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ARA THEATER 

ARA MEDIA

 We are a NYC based, multi-disciplinary company, and our mission is to create original work that marries the absurd traditions of 20th century European theater and theater-making with pressing contemporary themes. Our company is under fiscal sponsorship by The FIELD and members of ART NY and MFTA NY. 

 

Most recently, ARA Theater together with The Drilling Company produced a reading of LAKEPLAY, written by ARA Theaters co-founder, Drew Valins.  ARA theater mounted the devised work of their new absurd theater piece- Piff, Paff, Poof-The Magic of Nothing, which after a successful showing in Midtown Manhattan is under continues creation towards a longer piece.

ARA theater has produced and performed in collaboration with New York City based company Clowns Ex Machina where the production MY BIRTHDAY performed in New York City, Rhode Island, and Canada. ARA theater has also recently collaborated on a performance research based in clown, with the company ImproSupreme in Paris, France. 

 

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" A stage has two rules: 1. Anything can happen. 2 something must happen."  Peter Brook

"Ideas are like fish" David Lynch 

2050. 

A 10 minute short fiction film: A love letter to the ocean and memoriam to the vast inhabitants of its waters.

 

“The truth will rise”. The year is 2050 - a self-isolating, middle-aged man named K, and his small fish grapple with hope in and apocalyptical world.

 

This short is an examination of human belief, choice, and awareness in our era of increasing climate catastrophe.  Inspired by the absurdist writer Daniil Kharms, the band Sigur Ros, and the majestic whales of our oceans. 

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That's a WRAP on 2050!     

New work: Piff Paff Poof-The Magic of Nothing. Based on Kharms. 

1st showing at MINIFEST- Theaterlab NYC Oct 2023.

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MY BIRTHDAY!

InterView for StageBiz on MY BIRTHDAY!

 

http://stagebiz.com/my-birthday-at-theaterlab/

Video Edited by Livia Ohihoin

House of Sweden- EuroFestival 

Swedish Embassy , DC

Oct 16th 2021.

PLAY THE FOOL CLOWN Festival

Edmonton, Canada 

Sept 26-29, 2019

Ticktes and info: https://www.playthefool.ca

Theaterlab NYC 

HOMECOMING Performance series -

NOV 13, 14, 15th at 7:30pm 2018.

Tickets// dates// Time  click link below:

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/998236

FRINGEPVD:

Rhode Island Fringe Festival

August 2-6th

Tickets //Time //Place:

http://fringepvd.org/my-birthday.html

FRINGEPVD Award:

"Best use of a Hoopskirt"

EAT Festival For NEW WORKS SERIES

"My Birthday"

Tuesday March 13th @ 7pm , TADA Theater Manhattan, NYC

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LAKEPLAY by Drew Valins under development for a NYC run Sept 2024. 

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MY BIRTHDAY

A new work 

 in collaboration with

Clown Ex Machina. 

www.clownsexmachina.com

What does Birthday really mean?

Michaela's work is solo-poetic-clown-theatre: It incorporates an eccentric, tragic character, situation, object, costume, sound, dance, song, and stage design. The audience follows a female clown as she prepares and celebrates her birthday. We all have birthdays, and this ritual proves to be a deep vein for theatrical and clownical inspiration. Expectations about this rite of passage vary by personality, age, and culture. This piece compels the audience to reflect on their own birthdays and what they signify. 

Performer and Creator : Michaela Lind

Directorial Assistance: Kendall Cornell

Photos  by Carolina Wuethrich

SPLITT BILL//CLOWN EXPLORATION

SPLITT BILL (with two t's): Swedish clowns are keeping it together. Poetic..with lots of food for thought, including construction tape and Scandinavian/French/American flair!

A collaboration between Michaela Lind (ARA Theater) and Caspar Schjelbred (IMPROSUPREME)

http://www.caspar-schjelbred.com/plan-c

Michaela's work is solo-poetic-clown-theatre: It incorporates an eccentric, tragic character, situation, object, costume, sound, dance, song, and stage design. The audience follows a female clown as she prepares and celebrates her birthday. We all have birthdays, and this ritual proves to be a deep vein for theatrical and clownical inspiration. Expectations about this rite of passage vary by personality, age, and culture. This piece compels the audience to reflect on their own birthdays and what they signify. 

Caspar's piece is a one-man variety show, an existential and absurd comic performance with a considerable dose of clowning and mime. Scandinavian functionalism meets French flair as our hero transforms between all kinds of characters, demons and other likely –or unlikely– figments of his imagination. Strung between freedom and necessity, each performance is unique in its more or less scripted improvisations…

Audiences have found the work playful, earnest, and universal. 

 L'Etabli Malakoff Theatre -PARIS

March 9 & 10th 2019

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Tech rider MY BIRTHDAY.

PLAN-B   

“ignis in domum”

a new Bouffon work in development

Showings 2020 TBA

photos by Nastasia Pappas-Kemps

Kafka on the street. Rehearsal NYC. Photo by Mike Rudnick

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