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On March 22 and March 23, 2013, Genesis, an aerial comedy written by Julia Kaminsky and directed by Toby Bercovici, will be performed for the first time at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City.
Genesis is an aerial play that twists the biblical creation story into a satirical acrobatic convergence of the sacred and the profane. After Adam and Eve’s fling fizzles, God—an insecure, stilt-wearing ruler—tries to seduce Eve, a smart and ethical attorney visiting from Venus. Rivalries and conflicts in Edenopolis begin to mount, and when Eve makes a shocking discovery, she must take matters into her own hands to save life on earth.
The play incorporates wit, irreverent humor, aerial arts, juggling, handbalancing, hip hop and modern dance, in an aesthetic that is at once lyrical and absurd. The Garden of Eden, with its vines, fruits, trees, animals and humans, is a setting in which different forms of movement, circus, and aerials are merged with the plot: the birds fly through the sky in harnesses, the fish slither on the ground contorting; people juggle fruit in acrobatic human pyramids. At certain points, the movement is poignant. At other moments, such as Adam and Eve’s airborne sexual encounters, it is comedic. Aesthetically and conceptually, the piece is an aerial and circus collage that intermixes characters from the Bible with a myriad of contemporary references. Many of these references are outlandish, woven into the plot to create a hilarious spectacle of the absurd. Others touch on deeper issues of our time: science vs. religion and gender relations in both the Bible and contemporary society.
How YOU Can Help
Although Circus Warehouse is generously providing us with rehearsal and performance space, we have to raise funds for all other aspects of the production. The money we raise on Indiegogo will go toward paying our creative team and cast, as well as toward props, equipment, costumes and printing programs. Here is where your contributions will go:
- Costume Designer
- Sound Designer
- Set Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Printing Programs
We need your help to make it happen and greatly appreciate any contribution. Your support will help us make this show as good as we know it can be, and we have lots of perks, listed to the right, to express our appreciation.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO
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Toby Bercovici (Director)
Toby Bercovici is a freelance director and acting teacher. Past directing credits include: A Doll House, Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission (recipient of a Looking Glass Theatre Space Grant and reviewed in the May 2011 issue of Theatre Journal), The House of Bernarda Alba, Night on the Galactic Railroad (English premier), Of Turlygods & Time: The Tale of King Lear, O Yes I Will (I Will Remember the Spirit and Texture of This Conversation), Twelfth Night, The Meta/Pina Project: Blind Dreamers, and Our Town. She is an associate artist of Serious Play! and Pauline Productions, and Artistic Director of The Tribe of Fools. She holds a BA in Theatre from Smith College and an MFA in Directing from UMASS Amherst. www.tobyverabercovici.com
Julia Kaminsky (Playwright/Producer)
Julia Kaminsky is a native New Yorker with a BA from Middlebury College and a longtime background in both writing and circus arts. She has performed as an aerialist with Circus Smirkus, the Russian American Kids Circus, and the Wenatchee Youth Circus. Her writing has covered topics ranging from gold mining in El Salvador to systemic neglect of the elderly in New York, and she has published flash fiction pieces in the Hamilton Stone Review and decomP magazinE. This past June, she wrote, produced and designed the props for an aerial performance art act included in Bushwick Open Studios’ Performance Art Showcase at House of Yes. In addition, after working for years at a well-known non-profit where, among other things, she oversaw the cost-benefit analysis, she is adept at making budgets airtight.
Madeline Hoak (Choreographer)
Madeline Hoak is a NYC-based dancer, aerialist, choreographer and teaching artist. An alumna of the Theater and Dance Department of Muhlenberg College, Madeline is now on staff teaching Aerial Acrobatics. She is currently a company member of the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Grounded Aerial, and Kinesis Project, and has performed at numerous venues including Jacob's Pillow, Joyce SoHo, LIU, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and the Queens Art Museum, The West End Theater, La Mama, Judson Church, Kaatsbaan, Battery and Fort Tryon Park, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has performed as an aerialist with Cirque-tacular, Helium Productions, and Above & Beyond Dance and has showcased her own aerial choreography at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Abron Arts Center, STREB, the Irondale Center, South Street Sea Port, and Galapagos Art Space. As the founder of Upsidown Productions, she also teaches aerial classes for all ages and abilities in NYC. http://www.madelinehoak.com/
Josh Shack (Production and Stage Manager)
Josh decided to become a clown when he was three years old. From 2000-2003 he spent his summers touring with Circus Smirkus. In 2004 he toured the U.S. with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. He has taught circus arts for the Providence Circus School and was a consultant for the Commedia Dell’ Arte play The King Stag at Boston College. He is currently Production Manager for the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, and designed the clown make-up for the past eight seasons. He directed, co-wrote and designed the clown play “Out of Orbit”, and co-created, directed and performs The Piccolini Trio’s “Circus in a Trunk”. To benefit Circus Smirkus he conceived, directed, co-produced and performed in “An Evening of Circus & Music.”
Dan Kent (Sound Designer)
Daniel Kent is a sound designer who recently graduated from UMass Amherst. He has worked on 4 productions with Toby Bercovici, The House of Bernarda Alba, A Night on the Galactic Railroad, and King Lear. He has provided light for Valley Light Opera’s productions of Princess Ida, and Pirates of Penzance. Daniel is currently a Lighting Programer at (le) Poisson Rouge in NYC where he has lit shows such as Os Mutantes and Metropolis Ensemble.
Annie Simon (Costume Designer)
Annie Simon received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College and her M.F.A. at N.Y.U. Tisch. Annie is a costume designer for theatre, film and dance and has worked on countless productions in New York. Some of her favorites include: Uncle Vanya and Second Language directed by David Herscovits (Target Margin Company), Strindberg Stringberg and Tongue of a Bird directed by NYU grad Mark Wing-Davey, Jim Calden and Lisa Rothe, Under the Sign of the Hourglass and Two Sisters directed by Anthony Cerrato (Ontological-Hysteric). Feature films include The Letter directed by Jay Anania starring Winona Ryder and James Franco, Wildlike directed by Frank Hall Green, Druid Peak directed by Marni Zelnicki. Aerial Acrobatic dance pieces designed by Annie include Untamed-Black Acrobat and Raw with Above and Beyond Dance.
Sara Gosses (Lighting Designer)
Sara Gosses (lighting designer) is very excited to design Genesis. She is the resident lighting designer for Circle Theatre of New York as well as the Exquisite Corpse Company. Additional recent productions include Beyond Words (Bill Bowers at the United Solo Festival), Three Sisters (Columbia MFA-Directing), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and The Lover (Seeing Place Theatre), Once on This Island (Village Community School). For more information about past and future work, please visit SaraGosses.com.
LICNYC; "An Acrobatic Play Comes to LIC in March," by Amol Sarva. http://www.licnyc.com/2013/01/16/an-acrobatic-play-comes-to-lic-in-march/
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