Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 2013: Design of poster for Jollification | Mortification at La MaMa, New York

banner designed for Facebook and La MaMa Theater official website

Official Poster for the play Jollification | Mortification

A theatrical collage on missed connections, hysteria and mortality.
Jollification | Mortification invites characters from previous New Stage productions to join in a playful night that continues the provocative, expansive conversation on modernity, mortality, morality and the self that New Stage has established with its audience over the past ten years. Taking a tragicomic perspective on what it means to be true to the self, and what the consequences of such honesty can be, the show examines the feelings of shame, doubt, and exhilaration that come with running afoul of norms and expectations.

Illustration and Poster designed by Isabelle Duverger (original idea by Ildiko Nemeth and Fabiyan Pemble-Belkin)

Directed by Ildiko Nemeth
Stage Design by Ildiko Nemeth
Lighting Design by Federico Restrepo
Costume Design by Brandon Olson
Sound Engineering by Gideon Grossman
Music Selection by Ildiko Nemeth
Set Construction by Jeff Hermanski and Fabiyan Pemble-Belkin

Cast: Brandon Olson*, Chris Tanner, Markus Hirnigel*, Kaylin Lee Clinton, Sarah Lemp, Dana Boll, Catherine Correa, Jeanne Lauren Smith, Denice Kondik, Valerie Miller, Lisa Kathryn Hokans, Galway McCullough, Adam Boncz
(*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)

Principal Administrator: Fabiyan Pemble-Belkin

Jollification | Mortification is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

February 24, 2013: Prologue by Maria Litvan

February 24 at 6pm
CPR - Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets: $10 in advance or at the door

Conceived and directed by Maria Litvan

Performed by Catherine Correa and Francisco Reyes
Music Design by Nana Simopoulos
Drawing by Isabelle Duverger
Video projections by Laia Cabrera & Co.

Prologue is a tribute to French philosopher, mystic, and social activist Simone Weil (1909- 1943). Simone Weil, described by Albert Camus as “the only great spirit of our times” and by Susan Sontag as “one of the most uncompromising and troubling witnesses to the modern travail of the spirit.” Weil had an extraordinary capacity to dwell within highly philosophical and metaphysical thought, while still emphasizing the importance of embodied experience. She realized that in order to theorize about the working-class, one had to experience their reality firsthand. Thus, despite her poor health conditions, she left her teaching position to work in a factory. Weil’s passionate nature also drove her to participate in many of the political affairs of her time. She confronted Trotsky, fought in the Spanish Civil war, participated in the French Resistance… But, even more unusual for a leftist intellectual of her time, Weil’s interests increasingly focused on religion and mysticism.

Most of Simone Weil’s writings are annotations of thoughts following her own mental associations, thus reading them is like entering directly into Weil’s stream of consciousness. Inspired by her writings, Prologue is a composition of moments – snapshots into Weil’s life and thought. It is an invitation to enter her world from a personal and sensorial experience. Simultaneously, as an actor prepares to interpret Simone Weil, Prologue reflects on the mystical and artistic processes, and the important role of the invisible in the construction of meaning.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013 AVA digital awars winner for two videos!!!

The videos we created at Laia Cabrera and Co. for New York eHealth Collaborative are now award winners! We won AVA Digital Awards for "How the SHIN-NY Makes Life Better" and "Why We Do This Work - Alie Cohen's Story", see below!

Laia Cabrera and Co. is a film and multimedia company co-founded by director Laia Cabrera and animator Isabelle Duverger, producing a wide range of multimedia projects. Our work involves creating original concepts and innovative content, including:
Films - Documentary - Commercials
Video Design - Projection Mapping*
Video Art -Theater Projections
Animation - Motion Graphics
Installations - Live Video Performances
Graphic/Web Design - Illustration
Music - Sound Design
*into the fields of theatre, dance, fashion shows, concerts and other live events as well as pop-up stores.

How the SHIN-NY Makes Life Better:

Why We Do This Work - Alie Cohen's Story