PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER! (2014-2017)
PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER! is an ongoing series of theatrical cross-media performances. Presented as a string of character-driven, hashtag-marked vignettes, the work will eventually culminate in an evening-long production.
Inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, this work is a 21st century exploration of the deepest, murkiest id of the play about a particularly nasty bunch of people drowning in quicksand of unrequited love. Their story is presented as filtered through New York-centric present-day optics of media-saturated, self-centered, attention-span-deprived contemporary culture. The audiences unfamiliar with the Chekhovian characters will recognize their archetypal traits as portrayed in this dreamlike, video-enhanced production; those who know The Seagull by heart will enjoy the similarities to the timeless original. Everyone is bound to be pulled into the interactive fabric of the work.
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS (as of 2017):
director | Ivan Talijancic
performers | Melody Bates, Nicholas Bruder, Gillian Chadsey, Ryan Gingery, Erika Latta, Kestrel Leah, Okwui Okpokwasili, Todd Peters
video | Antonio Giacomin
lights | Solomon Weisbard
sound | Yiannis Christofides
costumes | Haans Nicholas Mott
December 2014: The Brick Theater (Brooklyn, USA) – #osha study
June 2015: The Invisible Dog (Brooklyn, USA) -- #ma(r)sha and #pauletteangel studies
May 2016: 3LD Art + Techology Center (New York, USA) -- #montage study
June 2017: Secret location (New York, USA) -- #dinner
August 2017: Lincoln Center / David Rubenstein Atrium (New York, USA) -- #soiree