CANCELED Andrea Assaf Residency: Scheherazade to Salome
Live Writing Installation & Performance: Scheherazade to Salome
April 1-9, 2020
As part of Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, poet and theatre-maker Andrea Assaf will be in residence, creating new work that responds to pieces in the exhibit.
How does a contemporary Arab American woman artist encounter Leon Bakst’s 1911 designs for the Ballets Russes’ Scheherazade? What happens when a queer, feminist, 21st century perspective is brought to Salome, in dialogue with Alexandra Exter’s 1917 costume design, or Jim Dine’s 1986 projection designs?
April 1-8, at varied times during Museum hours, Andrea Assaf will be Live Writing on the Picasso stage, and throughout the exhibit. Inspired by Suzan-Lori Parks’ Watch Me Work series at The Public Theatre, Live Writing is an experimental space where the writing process meets durational performance. Visitors to the Museum can watch Andrea explore research, creative movement, poetic forms or character development, and conversations (at limited times) about the work-in-progress or her creative process. You can also just bring a journal, and write!
On Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 pm, Andrea will offer a site-specific performance of the culminating new work, generated while in residence at the Museum. Join her for a tour through time and space, as she revisits, re-imagines, embodies and responds to the spectres of Salome and Scheherazade.
Andrea Assaf is a writer, performer, director and cultural organizer. She’s the founding Artistic and Executive Director of Art2Action Inc., and currently Artist-in-Residence and guest faculty at the School of Theatre & Dance, University of South Florida (Tampa). She received her Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in acting, both from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Andrea’s original, full-length theater works includes: DRONE, Eleven Reflections on September, Outside the Circle, and Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro.
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