Theater Grottesco is celebrating it's 30th birthday. Formed in Paris in 1983, the company pursues a rigorous artistic path, derived from several of the world’s most highly respected performance conservatories. Many of the members, also trained as anthropologists and environmentalists, inform the content of the all-original works. The company has created 12 full-length plays and over 40 shorter pieces, toured nationally and internationally and been seen Off-Broadway, winning awards in 4 world cities and earning dozens of national, state and city grants.
Theater Grottesco is an artist's ensemble made up of performers, writers, directors and designers who have been pushing the envelope of theatrical form while celebrating humanity through astonishing and exhilarating performance.
Original Premieres and Work Samples
· Storm - 2012
· Grottesco’s 12th Night – 2008
· A Dream Inside Another – 2005
· This is Life as We Know it– 2001
Theater Grottesco has a long history of outreach programs including workshops and master classes for theater professionals, youth, students, the general public and corporations. The company conducts classes internationally, across the United States, throughout New Mexico and locally in Santa Fe. The company has developed a sophisticated post show discussion format with guest artists and experts on specific content material raised in a given show. STORM, a performance event that premiered in February, 2012, is a collaboration between Theater Grottesco, Out of Context (a conduction orchestra), and a host of writers, scientists and projection artists. STORM is a journey into the social paradigms that prevent the world from taking action on a myriad of environmental concerns.
The twelve piece orchestral, led by conductor J.A. Deane with a series of gestures and signs, creates a real score every night. Ever darkening scientific information, together with network news interpretations, drive the piece through a three movement spoken opera. Two actors portray a chorus of archetypical characters responding to the news and reports. Texts cross cultural and historical barriers. The actors move from character to character, colliding with the information and blending with the emerging music. Rear-projected video provides scenography, sometimes in abstraction and at other times creating realistic images with which the characters interact.
Technicians make instantaneous projection choices based upon the rhythmic intensity of the unfolding action and sound. Lighting includes stationary bicycles powering lights, candles and torches. Catharsis follows Chaos in a very real reflection of these times