Archive for September, 2015

Opera + OTOA = Success!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Can’t make it to Los Angeles to see
Song From the Uproar?
Come see an Open Rehearsal
in Jamaica Queens, NYC!

Monday Sep 28th & Thursday Oct 1st

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Patrons and OTOA Participants

As rehearsals for the Los Angeles remount of SONG FROM THE UPROAR are now fully underway I’m reminded of how beautiful this opera, composed by Missy Mazzoli, truly is, and how versatile and dynamic OTOA can be.

I staged SFTU utilizing OTOA to form all of the opera singer’s gesture-based choreography throughout the entire piece.  And as we work to bring back the production –which premiered at The Kitchen, NYC in 2012 — it’s gratifying to recognize OTOA’s wide and varied application.

Although this remount of SFTU is opening in LA we are opening our doors to the public for two special rehearsals, at the lovely Jamaica Performing Arts Center, in Jamaica Queens. Open rehearsals are free to the public and will be held on Monday, September 28th at 4:30 PM and Thursday, October 1st at 4:30 PM. Click here to see the NY1 Broadcast about our open rehearsals.

Returning to SFTU right after an exceptional week spent in Vermont for our 3rd Annual Putney School Residency ‎and the VT OTOA Intensive carries a certain synchronicity to life events. Click here to see beautiful photos and read more about the OTOA VT Intensive on our blog.

I hope to see you in Jamaica Queens for a free open SFTU rehearsal (more details below) or in LA for the remount (ticket info below)! And keep an eye out for the 2016 OTOA schedule later this year.

With Joy & Inspiration,
Gia Forakis
Gia Forakis
Artistic Director Gia Forakis & Company (GF&CO)
Founder & Master Teacher One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™

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Two upcoming rehearsals for
Song From the Uproar
will be open for the community
to attend for free.

Jamaica Performing Arts Center
153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432

September 28 @ 4:30 PM
Open Rehearsal with Q&A
(Gia will be in attendance)

October 1 @ 4:30 PM
Open Rehearsal: Music Only

Photo: Lead Singer, Abigail Fisher.
Photo by James Matthew Daniel ©.2012

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October 8th – October 11th
LA Opera’s Redcat Theater

Song From the Uproar
The Lives & Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
(Beth Morrison Projects)

This original, multi-media opera, composed & conceived by Missy Mazzoli in collaboration with director Gia Forakis, filmmaker Stephen Taylor and librettist Royce Vavrek, was voted #3 Best New Opera Events of 2012 by Time Out New York. If you are in the Los Angeles “neighborhood” this remounting is a must-see- but get your tickets asap: it’s a short run and it is nearly SOLD OUT!

SFTU Tickets & Information Here
Watch the Promo Video Here

SFTU Remount, OTOA in Santa Barbara & OTOA in Vemont Update

Friday, September 11th, 2015

I’m excited to announce that the remount of
Song From the Uproar is nearly SOLD OUT.
Get you tickets soon if you’d like to attend.
View the promo video here
and purchase tickets here.
More details below.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
the remount of

SONG FROM THE UPROAR

The Lives & Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
Beth Morrison Projects
October 8th – October 11th
LA Opera’s Redcat Theater
Los Angeles, CA

This original, multi-media opera, composed & conceived by Missy Mazzoli in collaboration with director Gia Forakis, filmmaker Stephen Taylor and librettist Royce Vavrek, was voted #3 Best New Opera Events of 2012 by Time Out New York.

If you are in the “neighborhood” this remounting is a must-see- but get your tickets asap it’s a short run and it will sell out!
For more information and Tickets Click Here: LA Opera
Photo: Lead Singer, Abigail Fisher. Photo by James Matthew Daniel ©.2012

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After the opera concludes I’ll be heading to Santa Barbara California, where I’ve been invited to lead an OTOA workshop at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA on October 15, 2015.

The invitation grew out of my trip to Macedonia to lead OTOA Workshops in 2013, where I had the good fortune to meet American Theater Director, John Blondell. John is a Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Westmont. This is a great honor and another exciting opportunity to spread the word of OTOA!

Westmont College – 955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
October 15, 2015
For details contact GiaForakis@aol.com

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I’m happy to report that the one week OTOA Vermont Intensive was a grand success! We had an excellent group and together were able to delve into OTOA on a deeper level. With the beautiful hills of Vermont as our backdrop we explored the practical tools and principles of OTOA, and experimented with new exercises and applications.

Throughout the week we covered the following areas of concentration:

- The Basics: OTOA’s Primary Principles, Tools & Technique
- Examination of Content Driven Thought & The Thinking Body
- Applying OTOA to a “Devised” Work
- The Practice of Watching & Listening
- Time & Space as Creative Mediums
- Theater as a Creative-Life Practice

Our time in Vermont provided the group with a wonderfully focused opportunity to participate with GF&CO members in the methods and development of OTOA, while also acting as a focused retreat for refreshing and reviving creative passion.

We also had time to gather one evening for a pot-luck supper and a kitchen-table reading of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabbler,” which we followed up with OTOA scene study.

Our day began at 9:30am with workshops divided into two two sessions each day, separated by three hours of down time to enjoy the delicious organic lunches provided to us by The Putney School and some down time, for walking, reading, exercising, napping or OTOA prep work.

We were able to take full advantage of the tranquil surroundings including an invigorating hike up Putney Mountain.

Overall it was an exceptional week of OTOA-learning and a sea-change of growth for OTOA’s future development.

Here are a few testimonials from participants:

“[OTOA is] a creative practice technique that can be utilized throughout life and it embodies the concept that increments of content-filled thought can inform increments of content-driven gesture and shape, which creates a meaningful way to manifest a sequence of actions throughout the dimensions of time and space. Attending this Intensive provided me an incredibly valuable, empowering, and transformative experience.”
- Jeffery Parry, Musician-Actor-Artist-Philosopher

“I found that…applying OTOA to every moment of the week-long residency forced me to become more intimate with my own thoughts and opinions, especially those that are artistic and creative. I learned… about my own creative-life practice.”
- Stephanie Regina, Artist

“OTOA provides the artist with time to investigate what their incremental thoughts are, connecting with a shape, and providing the artist with [physical] action to get to that next incremental thought. If that thought was not a true/honest increment, the artist is gifted with time to go backwards, through the increments of thought that took them there to begin with.”
- Clara F. Pagone, Artist

I’m inspired to take the insights from this week in Vermont and to start building a broader platform for OTOA, as well as a more active year of ongoing workshops for 2016 (which I hope to be announcing in December or January). As OTOA continues to lead the way in my creative-life practice, I look forward to sharing what comes next.

With Joy & Inspiration
Gia
OTOA Founder & Master Teacher