Oct 25 - Oct 27Free Downtown Brooklyn
Hidden Stories by Begat Theater
Begat Theater's HIDDEN STORIES [Histoires Cachées] is an outdoor immersive performance that will blend itself into the urban landscape of Downtown Brooklyn. Supplied with headphones, the audience is temporarily endowed with the power to hear the thoughts of certain passers-by and to follow them through city streets as reality and fiction intertwine. The audience follows four protagonists, slipping into their heads and delving into their deepest secrets, discovering four separate yet parallel stories. The show is available in French and English.
Begat Theater seeks out innovative ways to frame the work of contemporary authors within the context of public space. Blending elements of performance art, environmental street theater, visual art, and sound installation, they develop new forms of dramatic writing that place their audience in an active role, where the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred. The company reinvents theatrical codes with each new piece they create.
Friday, October 25:
Performance #1: 12:30pm
Performance #2: 6:30pm
Saturday, October 26:
Performance #1: 11:00pm
Performance #2: 2:30pm
Sunday, October 27:
Performance #1: 11:00am
Performance #2: 2:30pm
Two performances each day. The meeting point will be sent the day before each performance. Tickets are extremely limited - limit 2 per person. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your reservation.
In collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
KARIN HOLMSTROM (USA/France) is the artistic director and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed performance company Begat Theater. Since graduating from Columbia University with a major in architecture, she has been creating innovative site-specific work that creates a place for contemporary texts in an urban setting while proposing emotionally-engaged experiences for the audience members. Her work has been awarded numerous grants and has been presented in 27 countries at innumerable theaters and street theater festivals including the Biennale Internationale des Arts de la Marionnette in Paris, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Chalon dans la Rue-Festival TransNational des Artistes de la Rue, Ana Desetnica-International Street Theater Festival in Ljubljana (Slovenia). She has given talks at theater forums in Paris, Brussels, New York and Sydney, and since 2014 serves on several boards in France that award grants to performing artists (SACD, DRAC PACA).
ERIKA LATTA is the founding member + Artistic co-Director of the multi-disciplinary New York based company WaxFactory, where she is an actor, director, writer, sound designer and educator. She has collaborated with international artists in making new innovative work both in theater and film and has worked in traditional and non-traditional space for the last eighteen years. She has directed several site-specific works for Begat Theater: LE JARDIN AVEUGLE / BLIND GARDEN, based on the novel by Janet Frame, LES DEMEUREES by Jeanne Benameur, HIDDEN STORIES, a site-specific audio installation and currently LA DISPARITION. Upcoming projects include, the direction of WaxFactory’s STRANGE JOY, inspired by François Truffaut “Day for Night” and acting in WaxFactory’s LULU in the fall in New York City. She has received numerous grants and residencies in the performing arts, most notable the Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Bogliasco Foundation. She holds a BFA in Theater at the University of Washington and a MFA in Acting from Columbia University.
DION DOULIS is an author, performing artist, and director of theater, film and new media projects. He’s a founding member of the New York based performance company WaxFactory, and recently created OVNI, a new-media and interactive performance company based in France. He has collaborated with Begat Theater since 1995, most notably as co-director of Le Jardin Aveugle (1999, 2004), co-author of Hidden Stories (2010) and co-creator of La Disparition (2015). He was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) from 2005 to 2006, and at Centre International les Récollets (Paris) in 2007. In addition to his artistic work, he also leads workshops in performance technique. He has been invited to show his work at numerous international festivals and exhibitions, predominantly in France, where he resides permanently since 2007.
NOLWENN MOREAU, Hidden Stories actress and writer, is an actress and singer for stage and film. Trained by Yves Ferret, Ludwig Flaszen, Mohamed Driss, Marco Baliani, Robert Cantarella and François-Michel Pesenti among others, she is a frequent collaborator with Begat Theater, and participates in François Cervantes’ Acting Training Laboratory. Her most recent film work includes Je Fais Feu de Tous Bois written and directed by Dante Desarthe. She is also an acting instructor at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Marseille.
PHILIPPE LALIARD studied sound and light design for the theater at the Lazer School in Paris and has worked in France, Spain, South America and the United States. A founding member of Begat Theater in 1992, he is Technical Director for all the company’s performances, covering sound and light design, set construction, and new technologies. He is also an actor. He works with other companies as an actor and technician: Ilotopie, Orphéon Théâtre intérieur, and Triade Nomade.
HERVÉ CRISTIANINI, actor, director, musician, writer, set designer, and teacher, began his French and European theatre career in 1988. His work with Begat Theater includes Hidden Stories, The Blind Garden, and “Yourgui”. He trained with Jacques Durbec (Mime Theater of Marseille) and performed with Carboni e Spirituosi of Marseille (6 years) and Belgian puppeteers Les Royales Marionettes (4 years). He has collaborated with writer and director Thomas Tessier on multiple works for Alcazar marionettes, Chiendent Théâtre and Estock Fish (circus). He now lives in Denmark.
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.
Managing three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) that cover Downtown Brooklyn - the MetroTech BID, Fulton Mall Improvement Association, and Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID - the Partnership’s diverse activities include attracting new businesses and improving the environment for existing companies, facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community, supporting and promoting Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural assets, and encouraging a sense of place and an engaged civic community.