Theater Between is not an art organization or a permanent ensemble of artists; rather, it is a fluid site of exploration, experimentation and research into the nature of the performance that chooses happenings, ritual, committed solo work and the rhythms of the natural world as its main field of activity. As such, it functions in everyday life as well as in staged events, workshops, filmmaking and encounters with wild nature, exploring performance as the fundamental energy of human and non-human expressivity.
Points of View
Points of View
- We live in a time of heightened anxiety about the state of our world marooned in old stories of separation, aberrant individualism, conquest and dominion.
- As theater artists, we address this crisis through the medium of performance whose raison d'etre is relationship: the in-between. This relationship comes into being within our living biosphere whose role is central to any performative act.
- We believe that we need to release the old stories that keep us shackled to malfunctioning ideologies, and need new myths rooted in the interconnectedness of all life.
- We examine the ancient paradigm of the microcosm, in which the human body enfolds and reflects the universe, applying that paradigm to the theater itself, regarding it as cosmos in miniature. We see that paradigm as an antidote to the prevailing ethos of separation.
- We believe that through performance we can re-enact our world anew by harnessing the power of imagination and summoning the potency of wild nature.
Aleksandra Wolska - Founder, Artistic Co-Director
Aleksandra is a theater artist, writer, educator, filmmaker and performance scholar. She holds an MFA in Directing (Boston University) and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Criticism (Stanford University). Her directorial credits range from originally devised productions to plays by Shakespeare, Strindberg and Beckett; most notably, she directed all wear bowlers (Drama Desk Nomination) and machines machines machines machines machines machines machines machines (Obie Award) with Rainpan 43, which showed at HereArts in NYC and in other national and international venues. As a filmmaker, she wrote and co-directed the documentary The Heart of a Bell which premiered at Pacific Rim Film Festival. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at the University of Minnesota, Aleksandra is an independent scholar working on a book I Am Theater: the Cosmic Art of Acting as well as on The Performer (film and play), The Feast of the Hungry Ghosts (multimedia performance) and on Theater Between, a site of para-theatrical and theatrical activities. She works and lives in Santa Cruz.
Jerilyn Kass - Dramaturg, Artistic Co-Director
Jerilyn is an educator, dramaturg /editor and a poet, the author of the poetry book What I Couldn't Tell You. She was instrumental in articulating the vision of Theater Between as well as in crafting play-texts of The Feast of the Hungry Ghosts and The Performer. She also assistant-directed The Wall, a devised theater piece based on Sufi parable that opened at the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, and is now on an epic journey traveling through states, countries and continents of the world. She may return one day with stories to feed our souls.