ATLAS Center, Naropa collaborate
for 'Trojan Women' performances
Four workshop performances of "Trojan Women," Jean-Paul Sartre's adaptation of Euripides' classic story of war and its aftermath,
will be presented Friday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 22, in the ATLAS Black Box Studio on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.
The production is a collaborative effort between CU-Boulder and Naropa University's Master of Fine Arts Contemporary Theater Program. The performances will be directed by Naropa guest faculty and ATLAS Innovator Kevin Kuhlke, former chair of the department of drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The CU ATLAS Center for Arts, Media and Performance, along with CU technical faculty, students and the community, will collaborate in the multimedia performances.
The play, highlighting the "fragility of self," will be presented within a contemporary multimedia setting, where the struggle for integrity is challenged by horrific world events. Kuhlke will integrate song and dance just as Greek theater did many centuries ago.
He is collaborating with acclaimed New York-based composer Cynthia Hopkins, CU dance Associate Professor Onye Ozuzu and ATLAS Center for Arts, Media and Performance Director Rebekah West to create a multidimensional theatrical experience.
Kuhlke has taught acting and directing classes in Cuba, Iceland, England, Switzerland, Holland, Austria, Denmark and Germany, and his production of "O, Pioneers!" with Mary McDonnell was televised nationally by the Public Broadcasting Service series "American Playhouse."
Other CU collaborators include Jean Hertzberg, a CU mechanical engineering professor who assisted with a filming of fog effects; journalism faculty member Paul Daugherty along with CU independent studies journalism production students; film students; and students from music, architecture and math.
The ATLAS Innovator Program, an initiative of the ATLAS Center for Arts, Media and Performance, is designed to give artists significant amounts of time for innovation.
The performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Black Box Studio in the CU ATLAS building. ATLAS is located just north of the Euclid Avenue Autopark.
Reservations are recommended. Tickets are free to the CU and Naropa community with ID. $15 for general admission and $10 for
non-CU students and seniors. To reserve seats, call 303-245-4798
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Kuhlke, Director
Kevin Kuhlke is the former Chair of the Department of Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is also founder and director of the Tisch International Theatre Summer Training program in Amsterdam. He was the director of the Experimental Theatre Wing at Tisch Drama/NYU from 1991-2001 where he produced over 100 productions. He has taught master acting and directing classes in Cuba, Iceland, England, Switzerland, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Germany and in several American Universities and training programs including CalArts and Playwrights Horizons.
Kevin has acted with various theatres regionally and in New York including Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, PS 122, Danspace, The Franklin Furnace and La Mama. Directing work includes over thirty productions in various venues including The Atlantic Theater Company, Seattle Rep, The Huntington Theater Company, Theater for a New Audience, The Perseverance, The City Theater (Iceland) and theatre schools in New York and Holland. His work ranges from classics such as Romeo and Juliet and Miss Julie to contemporary The Swan, Fool for Love, The Mud Angel to original material. His production of O, Pioneers! with Mary McDonnell was televised nationally by American Playhouse PBS.
Cynthia Hopkins, Musician and Composer
Cynthia Hopkins is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and theater artist. In 1999, she formed the band Gloria Deluxe, which has since produced five full-length albums and performed at numerous venues in New York City and elsewhere. Opening for legendary artists such as David Byrne and Patti Smith, the group has developed an enthusiastic following for its unique blend of folk, cabaret, rock, blues, and country music. Gloria Deluxe has been an integral component of works created with Accinosco, including Accidental Nostalgia (an operetta about the pros and cons of amnesia) (for which Ms. Hopkins received a 2005 Bessie Award) and Must Don't Whip 'Um, a prequel to Accidental Nostalgia which premiered in January 2007. Ms. Hopkins has also created solo music/theater works including Tsimtsum, a piece commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop for the May 2006 'Sourcing Stravinsky Festival'; and Song Before Love Songs (a post-apocalyptic requiem for the human race), a composition commissioned by Bang on a Can which premiered in February 2005.
In addition, Ms. Hopkins has worked as a composer, musician, and performer for many projects, including Big Dance Theater's Antigone, Shunkin, and Another Telepathic Thing (2001 Bessie award for composition; 2000 OBIE award for performance); and Ridge Theater's production of Mac Wellman's at jennie richee, for which she won a 2001 Obie Award as part of the collaborative team. Ms. Hopkins also performs as a guest artist with groups including Bonnie Prince Billy and Dan Zanes and Friends. She is currently at work on Part III of the The Accidental Trilogy (of which Accidental Nostalgia is Part I and Must Don't Whip 'Um is Part II), titled The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success).
Onye Ozuzu, Choreographer
Currently an associate dance professor and director of the BFA Program at the University of Colorado, Onye's choreographic credits include: the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, summer 2002; "Evolution," an evening of original choreography in conjunction with Trebian Pollard and Larry Southall, 2002; "Pastiche," shown at the Great Lakes ACDF regional festival in 2002; "Birds of Paradise," shown at the Central region ACDF in 2001; and seven works set on CU dance majors. Additionally her professional experience includes choreographic showings at Urban Artworks 5 (Pace University, NY), The Joyce Soho (NY), the Cultural Arts Center (New Orleans, LA), the National Dance School (Nassau, Bahamas), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba) as well as in Florida and Colorado. Onye has been a Guest Artist with Nia Love and Co. (NY), Urban Bush Women (Summer Dance Institute Tallahassee, FL), Moving Stories Dance Collective (New Orleans), African Caribbean Dance Theatre (Tallahassee, FL), Dromatala (Festival del Caribe, Santiago, Cuba). As an Artistic Director, she has contributed to the productions of Orchesis Dance Theater (Florida A&M University), Skeleton Dance Project (NY/Boulder, CO), and Guerilla Butoh Army (Boulder, CO).