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French director Pascal Rambert in residence at City of Asylum to create a new production of “A (MICRO) HISTORY OF WORLD ECONOMICS, DANCED.”
In collaboration with 17 Pittsburghers with disabilities and 28 of their family members, friends, and caregivers, 8 singers from the Bach Choir, 3 professional actors, and a philosopher
Pittsburgh, PA, April 29, 2015— City of Asylum, a nonprofit arts organization on Pittsburgh’s Northside, in partnership with Théâtre de Gennevilliers, France, is developing a new production of Pascal Rambert’s A (micro) history of world economics, danced. Mr. Rambert will be in residence at City of Asylum for two weeks, concluding with a production on June 5 and 6, 2015, at the New Hazlett Theater. The work was previously staged in major international cities including Paris, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently Cairo.
Each production of A (micro) history of world economics, danced is created locally by Mr. Rambert in workshops and then performed by the workshop participants—in Pittsburgh, people with disabilities and their family and friends and caregivers. The final production will blend the 45 workshop participants, a chorus from the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, professional actors Chelsea Fryer, Alessandra Calabi, and Clémentine Baert, and an economic philosopher played by artist/activist John Malpede. Development of the Pittsburgh production began in the fall of 2014, and Mr. Rambert did a launch workshop with participants in April 2015.
Conceived by Mr. Rambert at the height of the European economic crisis, A (micro) history of world economics, danced explores our collective economic history through a blend of dance and theater. By integrating the stories of diverse community participants, this work explores the impacts of the financial crisis on people’s lives.
The Pittsburgh production of A (micro) history of world economics, danced coincides with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation that transformed the lives of Americans with disabilities, their families, and communities. The production will explore the larger question of how economic value is created and is especially relevant in a time of growing income disparity.
The project is one of a series of City of Asylum artist-in-the-community residencies that give voice to individuals and communities who rarely have a place at the table, who are often not seen as equal participants in the full spectrum of daily life. Creating opportunities for civic engagement by the full diversity of Pittsburghers is essential to freeing the full creative power and vitality of our city.
Funding for A (micro) history of world economics, danced was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Grants Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council, Giant Eagle Foundation, The FISA Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Ford Foundation, WESA, WYEP, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD). Anne Mulgrave and GPAC have been most generous with their time and vital to the project.
The historic New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
Dates & Times
Friday, June 5, 7-9 pm
Saturday, June 6, 7-9 pm
Pascal Rambert, who wrote and directs A (micro) history of world economics, danced, is also artistic director of the innovative Théâtre de Gennevilliers, and an artist whose theatrical works are often presented worldwide. In 2012, his”Love’s End” won the “Best New Play” award from the French Drama Critics’ Association. The following year, he was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters, a prestigious award given in recognition of significant contributions to the arts and literature, by the French Ministry of Culture.
Alessandra Calabi is a theater-maker interested in the intersection between performance, politics and critical theory. In New York, she has worked for The Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service, and is the stage manager for Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE, which premiered at PS122’s COIL 2015 Festival. She is also a member of the collaborative arts group Fixed Agency, Artists-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for 2014 and creators of Private(i), an immersive mixed-reality adventure about state surveillance. As a performer she has collaborated with Pascal Rambert (FIAF Crossing the Line), Palissimo (Painted Bird: Bastard), Andrew Schneider (FIELD) and Zishan Ugurlu (LaMaMa ETC). She is a recent graduate of the New School for Social Research, where she completed a Masters Degree in Philosophy.
After studying at L’E.R.A.C. (Ecole régionale d’acteurs de Cannes), Clémentine Baert has performed under the direction of, among others, Pascal Rambert, Georges Lavaudant, Bernard Sobel, and more recently with Christophe Fiat and Oriza Hirata. Her regular collaborations with Robert Wilson on projects from 1998 to 2002, in New York, made her a cosmopolitan and singular artist. In 2004, she could be seen in Pascal Rambert’s Paradis, at the Théatre national de la Colline in Paris, which marked the debut of a long artistic collaboration between the two. She performed in many of Rambert’s productions, including After/Before, Pan !,Mon fantôme, Toute la vie, and A (micro) history of world economics, danced, which have been presented in France and abroad. In film, she has worked with Jean-Charles Fitoussi, Emmanuel Mouret, Siegried Alnoy and more recently, with Olivier Dahan, Philippe Lioret and Whit Stillman.
In 2006, she created ECHO, a contemporary rock opera based on Ovid’s story of Echo in The Metamorphoses. This production was performed in many places in France. In 2008 and 2009, she presented at the Festival des Informelles in Marseille No(s) Illusion(s), an international research project that she presented also in Lisbon. In March 2015, she presented her new solo work Alors, est-ce que c’est là ? at the Festival Artdanthé at the Théâtre de Vanves, which will go on tour in France next year.
Chelsea Nicolle Fryer is a recent graduate of UCLA school of Theater, Film, and Television. Her credits include:
Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)
Regional: All’s Well That Ends Well (Theatricum Botanicum)
Theatre: Exploding Lear (Helena Kaut-Howson)
John Malpede directs, performs and engineers multi-event arts projects that have theatrical, installation, public art and education components. In 1985, Malpede founded and continues to direct the Los Angeles Poverty Department. LAPD’s mission is to create performances that connect lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty. Malpede is a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award recipient.
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
Bach Choir of Pittsburgh presents unique and moving interpretations of choral works to engage and captivate arts-loving audiences across the Pittsburgh region. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization supported in part by grants from The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and other local foundations and corporations.
About Théâtre de Gennevilliers
Théâtre de Gennevilliers is a national center for contemporary performance, located near Paris. The center’s success relies on its strong community presence and Rambert’s ambitious programming of international artists. Its mission is closely aligned with that of City of Asylum.
About City of Asylum
Founded in 2004, City of Asylum is a model for arts-based community development, bringing writers, readers and neighbors together through global literature and cultural exchange to give voice to endangered and unheard voices. Located on Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh’s Northside, City of Asylum’s campus of redeveloped houses serve both as homes for exiled writers and as public artworks. It has presented more than 250 authors and musicians from 42 countries in free readings and concerts. Sampsonia Way, the publishing arm of City of Asylum, specializes in banned books and anthologies of contemporary writing from countries where free speech is under threat; SampsoniaWay.org, its online journal of free speech, literature, and justice serves as a virtual home for persecuted writers and serves a growing global online audience.