Theater is a PHYSICAL domain. Our work requires the essential presence and function of the physical performer, who is able to respond to the possibilities of the stage with a spatial and sensual expressivity that reveals new relations of sound, gesture and voice. We acknowledge the performer as a self-generating artist whose work is to liberate and give shape to the hidden creativity of the body-mind.
Theater is a PLASTIC art. It generates its own visceral language through the plastic materialization of ideas, the inherent power of its visual-aural palette being not simply to represent thought, but to provoke it. Our director-composer alliance is founded upon the marriage of visual arts with the time-based arts of music and text and the concrete possibilities of this inter-disciplinarity; and upon theater's capacity therein to make immanent issues of universal concern.
In response to racial and economic segregation, and rising tendencies of nationalism, we make a conscious effort towards international collaboration and a breadth of cultural perspectives, so as to better shed light upon issues both at home and abroad, and confront cultural differences directly, as part of our creative process. We are particularly interested in created exchange opportunities between the US and Cyprus, a country at the crossroads of Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean and Western cultures, and Greece, where Europe's social, economic and political foundations have been undergoing unprecedented challenges.
KESTREL FARIN LEAH (Director, Performer) is an actor and director working internationally across stage and screen. She completed her Masters in Acting at California Institute of the Arts, where she received a number of awards to support her interdisciplinary endeavors and study of Suzuki technique. She has trained at Suzuki company of Toga, Japan, and now trains in the method of Theodoros Terzopoulos/Attis Theatre in Athens, Greece. She is co-founder of PHYSICAL PLASTIC theater project with composer Yiannis Christofides. Notable roles include Venable in Suddenly Last Summer directed by Kameron Steele of Suzuki Company and Ala Sur; a cross-gender Jean Genet in Maureen Huskey's A Splendid Death; and Jo in A Taste of Honey directed by Steppenwolf's Kim Rubinstein. She is also a regular collaborator with WaxFactory theater company and B. Dunn Movement. Dance/movement direction includes collaborations with Parisian artists Julie Bena and Duchamp Prize winner Julien Previeux (Leah was a primary collaborator on the awarded work What Shall We Do Next). As a director, Leah often collaborates across music, film, dance and visual art, and has shown work at venues such as REDCAT, Human Resources (LA), Blue Roof Studios (LA), The Garage (San Francisco), Concord Space (LA) and The Vail International Film Festival. She writes for LA-based performing arts journal Riting, and is published in The Theatre Times.
YIANNIS CHRISTOFIDES (Composer, Sound Designer) is a soundscape composer, creative sound designer and field recordist based in Los Angeles. Combining an interdisciplinary artistic, theoretical and technical background in electronic art music, sound design, cultural studies and communication, and professional experience in collaborative projects across a broad range of genres and creative disciplines, Christofides specializes in the creation of sonic experiences for stage and media. Much of his personal work investigates our experience of place through the use of field recordings as principlal material. His particular interest in field recording is in relation to the contextual aspects of sound and the intersensory experience that it affords.
His work for art installation, stage and performance pieces, media and curatorial projects has been presented at leading venues and institutions throughout Europe and the Americas including: The Lincoln Center, NYC (US); the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2016; the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2016; Abrons Arts Center, NYC (US); 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC (US); La Triennale di Milano / La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (IT); Ecos Urbanos Festival / Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, Mexico City (MX); Irondale Center, Brooklyn (US); Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia (CY); Internationales Klangkunstfest, Berlin 2014 (DE); the wulf, Los Angeles (US); Circuit Bridges / Gallery MC, NYC (US); The Royal Dockyard Church, Kent (UK); Metamatic: The Art Foundation, Athens (GR); The ethnological Museum, Nicosia (CY); Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London (UK); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (L A C E), Los Angeles (US); Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC), Nicosia (CY); Southwark Playhouse Theatre, London (UK); ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, Nicosia (CY), the Kultubrauerei, Berlin (DE); Cultural Centre "St. John Theologian", Stockholm (SE); among others.
PHYSICAL PLASTIC is grateful to have the support of:
New Music USA
The Watermill Center
CalArts Alumni Council
Paloma St Studio
As well as our friends: Joseph & Jacqueline Burley, Anthony Edwards, Doug Lacey, Jacqueline & Kevin Jorgeson, Yervant der Parthogh