BRIClab: Tatiana Pandiani: Azul Otra Vez (Blue, Revisited) (work-in-progress)
Thu-Fri, Mar 8-9 | 7PM | $8 Adv / $12 Door
Azul Otra Vez (Blue, Revisited) (work-in-progress) is a musical adaption of Ruben Dario’s poetry and short stories that combines the author’s main characters into one tale about a king who selects entertainers to live and work on his land. When a poet arrives, he introduces the king and his people to the power of words and stories. The book and lyrics are in Spanish with simultaneous English translation, and the score is a Latin jazz and folklore fusion.
General Admission: Seated
Melis Aker (book writer) is a multi-disciplinary writer and musician hailing from Ankara, Turkey. Her play Manar (semi-finalist: 2016 Theatre503 London Playwriting Award) was chosen to be a part of LPAC’s 2017 Rough Draft Festival and was also accepted to be part of Golden Thread Productions’ 2017 ReOrient Festival in San Francisco’s Thick House from November 17–December 10. A few of Melis’ acting credits include The Wishing Tree (Leyla) at the Signature Theatre; Opium (Queen Victoria) at the New Dramatists; Charles Randolph-Wright’s Love in Afghanistan (Roya) at the Arena Stage, for which she did a reading at the Roundabout; Tsunami (Dorra) at the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival; and AFRICA NOW! As a musician, she released her EP Dirt via Young Pals Music, which was picked up by podcast radio MaxFm in Turkey, and her single “The Little Prince,” under the music collective AKER, which she co-found with Alessio Romano from Studio 42 Brooklyn. Melis holds a B.A. in Drama/Philosophy from Tufts University and a certificate from the RADA. She is an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Columbia University.
Tatiana Pandiani (concept creation & director) is an Argentine-born, NYC-based director and choreographer of new works and musicals. She is currently developing a Spanish language folkloric musical based on Ruben Darío’s works, El Poeta Y El Rey (BRIC, The Drama League & The Habitat). Selected Credits: NORA (Lanesboro Arts, MN), N*** in Paris & La Lupe (Teatro SEA), 187 and These are the Stairs You Got to Watch (Atlantic Stage 2), 1989 (Connelly Theatre), The Co-operatives (NY Int’l Fringe), Assassins (Princeton Summer Theatre). Upcoming: Brandon Jacob Jenkins Appropriate (Princeton Summer Theatre). She is a 2050 Directing Fellow at NYTW. Tatiana has worked as an Assistant / Associate director at Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Repertorio Español, and Miami New Drama, and is a Teaching Artist at the Atlantic Theatre Co. MFA: Columbia.
Jacinta Clusellas (composer / lyricist) is a composer, guitarist, and arranger based in NYC. Originally from Buenos Aires, Jacinta moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where she collaborated with musicians from all around the world, and participated in projects with Grammy Award-winning artist such as A.R. Rahman and Alejandro Sanz. Jacinta’s music brings together Argentinian folklore, jazz, and chamber music in the context of songs influenced by poems and literature from Latin America. Her debut album, El Pájaro Azul, was released at the Consulate of Argentina in NYC, and is being distributed in Japan under the record label Inpartmaint Inc. She is currently writing the arrangements and orchestrations for I Am, a new play with music, and working as an Assistant Music Director for The Boy Who Danced On Air. Jacinta is a Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic and participates at the Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop.
Paloma Muñoz (choreographer) is a choreographer, singer, and actress from Argentina. She studied Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and since then she has been part of Time Temple, a live art exhibition at the Guggenheim’s Museum, and performed at different venues around the city such as INTAR, The New Ohio, Theater for the New City, and Spanish Repertory. Paloma was a guest artist for the Annual ATI Theater Awards at the Poet’s Den Theatre. Her latest works include In the Heights at the Gallery Players and Assassins at the Hamilton Murray Theater in Princeton. These days she’s rehearsing for Jesus Christ Superstar in the role of Mary Magdalene, to be presented at the Secret Theater in Queens. Paloma is the lead singer in one of the best boogaloo orchestras in the city, Spanglish Fly, and spends her time either teaching guitar to children or doing acrobatics in aerial silks.
Azul Otra Vez (Blue, Revisited) is produced as part of the BRIClab Residency. BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public.