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Wyss Interactive: Moving Beyond Limitations

Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010

Wyss Interactive Series
Moving Beyond Limitations: A Choreographer's Approach to Cerebral Palsy

Tamar Rogoff, Choreographer
Gregg Mozgala, Actor

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Discussion
A Choreographer's Approach to the Body's Potential
Location: New Research Building (NRB), Room 350
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Interactive Workshop
Experiencing a Body Based Approach to Anatomy and Alignment
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP*

Biographies:

Gregg Mozgala is an actor and writer. He made his dance debut with Diagnosis of a Faun. He has appeared in productions with Theatre Breaking Through Barriers (Romeo & Juliet, The Rules of Charity), Foolish Theatre Company (Funny As A Crutch), The Brick Theater (True Life Story of...Your Name Here; Action Jesus!), Prospect Theater Company (Midnight is Where the Day Begins), The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris), Imua! Theatre Company (The Greeks- Parts I & II), Visible Theatre (Clucky The Brave Little Hen, True Story Project: Sex!, True Story Project: Faith), and the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood (The Roosevelt Cousins Thoroughly Sauced, Glory Days At Jesus High). He can be seen in the DOJO 12 web series Help Wanted. He has worked internationally in England and in Croatia. His regional credits include his original works Game Legs, which he wrote and starred in at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His play DIS'D was included in the Kennedy Center's 2007 Page to Stage Festival and he received a commission to expand the play into a full-length piece. His plays of all various lengths and sizes have also been presented and/or produced at the NY International Fringe Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Visible Theatre, Nicu’s Spoon and Theatre Breaking Through Barriers.

Tamar Rogoff is a choreographer who explores the outer limits of how people negotiate extreme circumstances. She combines and juxtaposes unlikely company members, always on the look out for magical and tender ways to tell difficult stories. Rogoff’s large scale site works, films, and more traditional proscenium performances house her life-long experimental process. Angle of Ascent was performed on a tower rising 25 feet above the plaza in Lincoln Center, while huge water tanks were built there for In Deep. The Ivye Project (1994) took place in a forest in Belarus, surrounding the mass graves of Rogoff’s relatives and others killed in the Holocaust. This later became the subject of the documentary produced by Lori Cheatle and directed by Rogoff and Daisy Wright called Summer in Ivye, which was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Demeter’s Daughter, another large scale site-work performed on the streets of the lower East Side, used community gardens and rooftops. Rogoff’s proscenium piece, Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier, was based on the year-long relationship between her company and a community of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2005, Rogoff choreographed a solo dance piece at P.S.122 for actor Claire Danes entitled Christina Olson: American Model. Rogoff was movement consultant to Danes for HBO’s Temple Grandin, scheduled for release in February 2010. Her work is featured in a recent book Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces. Rogoff has taught for many years at P.S. 122 and at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. Six years ago, she founded the arts program at Solar1, an environmental education and arts center. She is a four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been generously funded and commissioned by Dancing in the Streets, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Rockefeller MAP Grant, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Harkness Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop’s Suitcase Fund, and VSA arts. Currently, as a Guggenheim Fellow, Rogoff is working on a documentary about the training of Gregg Mozgala, as he prepares to dance the role of the Faun. Rogoff’s methods of release through unorthodox body practices address Mozgala’s cerebral palsy.

 

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