Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo

About Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo

Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman: We are composing and performing movement-based theatre artists working professionally since the ‘80s and ‘70s respectively and together since 1991, who apply complex composed structures to ordinary daily human behavior. Notated graphic scores often accompany our movement productions. In our collaborative work for theatre ‘natural-looking’ behavior is subjected to contortions, subversions and convolutions, letting ‘naturalism’ show its socially constructed face. We invent systems for organizing movement and speech in theatre, similarly to how new systems for organizing sound have been invented for composing music. Each theatre composition, utilizing a repertory of gestural-choreographic innovations invented by the duo, proposes a specific critical look at social life. These inventions include for instance a technique for the orchestration of instantaneous shifts of time and place in complex patterns, which they name ‘pivoting.’ One of our interests is to lay new ground for composing form in theatre in a way that makes ‘theatre composition’ closely analogous to music composition. Currently we are in a creative residency as artists-in-residence at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, making a new full-length production. We have toured in South Korea in recent years, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, sponsored by the Korea Small Theatre Association in their Daehangno Small Theatre Festival (D.Festa) in Seoul, and then tour to other cities, also sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Arts Council Korea, and the Korea Association of Performing Arts Producers.  We find the following self-description by the Korea Small Theater Association to be of interest in the context of NET. From the Korea Small Theater Association: “The D. Festa is an annual theater festival in the Daehakro region of Seoul which began in 2007. Daehakro is a distinct creative region of Seoul with about 100 middle and small size theaters. In the face of the capitalization of the performance arts culture by big capital, multiplexes and major theaters, the D.Festa is organized by the Korea Small Theater Association as an alternative to activate theatrical culture based on small communities and theaters. The D.Festa (Daehakro Small Theatre Festival) is held in theaters of Daehakro in the late summer to early autumn period.”

In 2015 we began a collaboration supported by a NET Travel Grant, with Yu Jin Gyu, noted mime of Korea and founding director of the Chuncheon International Mime Festival, including a work-in-progress performance of a new work in collaboration with Yu Jin Gyu and a workshop tour to two universities with Yu. 

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