Mabou Mines presents a three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of labor
Mabou Mines presents a 50th anniversary celebration of the work, tracing back the company’s overflowing five-decade history of innovative theater as a springboard to the next 50 years (June 23-25; from 5 p.m. June 23; 5 p.m. -11pm on June 24; and 12pm-11pm on June 25).
After a delay due to the pandemic, Mabou Mines is now proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary in person with the public – convening a dynamic group of performers to participate in readings of nearly 30 works produced by Mabou Mines. Through the multiple spaces of the 122CC house in Mabou Mines (150, 1ère Avenue), the public will be able to revisit a panorama of pieces from the creative history of the company, through readings, excerpts, installations, concerts . Alongside the live events, an archive gallery exhibit, The Process Is The Romance: The Mabou Mines Archive, will open on June 9 at 122CC’s PS122 Gallery, curated by NYU Fales Library’s Nicholas Martin.
Mabou Mines’ legacy of collaboration and play here continues to guide the organization into the future. Co-founder JoAnne Akalaitis, both performer and event director, says, “Mabou Mines has never had a set aesthetic, and that’s really important. It was always about the collective rather than the vision of a single artistic director. , I had never heard of that in the theater. This celebration is an opportunity to further embrace that spirit.
Sharon Fogarty says, “Mabou Mines’ work is such an amazing mix of original pieces, musical adaptations and interpretations, installations and more. It was founded and continues as a collective and as a [late co-founder] Ruth Maleczech would say, “Collaborative collaboration is a messy business and being comfortable with that mess can lead to unexpected discoveries. It’s a huge undertaking and the celebration is a perfect way for people to get an idea of the Mabou Mines philosophy. »
The festivities will begin Thursday, June 23 at 5 p.m., with a Mabou Mines birthday party in the courtyard of 122CC, honoring Paula Cooper Gallery, Gail Papp and the late Joe Papp of The Public Theatre, Mia Yoo and the late Ellen Stewart de La MaMa and Suzanne Weill of the Walker Arts Center and Alanna Heiss of The Clocktower Gallery, all organizations and individuals who provided vital support to the company in the early 1970s.-as well as Mabou Mines founders JoAnne Akalaitis and Philip Glass, and the memory of the founders who are no longer with us: Lee Breuer, Ruth Maleczech and David Warrilow. The courtyard celebration will include a performance of “Music for Voices”, an a capella musical work by Philip Glass.
Among the many works the company will revisit are Samuel Beckett’s The Lost Ones, Come and Go, Play (for which Philip Glass began writing theater music), Company, as well as Lee Breuer’s series of animations ranging from the company’s first plays, The Red Horse Animation and Shaggy Dog Animation to La Divina Caricatura. Original works by JoAnne Akalaitis such as Dead End Kids: A History of Nuclear Power and Dressed Like an Egg and adaptations of classic texts such as Mother, and Mabou Mines DollHouse the film reflect only part of the program (see list full below). The celebration also includes an installation by Starcock, a video gallery and the American premiere of the film Mabou Mines DollHouse as well as an excerpt from Moi-Même filmed in Paris in 1969 with a live score. A schedule is available on maboumines.org.
With both performers drawn from original casts as well as actors and directors entirely new to the field – and offering new interpretations – this celebration of the work subverts the auteur nature of retrospectives by highlighting and expanding the spirit unwaveringly collective of the organization. These participants include Shari Addison, Joanna Adler, NJ Agwuna, JoAnne Akalaitis, Anonymous Ensemble, Ching Valdes-Aran, Elisa Bocanegra, Bill Camp, Mallory Catlett, Kathleen Chalfant, Leroy Clouden, Beverly Crosby, Mark DeChiazza, Rinde Eckert, Sharon Fogarty, Clove Galilee, Herschel Garfein, David Greenspan, Lisa Gutkin, John Hagen, Sabrina Hamilton, Julia Jarcho, Heather Johnson, Bill Irwin, Karen Kandel, Paul Kandel, Jennifer Nikki Kidwell, Mojo Lorwin, Ellen McElduff, Ellen McLaughlin, John Margolis, Sherryl Marshall, Elizabeth Marvel, John McGrath, Susan McKeown, Greg Mehrten, Maude Mitchell, Diane Garisto, Simatra Simone Nana, David Neumann, Dael Orlandersmith, Terry O’Reilly, Katie Pearl, Ralph Peña, Jay Peck, Greg Purnhagen, Jenny Rogers, Chris Royal, Sean Runette, Carl Hancock Rux, George Sanchez, Lincoln Schleifer, Mark Schulman, Black Eyed Susan, Roger Squitero, Bob Telson, Leslie Wagner, Joey Williams and many more!
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The Process Is The Romance: The Mabou Mines Archives
From the NYU Fales Library Downtown Collection
Galerie PS122 at 122CC from June 9 to 29, 2022
Free and open to the public, Friday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.