Join artistic directors Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) and John Collins (Elevator Repair Service), in conversation about adaptation, literary canons, and long-term collaborations. Both companies are presenting work at NYU Skirball's 2018-19 season.
Moderated by Julia Jarcho (NYU).
Free and open to the public. Wine and light refreshments will be served after the conversation.
Co-sponsored by NYU's Program in Dramatic Literature, and NYU Skirball. RSVP on Facebook here.
ABOUT TIM ETCHELLS: Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University.
ABOUT JOHN COLLINS: John Collins is Artistic Director of Elevator Repair Service which creates original works with an ongoing ensemble. ERS’s theater pieces are built around a broad range of subject matter and literary forms; they combine elements of slapstick comedy, hi-tech and lo-tech design, both literary and found text, and the group’s own highly developed style of choreography.
ABOUT JULIA JARCHO: Julia Jarcho's research and teaching focus on theater studies, modernist literature, critical and literary theory, and playwriting. Her first critical book, Writing and the Modern Stage: Theater Beyond Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2017) argues that theater has offered a series of modernist and contemporary writers an imaginative site for negating the present, and thus cultivating a utopian sensibility; it seeks to challenge the prevailing common sense that identifies theatrical experimentation as a move "beyond" the literary. Julia is also a playwright and director, with the company Minor Theater (minortheater.org); her book Minor Theater: Three Plays is available from 53rd State Press.