About Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo

Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman: We are composing and performing movement-based theatre artists working professionally since the ‘80s and ‘70s respectively and together since 1991, who apply complex composed structures to ordinary daily human behavior. Notated graphic scores often accompany our movement productions. In our collaborative work for theatre ‘natural-looking’ behavior is subjected to contortions, subversions and convolutions, letting ‘naturalism’ show its socially constructed face. We invent systems for organizing movement and speech in theatre, similarly to how new systems for organizing sound have been invented for composing music. Each theatre composition, utilizing a repertory of gestural-choreographic innovations invented by the duo, proposes a specific critical look at social life. These inventions include for instance a technique for the orchestration of instantaneous shifts of time and place in complex patterns, which we name ‘pivoting.’ One of our interests is to lay new ground for composing form in theatre in a way that makes ‘theatre composition’ closely analogous to music composition. Currently we are in a creative residency as artists-in-residence at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, making a new full-length production. We have toured in South Korea in recent years, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, sponsored by the Korea Small Theatre Association in their Daehangno Small Theatre Festival (D.Festa) in Seoul, and then tour to other cities, also sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Arts Council Korea, and the Korea Association of Performing Arts Producers. Additional support comes from NET.

In 2015 we began a collaboration supported by a NET Travel Grant, with Yu Jin Gyu, noted mime of Korea and founding director of the Chuncheon International Mime Festival, including a work-in-progress performance of a new work in collaboration with Yu Jin Gyu and a workshop tour to two universities with Yu. 

Current projects include a collaboration with Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe, NM. Starting with work sessions in 2018 in Santa Fe, we have been preparing the completion of our "Action at a Distance", a scored and scripted four-actor movement-based theatre invention intended for Grottesco, due for premiere in Santa Fe in early 2021.

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