Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with Natalia Koliada of the Belarus Free Theatre about the challenges of making art in a police state where people are regularly kidnapped, killed and tortured. We’ve blabbed a lot in this podcast about the difficulties of making theater even working in the best possible circumstances–so how does this ambitious company company manage to keep itself going in the face of real physical threat and displacement? (The leadership of the company, including Natalia, are currently in London living in exile, while the majority of their actors and collaborators remain in Belarus.) How does it work when rehearsals are conducted over Skype and performances are streamed live via Internet from London for audiences in Belarus? Can we learn anything from their resourcefulness and perseverance? (Yes.)
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks again with their very first OK Radio guest, playwright/director Young Jean Lee, about American celebrity culture, our capacities for violence and repression, plus lots of dancing our way around Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (and added bonus feature: Young Jean explains the workings of the economic “Pareto” principle and how to beneficially apply it to your personal life!).
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks to Philip Bither, Senior Curator of Performing Arts at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, about ego, humility and identity. Is it an arrogant act to program work (or make work) that you may personally feel is important—for an audience who may not want that kind of challenge? What is the grass roots work a good curator has to do to find and foster public interest (as populist as we can make it) in these so-called “difficult” works?
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with Lebanese visual and performing artist Rabih Mroué—about so many things!—but mainly about difference and similarity, self and community, solo and group, inside and outside, original and imitation. Though we both make performance and theater, we come from very different backgrounds and environments and even different working situations. What are the influences that make us who and what we are and what we make? And what has been his particular experience growing up and making art in Beirut?
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks today with the extremely inspirational artist, comedian and musician, Reggie Watts. All about stuff and nonsense, conscious and unconscious, perception and improvisation—not just in performance but as philosophy, as a way of living and being in the world.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with writer, editor and theater thinker Tom Sellar about surrender and control—physical, mental and structural. Join us as we clear the air—talking about artists and critics and the whole interdependency and strangeness around that relationship. We rely on critics to write about the work, but what do we care about really? Do we want intelligent writing or just positive gush? Do critics appreciate that they are just seeing one performance and it all may be going horribly wrong? All this and even more thoughts about social practice, multi-media, durational performance, art brut and political theater.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks to playwright and performer Sibyl Kempson about adjustments we have to make when real life gets more dramatic than theater. How do we weigh life and death against the old showbiz notion of “the show must go on”? Also, enjoy as we share a few choice words about ambient theater, New Jersey theater, theater for dogs, cats, cavemen and aliens – among others (We also try podcasting with our eyes closed to see what we look like inside ourselves).
Nature Theater of Oklahoma meets with choreographer, dancer and performance artist Miguel Gutierrez, who braves athsma and kittens, to explore with us the nature of stunt, risk, and personal necessity in the work.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks to Bessie Award-winning choreographer, playwright, instigator and new parent, Karinne Keithley Syers, about crossing disciplines, changing names, and genuinely embracing experiment as a part of living and making work.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks to world-renowned choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker about dance, language, thought, intuition, irresponsible ambition, and living life with the possibility of losing everything (with also some side discussions about whole grains and mayonnaise…)
Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks to performer Kate Valk, one of the founding members of the Wooster Group, about her sustained commitment to the company and her evolution and transformation as an artist within it.