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2020-2021 SEASON

May 13-23

Thesis Festival 2021

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre presents “The Cauldron of Destiny Thesis Festival,” featuring four original works of theatre created by this year’s graduating MFA class. The Thesis Festival marks the culmination of three years of graduate study by an ensemble of theatre artists.

It will be the first in-person performance open to the public in over a year, with limited tickets available and enhanced safety measures in place.

Performances will be held in Blue Lake from May 13 to 23 at 8 p.m. in the Carlo Theatre and Big Top Revival Tent. Seats will be limited to 35 per night. Bring warm clothes to be comfortable in the Big Top Revival Tent.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested ticket price of $10. Reservations are required; no walk-up tickets will be available.

Show Descriptions and More
Thursday, May 13 (SOLD OUT)"El Velorio" and "As the World Rises and Falls"
Friday, May 14 (SOLD OUT)"Re-" and "Emperor Norton's Manifest Destiny"
Saturday, May 15 (SOLD OUT)"El Velorio" and "As the World Rises and Falls"
Sunday, May 16 (SOLD OUT)"Re-" and "Emperor Norton's Manifest Destiny"
Thursday, May 20 (SOLD OUT)"Re-" and "Emperor Norton's Manifest Destiny"
Friday, May 21 (SOLD OUT)"El Velorio" and "As the World Rises and Falls"
Saturday, May 22 (SOLD OUT)"Re-" and "Emperor Norton's Manifest Destiny"
Sunday, May 23 (SOLD OUT)"El Velorio" and "As the World Rises and Falls"

Past Shows

March 19-21 & March 27-28

Kaleidoscope Neighborhood

Dell’Arte International’s award-winning alum and instructor Carlos Gallegos is returning to the stage to perform Kaleidoscope Neighborhood. This show dances on an edge between comedy and drama as it follows the story of a man plagued by extravagant fears who must abandon his dusty home and navigate his small world.

Written, directed and performed by Dell'Arte faculty member Carlos Gallegos, "Kaleidoscope Neighborhood" is "performed with virtuosity, supported with elements of mime, a full range of emotions combining energy, burlesque and poetry.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Carlos Gallegos
is an actor, teacher, playwright and theater director. He studied in the United States (Dell’Arte International School), France (Jacques Lecoq International School and Le Samovar Clown School) and Ecuador (Malayerba School and Teatro del Cronopio) among others. In 2002, after working with several companies combining theater, circus and physical theater, he founded Teatro de la Vuelta. For seven years he performed the solo project "Around the world in 80 months". He has performed, directed and taught theater on five continents.

December 9-13 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

Plush

Plush doesn’t want to say anything – in fact, he doesn’t say anything. His life as a circus artist is in decline and elapses into the daily silence that comes from loneliness. Plush says nothing and he does not really do much: what he does is in permanent conflict with nature and technology. Plush says nothing, he doesn’t really do much except a lot of dreaming.  He dreams of grand oceanic voyages, going far way by sea, away from his miserable home until he finds a paradise island where everything is possible – except the loneliness.

An original production and performance of Dell'Arte faculty member Carlos Gallegos, he "creates a naïve, very tender and playful character that makes the audience smile and laugh with his adventures during the 60 minutes of his show." 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Carlos Gallegos
is an actor, teacher, playwright and theater director. He studied in the United States (Dell’Arte International School), France (Jacques Lecoq International School and Le Samovar Clown School) and Ecuador (Malayerba School and Teatro del Cronopio) among others. In 2002, after working with several companies combining theater, circus and physical theater, he founded Teatro de la Vuelta. For seven years he performed the solo project "Around the world in 80 months". He has performed, directed and taught theater on five continents.

November 27, 28 & 29 December 4, 5 & 6

Hansel and Gretel

Dell'Arte's Annual Holiday Touring Show

The Dell’Arte Company’s annual Holiday Show tour, now in its 40th year, will not take a break due to the worldwide pandemic. Instead audiences are invited to usher in the festive season with an adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” which will be available through the comfort of their home and devices. 

Crafted for children and families in a way that is accessible, safe and free, this timeless tale will be told through Dell'Arte's unique comic, physical performance lens. Traditionally performed at various schools, theatres, community centers and other spaces throughout the North Coast, performances will instead be streamed through social media and aired on local PBS affiliate KEET-TV.

“At this moment, where crises ­­– from a pandemic to a movement for social and racial justice, to struggling businesses all converge – it is our intent to offer an experience of joy and possibility to the community,” said Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields. “And in this enduring tale, written in a time of global hardship, it is the children who are the wise ones.”

Adapted from the Brothers Grimm classic fable, “Hansel and Gretel” includes Dell'Arte's trademark physical performance style as well as original music. Fields is the director, Dell’Arte Faculty Member Carlos Gallegos is assistant director, and the third-year MFA students will perform the show.

November 11-13

Thesis Project – Jumella

"Jumella" is a story of twin sisters, two halves of one whole, struggling against the forces that seek to pull them apart. Determined to be together, they escape into the imaginary world of Jumella, a mysterious place filled with strange creatures. Will they stay in Jumella forever, or be forced back to reality. Using aerial silks and otherworldly masks, "Jumella" tells the story of the spirit’s search for wholeness and transcendence.

The live performances are for small audiences on an invitation basis. Upon the third-year students' graduation, a link of the performance will be made available. Stay tuned for details.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Hannah Shaka is a Canadian theatre-maker currently completing her MFA at Dell’Arte. She comes from a performance background in burlesque, drag, and music, and is currently compelled by theatre that uses the magical lens of childhood to breathe life into difficult topics. Her work explores the body as the source in the creative process, and seeks to tell necessary stories through fully transformational characters.

Marguerite Boissonnault is an actor/creator, writer and physical storyteller. Currently in the final months of her MFA at Dell'Arte International, she has trained in mask, mime, clown, acrobatics, aerial and voice. Her work ranges from the intensely emotional to the delightfully absurd, yet always searches to uncover present truths about our society.