, directors.

The working language is English.

The nearest airport is Graz Thalerhof. The programme will take place at the historic 15th century castle.
Accommodation and meals are organized for the group.

IMAGES of the past event:
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/globtheatre/OPALPhysicalTheatre#

To apply for participation, candidates should send a brief cover letter with CV/resume.
Programme, registration and contact details: 
http://www.iugte.com/projects/PhysicalTheatre.php

http://www.iugte.com/projects/presentations.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Culture Club Projects

Dear Friends,

It's been some time since you last heard from us.  We've been busy here at International Culture Lab and are at a point where we'd like to update you.
We're excited to report that we have three projects in the works.
Our most ambitious endeavor is a collaboration with Turkey.  After visiting various parts of Turkey, including Istanbul and Ankara, we have begun to learn about Turkish culture and decided we need to explore further.  We want to examine the socio-political role and status of women, both in Turkey and the US, and have commissioned two playwrights, Zeynep Kacar and Tammy Ryan or Turkey and the US respectively, to work with us.  As with "Outside Inn," we will perform the resulting play in both countries.
Another project in its early stages is a collaboration with Switzerland's GubCompany (www.gubcompany.com) with whom we hope to produce Christine Rinderknecht's "Tropical Night," a riveting play that explores a family trying to make sense of a father/son's murder-suicide. As usual, we will perform the work in both languages in both countries.
And finally, since early on in the process of "Outside Inn," for which we commissioned Austrian playwright Andreas Jungwirth, we continue to be in discussion with the Austrian Cultural Forum in the hopes of collaborating on a new project.
We continue to be invigorated by the opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration that ICL is affording an ever-growing number of people. Fostering understanding and creating a dialogue in our modest way is highly gratifying work.
To that end, we would very much like to hear from you — what you're up to, what your thoughts are about our work, any news you'd like us to know about. 

International Culture Lab
P.O. Box 170218
Brooklyn, NY  11217

For more information:
Contact gaby@intlculturelab.org  or info@intlculturelab.org
 
 


Austrian Cultural Forum presents DIRT/DRECK

Dreck Productions and the Austrian Cultural Forum are proud to present a NYC revival of Dirt, the European award-winning one-man show written by Robert Schneider, which went on to become a critically acclaimed production at the 2007 NY International Fringe Festival. Dirt is directed by David Robinson and performed by Christopher Domig. Performances run from April 2 – 26, 2008 in a limited engagement at Under St. Marks in NYC. Previews begin April 2 for an April 5 opening. For more info and to view selected scenes from the play visit http://www.dirt-nyc.com.

Dirt was the most frequently performed solo show in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in the 1990’s. The influential German theatre magazine Theaterheute awarded Robert Schneider Best New Playwright Of The Year (1993) for Dirt. The play centers on Sad, a desperately alienated illegal immigrant from Iraq, who confronts xenophobia, latent racism and ethnocentrism as he sells roses on the streets to make ends meet. He is charming, cynical, humorous, violent and sad. Although he loves the English language and American culture he misses his homeland. As Sad continues to talk it becomes increasingly clear that he has a love-hate relationship with himself, his heritage and the western world he currently lives in. Haunting and compelling, Dirt is a telling story about racism and the havoc it wreaks upon the human soul. The play will be performed this August in Scotland as part of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe.

Dirt ("Dreck"), written by Austrian playwright and novelist Robert Schneider, premiered in 1992 in Vienna, where it was performed in German, its original language. In 1993, Dirt premiered in Hamburg, Germany at the Thalia Theater and was awarded the Dramatist’s Prize at the "Potsdam Theater Days", selected by the jury as the "best contemporary stage work." Schneider’s first novel Schlafes Bruder ("Brother of Sleep") was published in 1992 and immediately became a worldwide success, with translations into 24 languages. He received numerous awards including the Premio Grinzane Cavour (the most important literary prize in Italy for foreign-language literature) and the Prix Médicis (Paris, France).

The Scent of Wheat

by Zdenka Becker

A world class poet from Bosnia sits in a posh bar while wrestling his war demons. Searching for the life inside the poignant memory of death, he brings his listeners deep inside the terminal pain of war with the graceful humor of a poet. 

 

Zdenka Becker was born in Eger in the Czech Repbulic, was raised in Bratislava in Slovakia and has been living and working in Austria since 1975. She holds degrees from the University of Economics in Bratislava and the University of Vienna. She has, in addition to her work as a writer, worked as an actor, dramaturg, director, journalist, teacher and translator. She is the author of numerous plays and novels. Her work has received many awards, including the Theodor Körner prize in 1995 and the 2000 prize of the Conference of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association. 

 

 

Goodbye Galina

by Zdenka Becker

 A "monologue for five voices" which presents the lives of five mail order brides from various Eastern European countries.  The women share stories as they sit on a train platform, waiting for various connections

Zdenka Becker was born in Eger in the Czech Repbulic, was raised in Bratislava in Slovakia and has been living and working in Austria since 1975. She holds degrees from the University of Economics in Bratislava and the University of Vienna. She has, in addition to her work as a writer, worked as an actor, dramaturg, director, journalist, teacher and translator. She is the author of numerous plays and novels. Her work has received many awards, including the Theodor Körner prize in 1995 and the 2000 prize of the Conference of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association. 

Boogie & Blues

by Zdenka Becker

 The story of four friends in their late thirties and early forties, Boogie & Blues examines the effect of permanent disability on friendships and relationships. Jutta, a photographer, is forced to decide between sacrificing her personal and professional aspirations or her marriage when her successful jazz musician husband, Conny, suffers a severe stroke. Despite professions of life-long friendship, Jutta and Conny’s best friends and colleagues, Larissa and Frankie, quickly turn their backs on Conny’s condition and leave Jutta alone to pick up the pieces. Under pressure from her mother, nurses and Frankie, who wants her to travel to the United States for a photo shoot, Jutta nevertheless stands by Conny, whose condition, over the course of the play, slowly improves, ending with him regaining the ability to walk by the end.

Zdenka Becker was born in Eger in the Czech Repbulic, was raised in Bratislava in Slovakia and has been living and working in Austria since 1975. She holds degrees from the University of Economics in Bratislava and the University of Vienna. She has, in addition to her work as a writer, worked as an actor, dramaturg, director, journalist, teacher and translator. She is the author of numerous plays and novels. Her work has received many awards, including the Theodor Körner prize in 1995 and the 2000 prize of the Conference of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association. 

NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL TO PRESENT ''DIRT"/"DRECK"

NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL TO PRESENT
U.S. PREMIERE OF DIRT,
A EUROPEAN AWARD-WINNING SOLO PLAY ABOUT RACISM

New York, NY – The 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival and
Dreck Productions are proud to present the U.S. Premiere of Dirt, the
acclaimed European award-winning one-man show written by Robert Schneider,
directed by David Robinson and performed by Christopher Domig. Performances
run from August 10 – 22, 2007 at The Players Theatre Loft Space (115
MacDougal St.) in NYC.

Dirt was the most frequently performed solo show in Austria, Germany and
Switzerland in the 1990’s. The influential German theatre magazine
Theaterheute awarded Robert Schneider Best New Playwright Of The Year (1993)
for Dirt. The play centers on Sad, an illegal immigrant from Iraq, who sells
roses on the streets to make ends meet. He is charming, cynical, humorous,
violent and sad. Although he loves the English language and American culture
he misses his homeland. As Sad continues to talk it becomes increasingly
clear that he has a love-hate relationship with himself, his heritage and
the western world he currently lives in. Haunting and compelling, Dirt is a
telling story about racism and the havoc it wreaks on the human spirit.

Dirt (“Dreck”), written by Austrian Playwright Robert Schneider, premiered
in 1992 in Vienna, where it was performed in German, its original language.
In 1993, Dirt premiered in Hamburg, Germany at the Thalia Theater and was
awarded the Dramatist’s Prize at the “Potsdam Theater Days”, selected by the
jury as the “best contemporary stage work.” Schneider’s first novel Schlafes
Bruder (“Brother of Sleep”) was published in 1992 and immediately became a
worldwide success, with translations into 24 languages. He received numerous
awards including the Premio Grinzane Cavour (the most important literary
prize in Italy for foreign-language literature) and the Prix Médicis (Paris,
France).

Austrian/American actor Christopher Domig grew up in Salzburg, Austria.

Director David Robinson is based in Seattle and has served as the Artistic Director of The Dimensions
Theatre Project and General Manager of The Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Dirt is translated by Paul Dvorak, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth
University who teaches German language, literature and culture.

PERFORMANCE INFO: The Players Theatre Loft Space at 115 MacDougal Street
between West 3rd St. & Minetta Lane in NYC. Performances run from August 10
– 22, 2007 on FRI 8/10 at 10:45pm, SAT 8/11 at 3:15pm, FRI 8/17 at 8pm, SAT
8/18 at 8:45pm, SUN 8/19 at 5pm, TUES  8/21 at 4:30pm & WED 8/22 at 8pm.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 212-279-4488 or
1-888-FringeNYC (outside NY) or visiting http://www.fringenyc.org. For more
info visit http://www.dirt-nyc.com.