Biomechanics and Physical Stanislavsky Workshops

In conjuction with our performances of The Master Builder, Theatre Novi Most is offering two separate workshops training in our physical theatre methods. TNM Co-Artistic Director Vladimir Rovinsky will teach master classes in Biomechanics and Physical Stanislavsky. Information about both workshops is below.

BIOMECHANICS
Saturday, April 15, 5-6:30pm
The heart of the method is a study of five etudes or series of physical positions, which string together to tell a story. The etudes require intense concentration and awareness as the actor moves through a series of still pictures with synchronization of body parts, negotiating a verity of time signatures and rhythms within the body.

Goals and benefits for students who work in Biomechanics include increased physical awareness, practical understanding of theatricality in the moving body, use of body for storytelling, learning about psychophysical energy through application of rhythm, coordination of body, precision of movement and expansion of physical expressiveness.

PHYSICAL STANISLAVSKY
Sunday, April 16, 5-6:30pm
Vladimir will introduce participants to the “method of physical actions,” one of Stanislavsky’s later experiments that never fully traveled to the U.S. but is a central facet of the training in Russia. It was his belief that actors must build a role from a physical chain of actions or events.
During workshop, participants will explore use of inner monologue and subtext, physicalizing of communication, and building of character’s line of physical actions.

Each workshop is $10, or $15 for both.
ARTshare members pay $5/workshop.

To sign up or with any questions, please email Jared Zeigler at jaredzeigler1@gmail.com and indicate which workshop(s) you would like to register for.

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Theatre Novi Most is working on two fascinating projects in our “slow art” process. We are asking for help to raise the remaining $3,000 of our budget still needed to produce the work with appropriate compensation to artists.

Our upcoming  projects will reach up to 3,000 people between now and January and we’d like you to help us if you can by donating $35 to our campaign.  Donations in any amount are most welcome.

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Read on for some details about what’s coming up:

THE MASTER BUILDER

In April, we return to The Southern Theater for our first of two ARTshare productions in 2017. After last year’s The Seagull, we are continuing to reimagine classic works with a new production of Ibsen’s The Master Builder, directed and adapted by Theatre Novi Most co-founder Vladimir Rovinsky. We are delighted to work  with many familiar Novi Most artists and also have new faces join the team. Pearce Bunting (Rehearsing Failure, The Seagull) plays Halvard Solness with Barbra Berlovitz (Oldest Story, Rehearsing Failure, The Seagull) as his wife, Aline, Shelby Richardson (The Seagull) as Hilda, and Alex Barreto Hathaway as the Troll. Designers include sound by Kalen Keir (The Seagull), lights by Heidi Eckwall (Rehearsing Failure) and Josie Everett on costumes.  Deb Ervin (The Oldest Story in the World) returns as our beloved stage manager. The Master Builder plays from April 14-22.

DANCING ON THE EDGE

Our second ARTshare production will be the world premiere of Adam Kraar’s Dancing on the Edge. This brand new bilingual play tells the story of the passionate romance between American dance artist Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin. We follow the couple as they meet in Russia and travel the world, communicating through art rather than language. Lisa Channer and Sasha Andreev star as Duncan and Esenin with an additional ensemble of two and a children’s chorus of dancers to join. First commissioned in 2011, Dancing on the Edge is the culmination of 6 years of “slow art” development in Minneapolis and New York City. Minneapolis audiences have one weekend only, September 7-9, to see this brand new play before we go on the road.

TOUR

After the Minneapolis premiere, Theatre Novi Most will tour Dancing on the Edge. We are planning stops in Chicago, New York City, and Upstate New York throughout Fall 2017, reaching new audiences and exploring future touring possibilities.

COMMUNITY

Over the summer, we will partner with Young Dance to bring Jeanne Bresciani, director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute, to Minneapolis for a week long dance camp session for children featuring the Isadora Duncan technique. Many of these children will be featured in the premiere of Dancing on the Edge as the children of the school Isadora Duncan founded in Russia. Jeanne is one of the world’s leading experts on Duncan and also the choreographer for Dancing on the Edge, providing a rare opportunity for Minneapolis children and adults to experience a master class with this renowned artist.

We have also deepened our partnership with The Museum of Russian Art. After last summer’s reading of The Seagull, we held a one-night only reading of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country in March and will follow this with a staged reading of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya later this spring.

MEMBERSHIP

Your support makes this work possible and helps keep our ticket prices affordable and art accessible for all. We greatly appreciate your generosity in any amount and are using all funds generated from this campaign to support the artists we are collaborating with throughout 2017.

The Master Builder opens in one month

The Master Builder opens in one month. Theatre Novi Most co-founder Vladimir Rovinsky directs and adapts Henrik Ibsen’s rarely produced classic, running from April 14-22 at The Southern Theater. Tickets are free for ARTshare members or available for purchase now on the Southern Theater’s website or directly at southern.ticketworks.com
Purchase your ARTshare membership for just $18/month and see shows by Savage Umbrella, Live Action Set, Animal Engine, and Sheep Theater between now and then.
#MasterBuilderTNM

Dancing on the Edge Reading

Join the Playwrights’ Center and Theatre Novi Most for a reading of Dancing on the Edge by Affiliated Writer Adam Kraar on Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Adam and Theatre Novi Most are workshopping this play in advance of a fall 2017 world premiere production in Minneapolis.

About the play: The cast includes Theatre Novi Most co-founder Lisa Channer in the role of Isadora Duncan and Twin Cities based actor Sasha Andreev as her Russian husband, the poet Sergei Esenin. Directed by Vladimir Rovinsky, this bilingual play tells the story of the tumultuous pairing in 1920 of two of the era’s most fascinating artists. Created with the support of the Isadora Duncan International Institute in NY, the play includes live piano music and Duncan dances set by IDII artistic director, Jeanne Bresciani. Dancing on the Edge will tour to New York this fall after its Minneapolis premiere.

Director: Vladimir Rovinsky
Dramaturg: Wendy Weckwerth
Cast: Lisa Channer, Sasha Andreev*, Katya Stepanov*, Vlad Messing
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

The Playwrights’ Center is wheelchair-accessible, and readings are accessible to people with vision loss. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Alayna Barnes at (612) 332-7481 or alaynab@pwcenter.org.

Theatre Novi Most to Participate in The Ghostlight Project

On Thursday Jan. 19th at 5:30pm in each time zone, theater venues and performance spaces across the country will come together to launch The Ghostlight Project, affirming their inclusive values and lighting a beacon of hope across the country to signal that affirmation.
Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone–regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.] Over 20 theaters in the Twin Cities are joining together for this event in locations across the metro area. Theatre Novi Most will be participating at an event held on campus at the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance from 5:20-6:00pm.

Gather: at 5:20 gather in front of the Thrust Theater in the Rarig Center (330 21st Ave S). Bring phones and/or flashlights. Tea lights available will also be available thanks to the UMTAD Peers.

At 5:30pm exactly, led by event MCs, we will process into the Thrust theater and together light our lights. The Peers will lead us in an inclusive pledge to craft continuous brave spaces in our department. Faculty and students from Theater and Dance will lead us in the ceremony, in movement and in song. We will then process to the Barker Center to affirm our commitment and light a beacon in this space as well.

At 6pm: All are welcome to join folks from Augsburg, Mixed Blood and the Guthrie at the Republic (221 Cedar Ave.)

All are welcome. More info at https://theghostlightproject.com/

Announcing Our 2017 Season

LOOKING BACK ON 2016

In 2016 Theatre Novi Most is proud to have produced a variety of new works here and on tour

In August 2016, we produced TOO PUNK TO CARE in collaboration with University of Minnesota students at the Minnesota Fringe Festival; in March we presented our highly acclaimed production of THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhvov directed by Vladimir Rovinsky at the Southern Theatre as part of ARTShare; in March we were also happy to present workshops in Michael Chekhov acting techniques with visiting Russian master teacher ELENA KUZINA and were honored to be part of the BRECHT / WEILL FESTIVAL at the Southern Theatre performing excerpts from the English language premiere of FATZER by Bertolt Brecht. Finally, in June Lisa Channer’s original performance RANT was invited to perform at the FURY FACTORY FESTIVAL OF ENSEMBLE THEATRE in San Francisco CA.
We were grateful for the support of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Southern Theatre, The University of Minnesota and most of all, our audiences, artists and donors.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017

In 2017 Theatre Novi Most will present a full season that includes a major bilingual world premiere, a new adaptation of a European classic and a Russian play reading series in collaboration with the The Museum of Russian Art.
THE MASTER BUILDER by HENRIK IBSEN – APRIL 10-23, 2017

Adapted by Vladimir Rovinsky
Produced as part of ARTShare at the Southern Theatre
Cast features Pearce Bunting, Barbra Berlovitz and Shelby Richardson

This play by the legendary Norwegian writer is highly charged with secret desires, stunning poetic language, Freudian and Nietzschean motives and… there are those “trolls”.
DANCING ON THE EDGE by ADAM KRAAR – SEPT 2017
The cast includes Theatre Novi Most co-founder Lisa Channer in the role of Isadora Duncan and Twin Cities based actor Sasha Andreev as her Russian husband, the poet Sergei Esenin.

Directed by Vladimir Rovinsky, this bilingual play tells the story of the tumultuous pairing in 1920 of two of that era’s most fascinating artists. Created with the support of the Isadora International Institute in NY, the play includes live piano music and Duncan dances set by IDII artistic director, Jeanne Bresciani. DOTE will tour to New York next fall after it’s Minneapolis premiere. (exact date and location TBD)

RUSSIAN PLAYREADING SERIES – FEB and MAY 2017
TNM is proud to begin a regular Russian play reading series in collaboration with The Museum of Russian Art featuring professional Twin Cities actors. Play title announced in January.

Please give if you can to help support these projects and the artists who make them happen.
BRAVE PHYSICALITY + EXCELLENT WRITING + INTERNATIONAL AESTHETICS makes us THEATRE NOVI MOST

Thank you and Spaseeba from the Board and Artistic Directors
Lisa, Vladimir, Pearce, Sherri, Milena, Allison, Patrick.

The Reviews Are Coming In (and They’re Great!)

The reviews of our latest production are beginning to come in and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Here’s what some have had to say:

“American audiences are used to seeing Chekhov’s characters leading lives of quiet desperation. Rovinsky, however, gives us people leading lives of loud desperation in an attempt to capture the humor and humanity that makes these 19th-century strivers still beloved to their latter-day Russian descendants.”

Jay Gabler, City Pages

“You won’t want to miss this twist on the Russian classic which disengages the play from the clichés of samovars, corsets, and the “mysterious Russian soul” and instead addresses our contemporary world of disconnection and the desperate longing for love that is our seething, vibrating underbelly.”

Savage Umbrella

“This is one of those shows that is so completely captivating that it’s hard to shake when you leave the theater. Funny, tragic, odd, and completely enchanting.”

Cherry and Spoon

“If you have not seen The Seagull before, this is the perfect version to see. If you think you know it well and don’t need to see it again, this is the one that will prove you wrong. Don’t miss it.”

Bethany Gladhill

There’s plenty more time to see the show. Come see what all the buzz is about — Reserve your tickets today.

Acting Workshops with Elena Kuzina

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As part of our production run of The Seagull (March 4-27 at The Southern Theatre) , we are thrilled to announce that we will bring Russian acting teacher Elena Kuzina from the State Russian Theatre Academy in St. Petersburg Russia to teach two workshops on Michael Chekhov Technique for Twin Cities actors of all levels.

We are still a little short on funds to bring this important teacher to our city and would love your help to meet our goal. We have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise $1000 to cover the cost.

Details on Ms. Kuzina and the workshops can be found below.

Schedule of Elena Kuzina activities with Theatre Novi Most:

March 26 The Southern Theatre 4:45 – 6:15pm

FREE lecture demonstration to introduce those interested to the specific actor training technique developed by Michael Chekhov in the early 20th century.

Sat April 2 11:30 – 2:00pm
and
Mon April 4th 6:30 – 9:00pm

At Studio 206 in the Ivy Arts Building

Address:
Ivy Arts Building
2637 27th Ave South
Minneapolis MN
Studio 206

Funds raised through Go Fund Me will help pay for travel and housing for Ms. Kuzina and supplement the cost of the workshops for all. This funding helps us to make the workshops affordable at less than $10/hour.