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Nostos: Encounters with the Open Program

Nostos: Encounters with the Open Program
Multiple locations
Time: Feb 10th, 5:30 pm End: Feb 23rd, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Slavic Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, 2000-, 1950-2000
Event series about the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Pontedara, Italy

Nostos: Encounters with the Open Program

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (CDTPS) at the University of Toronto is honoured to announce a Canadian first. From February 10th to the 23rd we will be welcoming the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards for a two-week artistic-residency.

The program of Nostos will offer incredible opportunities for students, artists, scholars, teachers, and the public to encounter the work of the Open Program through a series of diverse events, including performances, public talks, screenings, professional masterclasses, and a culminating symposium.

CDTPS, with the generous support of the Jackman Humanities Institute, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and our partners at U of T, is welcoming students and faculty from across our three campuses, as well as artists and community groups in the city to join us in generating a series of encounters and potential discoveries through performance and dialogue.

The Open Program is directed by Mario Biagini, Associate Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, and long-time Grotowski collaborator. The Open Program—comprised of 10 actors from around the world—explores the moment of encounter by approaching the poetic word as a tool for human contact and action. In this sense, their work aims to re-discover the very nucleus of theatre: the moment of meaningful contact between human beings. Their current performances arise from an investigation of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, woven through traditional songs and shouts from the Southern United States, as well as works composed by the group-members. Their ongoing line of research and work with songs of the South is brought into contact with ancient Coptic texts in their newest work, The Hidden Sayings.

Nostos: Encounters with the Open Program is hosted by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and is sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute’s Program for the Arts on Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant.

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

Main sponsor of the Workcenter is Fondazione Pontedera Teatro. The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards wishes to thank Bill Reichblum & Kadmus, Inc. for its ongoing support.

Co-Sponsors at the University of Toronto:

  • Department of English
  • Department of English & Drama, UTM
  • Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
  • Centre for the Study of the United States
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Centre for Comparative Literature
  • Drama Centre Graduate Student Union
  • Graduate Student Union
  • Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Hart House

Banner Photograph: The Hidden Sayings by Simone Rocchi (2013)

Website:  for full schedule details and to register for events, please visit the event website at http://nostosencounters.wordpress.com

Box Office:  To book tickets, please call Rebecca Biason at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at (416) 978-7987. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for cash only.

Group Rates/Student Outreach:  nostosencounters@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nostosencounters

Contact:  nostosencounters@gmail.com

 

Schedule: 

Performances

Electric Party Songs
Thursday February 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris St.

I Am America
Saturday February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris St.

Electric Party Songs
Friday February 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Round, 152a Augusta Ave.

The Hidden Sayings - Canadian Premiere!
Saturday February 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm!
The Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris St.

Tickets: $25/$15. Discounts for returning patrons

Events

Dinner and a Movie Sponsored by the Hart House Good Ideas Fund
Tuesday Nights, 7:30 pm

  • February 11 – Action in Aya Irini
  • February 18 – Dies Iræ: The Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show

The Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St.

Chat with the Open Program
Friday, February 14, 2 pm
Performance Studio (Perf), 79 St. George St.

Symposium
Sunday, February 23, 4 pm
Performance Studio (Perf), 79 St. George St.
Admission: Free

 

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