One Festival - 3 Cities. From October 2010 through February 2011, NET will host a Micro-Festival in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Designed to build a national conversation in the ensemble theatre field around aesthetics, culture, and the ways ensembles create new work that defies traditional theatre practices and forms, these 2 and half-day “Micro-Fests” will be a combination of performances and performance responses, catalyst conversations, master classes, and intentional conversations to provoke a deeper dialogue around the theme of each festival. We’re witnessing an evolution within the theater field: a shift towards Ensemble.
With Micro-Fest: USA as the springboard, we ask the question: What is the Theater we want to create? The very structure of Micro-Fest: USA will lead us towards an answer. The interconnected and progressive topics include the connection between race/culture and aesthetics—this leads to and informs: the ways ensembles create new work—which leads to and informs: the genre-defying work that ensembles are creating. In looking at the whole, we will create a lexicon to better discuss the work both internally, within the field, and externally, to our audiences, funders and supporters. By examining the work (i.e. identifying its principles, values and characteristics) we will point to what we believe is the emergence of a new American Ensemble aesthetic. Event Format—these are meant to provide multiple entry points into the theme of each Micro-Fest.
• Each city will host 4 performances – 3 local companies and one from outside the host city.
• Moderated performance responses to build a habit of collectively talking about the art.
• Master classes—because we’re artists.
• Catalyst conversations to ignite dialogue around local theme. Micro-Fest: USA is asking the following questions:
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