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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kunst-Stoff review and photos

The Kunst-Stoff show at Yerba Buena Forum was a big success - every night was different and the dancers made interpretive and improvisatory virtue out of some shocking necessities, for example legs spontaneously flying off the table that's a crucial prop throughout the second piece. The Chronicle review was positive; I feel immeasurably about it.

Here are some photos I took at the dress:

And after the show -

Yale classmate and Apparition of the Eternal Church star Manoel Felciano, now appearing in Albee's At Home at the Zoo at ACT (Chronicle review); Mano's French American International School classmate and my Lowell High School classmate Nat Stookey, who arranged the Schnittke choir concerto movement ("I, an expert in human passions") that I played on solo violin. Clothes and make-up by Suppositori Spelling.

With Kunst-Stoff jack-of-all-trades Keira Chang (a.k.a. Spatial K) and Justin Andrews.

With San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra fellow alumnus Rob Bailis, now director of ODC Theater, who in the past year has become my artistic fairy godmother, coproducing the big Messiaen night in Grace Cathedral and hooking me up with a three year ODC residency and this Yerba Buena gig. Also pictured: Rob's folks.

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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des R├ęcollets.