“Theater must take place somewhere.” O, but where? How can we track this beast without a lair, A moving target thanks to traveling players? How can the Mellon School unpack the layers?... Read more about The Melloniad 2014
We began with theatrical architecture, moved through digital spaces and landscapes, and ended with a return to the dramatic text and dramaturgy, which had been hovering on the sidelines.... Read more about On To New Locations
Melloners concluded a multi-day session with Mike Pearson and Heike Roms of Aberystwyth University. Though Mike grew up in England and Heike in Germany, they bring a shared affinity for Welsh landscape and performance-art history, firmly regrounding us in our summer theme.... Read more about Bet yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg
In Monday’s meeting of “The Problem of the Ground,” we explored the relation between human actor and human architecture, between the organic and the mechanical. We began with a trip to the Harvard Theater Collection (guided by Susan Halpert) to see Frederick Kiesler’s model for the Universal Theater.... Read more about Model Materials
On Thursday and Friday, David Levine invited Melloners to locate the vanishing actor. Subverting realist method acting technique and reproducing the uncanny effect of body-snatcher films, David’s performance art challenges us to figure out who is acting and who is real.... Read more about Will the Real Actor Please Stand Up?
I'll post soon on David Levine's marathon session at the Mellon School. But Melloners who joined New England's Russian émigré population for the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre’s almost four-hour production of Eugene Onegin now have an intense repertoire of theatrical vocabulary to which we can return in days ahead, from effusive name day celebrations to a twerking bunny rabbit.... Read more about “Thus people--so it seems to me-- Become good friends from sheer ennui.”
“Theater as a Field of Cultural Production” picked up on some fruitful strains introduced by the Harrisons. Can we select our audiences, or does the location of theater determine our audience for us? Are some audiences more important or influential than others?... Read more about Database Dramaturgy