As part of The Living Theatre's 65th Anniversary Season, The Living Theatre and Motus present THE PLOT IS THE REVOLUTION, which sold out its recent presentation as part of Under The Radar, with performances set to run tonight, October 25-27 at 8pm and The Living Theatre (21 Clinton Street). Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolo directs The Living Theatre's Judith Malina and Silvia Calderoni of Italy's Motus.
In THE PLOT IS THE REVOLUTION, 86-year-old theater legend Judith Malina and Silvia Calderoni create an encounter between two women -- two actresses separated by generations, but united in the belief that theater can incite political transformation. They journey together through history, theatre, political commitment to become participants in a search for the beautiful, non-violent anarchist revolution.
THE PLOT IS THE REVOLUTION also features Thomas Walker and Brad Burgess.
THE PLOT IS THE REVOLUTION runs tonight, October 25-27 at 8pm at The Living Theatre (21 Clinton Street). Tickets are $20; $15, students and seniors, and are available on line at www.thelivingtheatre.org.
Judith Malina, extraordinary artist, intellectual, director and actress, non-violent libertarian activist and moving spirit of the Living Theatre, was born in 1926 in Kiel, Germany. Her parents, a rabbi and a theatre actress, emigrated to the USA after her birth. She was a pupil of Erwin Piscator at the Dramatic Workshop in New York. In 1947, with painter Julian Beck, she founded The Living Theatre in the same city, as a pacifist anarchist theater community. With more than a hundred theatre productions to her name, Judith Malina is still active with revivals of The Connection, The Brig, Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, street theater creations such as Not In My Name, against the death penalty, and new works Red/Noir, Korach, and most recently, The History of The World. Based in her theater space in the Lower East Side, she remains a militant for peace and human rights.
Silvia Calderoni, Motus’ actress, has been working with the company since 2006. With intense and rigorous theatrical and meta-theatrical work, she has played the part of Antigone since 2009 in the project Syrma Antigònes. In 2010 Silvia was awarded the Ubu Prize as best actress under 30. In May 2011 she played the lead (The Legend of Kaspar Hauser) together with Vincent Gallo in Davide Manuli’s new film.
For the Italian company Motus there are no borders, no frontiers between countries or eras or disciplines, no separation of art from involvement in society. Freethinkers, who have performed all over the world, Motus blends different expressive forms together, moved by the urgency to tackle subjects, conflicts, topical wounds. Motus was founded in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò in Rimini. They met at Urbino University where they both graduated in economics and sociology and were part of the university theatre collective. Right from the start of this artistic adventure the personal lives of Daniela and Enrico have been inseparable from their theatre activities, sharing all the phases of the creative process with the actors of the various “theatre bands” set up. Motus has always sculpted its projects by action and reaction with regard to everyday facts, like litmus paper, feeding on the contradictions of the contemporary, translating them and making them active material for reflection and provocation. The name of this company itself captures their interest for investigating physical and social movements related to political action. These interdisciplinary artists also produce installations, performances, and videos, explore in their repertoire the interrelation between social reality and fiction. They’ve taken part in important international projects and received numerous acknowledgements, including three Ubu Prizes, the special prize from the magazine "Lo Straniero" and the TTV Video Festival Prize... Works on Beckett, Pasolini, and Fassbinder preceded the project Syrma Antigónes. It began in 2008, growing out of the idea of analysing the relationship/conflict between generations and taking the tragic figure of Antigone as archetype of struggle and resistance. Making the plot 2011>2068 opens a broader and visionary front of observation on the Upcoming Near Future. The work of weaving the new plot will continue unceasingly, with other Atti Pubblici (Public Acts) and workshops, to coagulate into the show animale politico, which will debut in May 2013.