Apr 27, 2023

Anne Bogart + Dmitry Krymov

Anne Bogart + Dmitry Krymov

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Join us for a one-night only, intimate discussion between theatre directors Anne Bogart and Dmitry Krymov in the new Club @ La MaMa.

Bessie and Obie Award-winning director Anne Bogart founded the SITI Company in 1992 and is a professor in Columbia University's directing program. She is directing the New York premiere of The Beautiful Lady, written by Elizabeth Swados and translated by Paul Schmidt, at La MaMa from May 5–28. The Beautiful Lady is set in an artists' café during the Russian Revolution as the performers advocate for a free and just society, seeking meaning and purpose in their resistance.

Dmitry Krymov, "one of the world's finest theater-makers" (NYTimes), left Russia after speaking out against Putin's war. Krymov has made some of Russia's (and the world's) most celebrated theater for two decades. Last winter, La MaMa provided a residency to Krymov Lab NYC, and they brought American and visiting artists together to bring Krymov's hyper-theatrical adaptations of classic texts to a New York audience for the first time. This summer, Krymov will be one of the teaching artists at the La MaMa Umbria International Symposium for Directors from July 10–24.

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Seating is very limited, advance purchase recommended.

Anne Bogart is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors of the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include FALLING & LOVING, The Bacchae, Chess Match No. 5; Lost in the Stars; Persians; Steel Hammer; A Rite; Café Variations; Trojan Women (After Euripides); American Document; Antigone; Under Construction; Freshwater; Who Do You Think You Are; Radio Macbeth; Hotel Cassiopeia; Death and the Ploughman; La Dispute; Score; bobrauschenbergamerica; Room; War of the Worlds–the Radio Play; Cabin Pressure; Alice’s Adventures; Culture of Desire; Bob; Going, Going, Gone; Small Lives/Big Dreams; The Medium; Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Private Lives; August Strindberg’s Miss Julie; and Charles Mee’s Orestes. Recent operas include The Handmaid’s Tale, Handel’s Alcina, Dvorak’s Dimitrij, Verdi’s Macbeth, Bellini’s Norma and Bizet’s Carmen. She is the author of six books: The Art of Resonance, A Director Prepares; The Viewpoints Book; And Then, You Act; Conversations with Anne; and What’s the Story.

Born in 1954, Dmitry Krymov has directed and designed various productions in Moscow which have established him as one of the most original directorial voices of his generation. Krymov and his 'laboratory' present visually stunning, symbolic productions where every moment is original, hugely inventive and surprising. In Moscow, his performances are packed full of audience members hugely anticipating his next vision, waiting to be surprised and entertained. Having designed over a hundred productions in Moscow throughout the '80s and '90s, Krymov fuses art, prose, poetry and popular culture to reimagine, with the help of his company, famous stories through a world of expressive and striking design. In his productions, the design goes on a journey in the same way that the characters do. Set changes, buildings are created and images transformed. The actors often work with scene and props in the performance and construct objects before the audiences's eyes.

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