AN ORIGINAL SOLO PERFORMANCE
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY GABRIELLE SCHUTZ
DIRECTED BY MARIDEE SLATER
ABOUT THE SHOW
BEASTS is an interdisciplinary solo performance using live-feed video projection, dance, live music and storytelling to explore the fine line that separates humans from animals. A blend of personal narrative and science fiction, BEASTS follows one woman as her intellectual and animal selves battle for the audiences understanding and provokes them to question their own potential for violence. A violin played dangerously, a dancer overwhelmed with animal instinct, a webcast conspiracy theory, this performance takes the elegance of theatricality and makes it threatening.
BEASTS premiered at Dixon Place (NY) and has been presented by Colorado Mesa University (CO) and Sarah Lawrence College (NY).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Gabrielle Schutz is a NYC based Theatre and Dance artist. As a Director and Choreographer my work has been featured at: the Northwest New Work Festival, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Pony World Theatre, the Risk/Reward Festival, La Mama: Umbria (Directing Symposium 2014), Sarah Lawrence College, Hudson River Museum and most recently Dixon Place. Her original solo performances have been presented by Dixon Place (New York, NY), TheatreLab NYC (New York, NY), and Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO). Recently she She holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Acting/Directing from Colorado Mesa University. Schutz is currently Assistant to the Artistic Director of Eva Dean Dance (Brooklyn, NY) and a Guest Teaching Artist at Sarah Lawrence College.
Maridee Slater is a director, performer, and writer with a penchant for live music. She has an MFA from Columbia University's Directing program. Current projects include Incident at the Border with The Flashbulb Project, One The Verge: A Crown Heights Anthology (written and conceived by Xandra Clark), Julie (25f) (in collaboration with Dianne Nora and Jolene Noel). Past projects: The Tooth of Crime by Sam Shepard, with original music by Jillie Mae Eddy and Sam Gelband, Song of the Sea ((Dream)Play, Jillie Mae Eddy), SIRENS (devised with writings from Tabia Lau, Matthew Minnicino, Dianne Nora, and Laura Zlatos, music by Jillie Mae Eddy), A Sea Gull (adapted from Chekhov's classic by Matthew Minnicino), and a solo spin on Chekhov's Cherry Orchard, titled Drop It (Maridee Slater- Writer/Performer, Edinburgh Fringe). She was Production Assistant on a workshop for the musical Waitress (Directed by Diane Paulus, Music by Sara Bareilles).