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Studio Matejka to Perform, Hold Master Class During Residency

Studio Matejka, in association with the world-renowned Grotowski Institute, will perform, hold a public master class and conduct a physical theater/dance residency at St. Lawrence University.

A physical theater laboratory based in Poland, Studio Matejka explores 21st century performance techniques that specifically work across disciplines, performance genres and training techniques as well as individual expression and collective resonance. The visiting artists include Magdalena Koza, Alexandra Kazazou, Daniel Han, and Karol Jarek. The group has conducted numerous educational programs with academic and theatrical institutions worldwide, including California Institute of the Arts, UNEARTE (Venezuela), University of Salford (UK), Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico de Murcia (Spain), and the Drama School Delos of Dimitra Hatoupi (Greece).

The nine-day residency, which begins Feb. 8, will include class visits, a master class, practical collaboration and an interdisciplinary symposium. The residency will culminate in a two-hour interdisciplinary symposium focused on the topic of contemporary performance practices and the human body. The members of Studio Matejka will also collaborate with students and faculty involved in the Spring 2014 production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

“This is a great opportunity for our students,” said Charles Pepiton, visiting assistant professor of Performance and Communication Arts. “There will be stylized movement throughout the show, and they will help students with directing movement, which is truly at the intersection of music and dance.”

The St. Lawrence University Arts Collaborative, which supports artistic events and activities for the St. Lawrence community and helps integrate arts programs into courses and co-curricular activities, is sponsoring Studio Matejka’s visit. Pepiton, who wrote the successful proposal to bring group to St. Lawrence, was selected as one of about 15 theater artists from around the world to participate in a summer physical theater residency at the historic forest base of the Grotowski Institute in Brzezinka, Poland, in 2013. While there, Pepiton worked alongside members of Studio Matejka.

The public performance, titled “Charmolypi,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. Charmolypi is a young Greek-Polish woman who realizes that she has numerous conceptions of herself. Sifting through the shards of her own memories and comparing them to the experiences of people she meets in her travels, her journey towards her own identity reflects the wider contemporary struggles towards social and collective stability.

Studio Matejka will hold a public master class at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Noble Center 107. The event is free and open to the public.

There also will be an interdisciplinary discussion and presentation at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, in Noble Center 109.

For more information, contact Karin Blackburn at 315-229-5998 or kblackburn@stlawu.edu.