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Aurelien Bory + Phil Soltanoff : Nouveau Cirque in Contemporary Performance (France, USA)

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Nov 3, 2008
Nov 3, 2008
Segal Theater

Join us for an evening with Aurelien Bory and Phil Soltanoff, moderated by Bertie Ferdman. Nouveau Cirque is a growing international phenomenon, especially predominant in France, that blends theatre, dance, music, and traditional circus skills into one unique performance experience. The event will focus on Bory and Soltanoff’s creations as well as collaborations, where taskbased performance, including acrobatics, geometry, and virtuoso juggling, are used as the main theatrical language.


Aurelien Bory
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Aurelien Bory was born in 1972 and lives and works in Toulouse. His theatre combines space and performing arts. Artistic director of compagny 111, Bory conceived and still performs a trilogy about space, of which IJK (created in 2000) is the first episode. Then followed Plan B(2003) and Plus ou moins l’infini(2005), which he created in collaboration with director Phil Soltanoff. In China in 2007, Bory created Les sept planches de la ruse, his seventh piece, composed with Beijing Opera actors from Dalian.

Phil Soltanoff is the director of mad dog experimental. His latest work, i/o, in collaboration with sound artist Joe Diebes, premieres at Theatre Garonne in November 2008. He is also executive director and co-founder (along with performing artist Hanne Tierney) of Five Myles, the OBIE-award winning alternative performance/exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY. Phil Soltanoff has created two works in collaboration with Aurelien Bory and CIE111: Plan B and More or Less, Infinity.


Phil Soltanoff
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Bertie Ferdman is a student in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is artistic co-director of performance company Ex.Pgirl, currently in residence at HERE Arts Center. Bertie teaches movement and theatre at City College and Manhattanville. She is founder of The Center for Research in Theatre and Urban Development.

Les sept planches de la ruse will be presented at BAM, Brooklyn Academy of Music, November 5, 7 & 8, 2008. The presentation at BAM is supported by BNP Paribas, Etant donnes: The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and CulturesFrance.

6:30 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2008, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!