Subcircle to present Only Sleeping

Subcircle is an artist in resident at the Live Arts Studio in Northern Liberties, where they have held the True False Laboratory,  a series of workshops with a diverse group of artists. After the latest showing, working with Geoff Sobelle from Rainpan43, they will be performing Only Sleeping at the Performance Garage, April 29th through May 1st.

Only Sleeping treads inside the realm of contemporary loneliness and detachment; the contradiction of choice and inevitability. We live in places that find us in close proximity to others yet we seem to lack intrapersonal connections and real experiences, often longing for something deeper or more connected.

In a performance that plays between the live performer and video, Niki Cousineau explores a character that awaits clues on redoing, remaking, rewriting life, playing scenes in her head to get closer to someone or something that is beyond the door.

Known for their explorations with dance and video that “invoke multiple worlds and vast terrains that are simultaneously intimate and immense,” Subcircle has been creating site-specific and installation based work since 1998. Past works include: Still Unknown, Somewhere Close to now and Crevice.

Niki Cousineau is a 2007 Pew Fellow and recipient of grants from Dance Advance, the Independence Foundation and PA Council on the Arts. Jorge Cousineau is an award-winning designer of sound, set, lights and video. A five-time Barrymore Award winner, Jorge received the Lortell Award for sound design in 2008 for his work on the Off-Broadway production of Opus, for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Subcircle has worked with Carol Brown (London), Zen In The Basement Dance Company (Germany), Bricolage (Pittsburgh), composer Toby Twining, choreographers Darla Stanley and Gin MacCallum, and writer Makoto Hirano. Their work has been performed in Germany in Potsdam, Berlin, Dresden and at the International Theater Research Center Schloss Broellin.  In Philadelphia, they have been presented in DanceBoom, the nEW Festival, Motion Pictures Festival and the Live Arts Festival. In 2009 their dance film, HERE, was  part of the exhibition “Lucid Dreaming” at the Michener Art Museum.

Geoff Sobelle is a theatre artist dedicated to the “sublime ridiculous.” He is the  co-artistic director of Rainpan43, a renegade absurdist outfit devoted to creating  original actor-driven performance works. He has been a company member of Philadelphia’s  Pig Iron Theatre Company since 2001. Geoff was awarded an Independence Foundation  Fellowship and grants from the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative to create all wear  bowlers, (Innovative Theatre Award, Drama Desk nomination), the rube-goldberg-inspired
kinetic junk play, machines machines machines machines machines machines machines, and  most recently to produce Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl, a doomsday clown show that  debuted at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in 2008.  He has been nominated for three  Barrymore Awards, including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an emerging  Philadelphia Theatre Artist and was named “Best Theatre Artist 2004” in Philadelphia  Magazine.  Geoff received a 2006 Pew Fellowship in the Arts as a performance artist and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee.  He is a graduate of Stanford University, and trained at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.

Performed by Niki Cousineau and Geoff Sobelle (in video only), Only Sleeping was  conceived and directed by Niki and Jorge Cousineau with dramaturgical direction by Sobelle. With video and set design by Jorge Cousineau, music by Mike Kiley and costumes by Maiko Matsushima.

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Only Sleeping
April 29, 30 and May 1, 2010 at 8pm

Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia
Ticket prices: $20 and $15 students/seniors.
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