BISTOURY Physical Theatre and Film’s latest Documentary Feature, “S.A.V.E.”(Silent Animal Voice Euthanized): The documentary exposes the reality of the treatment of animals. Over 27,000 pets are brought to Miami-Dade County Animal Services each year, and sadly, there are not nearly enough homes for all of them. The documentary also seeks to investigate why there are so many animals and what we can do to help solve the issue.
In order to complete this project, we are seeking your help to raise the funds required, which will go toward the development and post-production phase of the project.
We are mounting an online campaign from now until January 13th through the online giving site Hatchfund to raise funds for the work.
Your funds will go directly toward the post-production of “S.A.V.E.”, to support this project, please click the link below. If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact us, all donations are tax-deductible. http://www.hatchfund.org/project/s_a_v_e
The short film “IMAGINARIUM” a story subtracted from our current performance “IMAGINARIUM Life” directed by Carla Forte and Alexey Taran, has ben selected by the "Cannes Court Métrage, Short Film Corner, FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2013”. This short film reunite the essence of our “IMAGINARIUM Life” multi-media performance piece journey.
"IMAGINARIUM life" is a visual experiment where dance theatre and film fuse to shed light onto a dark world of desires and disorder. It is translated by a new form of communication and language through body gestures, serving as an escape from the established social order. It is a creative experience fusing and integrating contemporary dance theatre and film, narrating the story of Ana and Ruben, who have decided to abandon his tormented life by taking refuge within their own imagination, which distances them from all material and emotional attachment, thus exorcizing his ego.
Based on the screenplay "Imagimundo" written by Carla Forte.
Produced by: Bistoury Inc.,
Directed by: Alexey Taran
Choreography: Alexey Taran and Carla Forte
Lighting Design: A. Puig
Visual Artist: Vicente Forte
Film Credits: Directed and Produced by: Carla Forte and Alexey Taran
Cinematographer and Editor: Alexey Taran
Composer: Frank Wow
Anti-Poems "The exorcisms of Ego" by: Vicente Forte
Subtitles: Carlos Ortiz
Cast: Ana: Carla Forte, Rubén: Alexey Taran
"With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners."
The inkub8 (open-studio) Residency Program
Commissioned by Miami Theater Center as part of the SandBox Series 2012-2013
Imaginarium Life is a complex multi-media performance piece created by the brilliant dark angels at Bistoury Physical Theatre, Alexey Taran and Carla Forte. The performance documents — through dance theater, sound and gorgeous cinematography — the spiraling, chaotic world of an artist whose obsession with himself and his own imaginary world of self-inflicted wounds destroys him and the person he loves. Sounds tragic, yes, but the unregulated, self-centered ego focused only on detachment instead of human connection is a recipe for disaster. This all-too-human failing demands attention. Taran and Forte focus our eyes and egos on this failing in this exquisitely eerie performance.
Ruben, the artist, played by Taran, suffers greatly. In fact, he deifies suffering at the cost of his own well-being. But why? He seeks happiness and freedom, which are reasonable goals. We all deserve these things, but he tries to achieve those goals through radical isolation and detachment — an often misunderstood Buddhist notion. What we don’t realize at first is the suffering that his wife, Ana, played by Forte, experiences throughout this piece. As Ruben tries to retreat into his imaginary world to escape the demons on his back (who are always on his back no matter what world he steps into), Ana supplies the structure to keep her husband afloat in la la land. She enables. She encourages. She feeds. She loves him, but love sometimes leads us to betray our own self-interest that will inevitably come back to haunt us (and Ana) in the end.
“You dream too much: does it hurt?” is one of the first lines to create a lightening bolt. In the imaginary world there’s supposed to be no pain, no suffering, no hurt; just happiness, joy and freedom — at least in theory. This line made me question what isImaginarium Life. Is it an imaginary world free from sin and sorrow? Shame and suffering? Despair and desolation? Or is Imaginarium Life just life as it is simply renamed to give us (or Ruben) the false impression that we can create new worlds out of nothing when we are in fact powerless to do so.
“To be able to live: first kill the self.” I know what Ruben feels. Sometimes the only way to save ourselves is to destroy the absurd notion of the self that we’ve created because we feel like we’re not good enough, smart enough, cute enough, creative enough or fill-in-the-blank enough. This broken self, this powerful and intoxicating thing, becomes so big and damaged that it sublimates our authentic self to our manufactured self.
IMAGINARIUM Life is a visual experiment where dance theatre and film fuse to shed light onto a dark world of desires and disorder translated by a new form of communication and language through body gestures, serving as an escape from the established social order. A creative experience fusing and integrating contemporary dance theatre and film, narrating the story of Ana and Ruben, who have decided to abandon his tormented life by taking refuge within their own imagination, which distances their from all material and emotional attachment, thus exorcizing his ego.
“Imaginarium Life,” opens Thursday Dec. 6 and runs Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 7-22 at 8 p.m. at the SanBox, Miami Theater Center.
“I want more freedom.” “I want to be happy.” “I want to live free from pain and sorrow.” “I want to be free to do what I want to do.” Happiness and freedom have become these dual-driving forces that seem inextricably linked to our egos that no one seems to know anything about except that they want it, more of it and they want it now. Taran and Forte try to figure this out for us and I’m happy for that.
IMAGINARIUM Life is a performance fusing and integrating Contemporary Dance Theatre and Film, narrating the story of Ana and Ruben, who have decided to abandon his tormented life by taking refuge within their own imagination, which distances their from all material and emotional attachment, thus exorcizing his ego.
We are asking for $7,000 to fund this project. Your donations will go toward our production costs and total budget which include paying performers, designers, musicians and video production costs. Note: we must reach our minimum goal by our deadline in order to receive any funds.This project cannot be realized without your generous donations. Please consider a donation to IMAGINARIUM Life and considering a tax-deductible donation. Thank you for supporting this work and our first ever web campaign trough the USA Projects Program created by United State Artist (USA)!
Assassins for One Night, Bistoury Physical Theatre performance during LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2012 Marathon of the Unexpected, June 24th, 2012 at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 8. International Festival of Contemporary Dance - Awakenings.
“Assassins for one Night” is a multimedia dance-performance piece combined with video installation. Throughout its 15 minutes of duration, with two dancers and a musician live on stage, the piece will incarnate and recreate the life of three siblings obsessed with the task of making order out of chaos.
“Assassins for one Night” bases its inspiration on the play “Night of the Assassins” by Cuban playwright José Triana. It narrates a struggle against the constant restrictions imposed upon us by a system without any real power, a rebellion against repression, including that which we bring upon ourselves. At times, this struggle walks the path of reality, while other times it delves into rite and fantasy.
Through dance, theatre, music and projections, three characters deconstruct the obstacles that limit their individuality through the use of imagination and fantasy. Alexey Taran (Director of ERE. Bistoury Physical Theater) and Carla Forte (Screenwriter and Filmmaker) are the intellectual authors of this night, during which the act of becoming an assassin will become a liberating escapade for both the participants on stage and for the audience.
It is a cyclical play where the characters will indefinitely repeat the act of symbolically murdering their parents in order to attain individual liberty. The piece will return us to the place where we began; they are empty rites based on words rather than actions, where the characters do not have possibilities nor alternatives. The game does not allow any solution, and for them the only exit is the absence of an exit. One of the siblings says: “oh, my sisters, if love could...only love...because in spite of it all, I love you.” “Assassins for One Night” is a continuous and interminable game that serves as a ritual to exorcize the demons of the crime.
Entrevista por ELI BRAVO a CARLA FORTE para http://www.inspirulina.com/, Directora y Escritora del cortometraje "RESET" seleccionado a participar en Cannes Court Metrage - Short Film Corner, FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2012, protagonizado por LUKE GRANDE, y producido por BISTOURYfilms.
(Inspired on the play "La noche de los Asesinos" by the Cuban playwright Jose Triana.)
Directed by: ALEXEY TARAN
Conceived by: CARLA FORTE & ALEXEY TARAN
Composer: JURAJ KOJS
Performers: CARLA FORTE, JURAJ KOJS, CARLOS ORTIZ & ALEXEY TARAN
Lighting Designer: A. PUIG
Photography: GLASSWORKS MULTIMEDIA and VICENTE FORTE
S.A.V.E. Silent Animal Voices Euthanized is a documentary that will investigate how different societies face and deal with the issue of homeless dogs and cats around the world according to their cultures and political views. Everyday millions of dogs and cats face the obstacle of being able to survive another day and have another chance at life. Neglect, abuse, the fur trade industry and euthanasia are just some of the factors affecting animals in different societies throughout the world today.