Discover the legacy of three 20th century artistic icons: Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance; innovative theatre company The Wooster Group; and German playwright Bertolt Brecht who founded the Berliner Ensemble after WWII.

Image courtesy of Paula Court


Richard Move is Martha Graham, the 20th Century Modern Dance icon ‘live’ at the Asian Civilization Museum. Responding to the physical site itself, Move tells stories that Graham personally wrote and spoke of. He will also dance 4 Graham solos: Lamentation, Night Journey, Clytemnestra and Episodes, Part 1.

Fri & Sat 27 & 28 June 2014
8pm - 9.30 pm
Venue: Asian Civilizations Museum

Dir. Christopher Herrmann
(2003) USA
80 mins
In English
Starring Richard Move

Ghostlight is an impressionistic homage to Martha Graham, the mother of Modern Dance, portrayed by Richard Move with uncanny accuracy. The story of her life and art is told through the eyes of a fictitious documentary filmmaker Barbara Rosen (Ann Magnuson – Panic Room, Clear & Present Danger). Martha, notoriously camera shy in real life, reluctantly agrees to let Barbara be the first person to film her creating a new ballet Phaedra, primarily because her dance company desperately needs money to stage her new season. Initially resistant, she slowly opens up to Barbara, inviting her into her tempestuous world, allowing us to see her life of passion for dance. Director Herrmann was Graham’s Filmmaker, Biographer and close friend from 1987 to her death in 1991. Starring Richard Move, Ann Magnuson (Panic Room, Clear & Present Danger) and featuring appearances by Deborah Harry (rock-band Blondie), Isaac Mizrahi (Fashion Designer & TV Personality), and Mark Morris (Dancer, Choreographer & Director).

Followed by a conversation with Richard Move.

Sun 29 June 2014
5pm - 7pm
Venue: 72-13

Bertolt Brecht in 8 Steps
A show and tell of Brechtian performance techniques, performed and discussed by Nora Samosir and Sharon Frese. The evening ends with a response from Charlene Rajendran on Brecht’s influence and currency in Southeast Asian performance.

Wed 2 July 2014
8pm - 9.30pm
Venue: 72-13

MEDEA on media
Original tragedy by Euripides, first produced in 431 B.C.
Adapted & Directed by Kim Hyuntak
Performed by Theatre Seongbukdong Beedoolkee

Ultimately the tragedy of MEDEA on media is caused by the media, which we summon and relish in daily. As in the original play, Medea betrays her family to follow her husband Jason. But when he abandons her for Creusa, the daughter of Creon, Medea decides to take revenge. MEDEA on media brings scenes from the original play into television, one of the most common media of our time. The fight between Jason and Medea happens on a television talk show; the scene where Creon banishes Medea turns into a melodrama; the nurse’s lamentation takes the form of a documentary; Aegeus’ promise of sanctuary is referred to as the pleasure of an adult channel. Fleeting scenes, loud noises and recurring sensational images cause empty laughter and interest numbing the audience to the ultimate murder at hand. Like the chorus behind the veil of anonymity, the audience abets all, without guilt or remorse.

Director Kim Hyuntak critiques society and along the way, creates new aesthetic forms through his award-winning performances. MEDEA on media won Best Direction and Best Production Awards in Seoul in 2011 & 2012.

An O.P.E.N. Special Performance
Ticket $35 
Concessions 10% off (Seniors, students and NSFs)
Available at SISTIC Outlets

Thurs through Sat, 3 - 5 July 2014
8pm - 9.30pm
Venue: NAFA Black Box

Rumstick Road
Rating: M18 (NUDITY)

A filmed reconstruction of the landmark 1977 production Rumstick Road which combined audio taped conversations, family letters, dance, 35mm slides and the writing of Mary Baker Eddy to construct a response to the suicide of Spalding Gray’s mother.

Followed by post-screening question and answer session by Clay Hapaz, The Wooster Group archivist.

Tue 8 July 2014
7.30pm - 9pm
Venue: 72-13



The 1999 OBIE-winning collision of Gertrude Stein’s

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights with Joseph Mawra’s B-movie classic, Olga’s House of Shame.

Followed by post-screening question and answer session by Clay Hapaz, The Wooster Group archivist.

Wed 9 July 2014
7.30pm - 9pm
Venue: 72-13

To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre)

Rating: M18 (SOME NUDITY)

The 2002 OBIE-winning Racine’s Phèdre, set in a mobile modernist landscape of sliding Plexiglass panels, omnipresent monitors, hidden cameras, and badminton…

Followed by post-screening question and answer session by Clay Hapaz, The Wooster Group archivist.

Thu 10 July 2014
7.30pm - 9pm
Venue: 72-13

The Emperor Jones; Today, I Must Sincerely Congratulate You; Rhyme ’Em to Death

The Emperor Jones - Rated: PG
Today, I Must Sincerely Congratulate You - Rated: PG
Rhyme 'Em to Death - Rated: PG

Three pieces on video:

The Emperor Jones is a video interpretation of The Wooster Group’s original stage production of Eugene O’Neill’s play; 
Today, I Must Sincerely Congratulate You is the Group’s 1999 metadocumentary of daily life in a fading performance troupe; and 
Rhyme ’Em to Death is a short black-and-white film from 1994 inspired by Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Followed by post-screening question and answer session by Clay Hapaz, The Wooster Group archivist.

Sat 12 July 2014
11am - 12.30pm
Venue: 72-13
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