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Help me study w/TheaterMitu and WitnessRelocation!
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Dear Family and Friends, My college experience has been incredibly transformative, and as it comes to an end, I find myself asking myself what my role as an artist is, and what I want my life to be. The future is scary, but also exciting due ... More ...

Dear Family and Friends,

My college experience has been incredibly transformative, and as it comes to an end, I find myself asking what my role as an artist is, and what I want my life to be. The future is scary, but also exciting due to some incredible chances that have come up in these last couple of months. I’m excited to share with you these amazing opportunities, and ask for your support in helping me take advantage of them.

I have been invited to study this summer with Theater Mitu and Witness Relocation, two ground-breaking NYC-based theater companies. I have been lucky enough to work with Witness Relocation last year and with Theater Mitu since 2011.

Theater Mitu  “has been dedicated to the transliteration of world theater performance and ritual traditions towards a training for the contemporary theater-maker. The goal of this training and the training itself is what we call Whole Theater. We define Whole Theater as: a theatrical experience that is rigorously visual, aural, emotional, intellectual and spiritual all in the same moment”. To this end, they have carried an amazing amount of research and training of world performance traditions, learning from the masters themselves of each and every country they have investigated. To share this training and knowledge with artists, Theater Mitu carries out their South India Artist Intensive in Bangalore, India from July 6th to July 27th. I have been invited to be a part of it, and it will surely be the most intense and demanding physical, psychological and artistic three weeks I have ever experience, training with masters of South Indian performance as well as artists and performers of Theater Mitu. The training is centered around the following themes: What is your mythology? How does it encounter the reality of the world? How do you reconcile these two by way of your art?

Witness Relocation "combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intesely physical, outrageous, poetic and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience." Their work lies in the exciting in-between space: it is neither dance, nor theater, and mix and matches different mediums in exciting ways. To share, train and investigate the creative process, they carry out a Performance Bootcamp,  where artists get to experience, experiment, collaborate and hone their own creative process. It will be one of the craziest and most dangerous things I have ever will be happening from June 22nd to July 4th, in the Catskills Mountains in Upstate New York. The objectives of the bootcamp, among many others, to explore task based, problem solving methods that eliminate the pressure to "be creative", and "make sure what you do is continuously fun and exciting."

This coming month of training with these companies is extremely important to the phase I am in my life. In May, I will have to face one of the most important transitions of my life, moving from being a student to being a professional. Throughout my college education, I have become obsessed with storytelling, in particular, theater, film and interactive art. As I move out into the world, I have to start asking myself: what exactly are the stories I want to tell? What do I think an artist is? What are the beliefs and myths and tales I find exciting and what are the tools I need to express them? What do I find exciting about the world itself, and how can I use to empower my work? How can I stay true to myself, and now be pressured to be someone I'm not? These are exactly the questions these intensives are asking and inviting people to explore. I cannot think of any better moment to do these intensives than now, as I'm about to step into the real world. But I cannot do it without your help.

The overall cost for both intensives is $5700 ($3900 for Theater Mitu's and $1800 for Witness Relocation's). This includes the trip to/from India, all classes, training, cultural excursiosn, room, board, food, tourist visas, etc. I have never made an appeal to my community like this before, but the truth is, I won't to be able to accomplish it without your help. 

I am asking if you would be willing to make a small donation to help me take advantage of these opportunities. Any amount helps, no matter how small! If you can't make a donation, I understand! Would you be willing to share with other you know who might be interested? Anything helps! Spread the word!

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For more info on the companies and their intensives, check the links below!

Theater Mitu

Witness Relocation

Un abrazote gigantezco!
Attilio Rigotti

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