October 10, 2019
$15 in advance/$20 at the Door
St. Pete Arts Alliance
St. Pete Performs
Theater Grottesco creates theater that is visual, explosive and full of surprise! Kicking off the St. Pete Performs weekend, Theater Grottesco, a physical theater company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be in residence in St. Petersburg, presenting workshops and a public performance.
The public performance called Consider This, is a romp through the pre-history of American theater, from Greek Tragedy to Commedia dell’Arte, Clown, Buffoon, masks and more.
Enjoy the irreverence of one of America’s most creative theatrical ensembles while they share the philosophy and the many theatrical styles that make up their fantastically imaginative original plays.
Theater Grottesco is an anomaly in American theater. The Grottesco artists create their own plays collectively. The choice of Realism, generic comedy or musicals, is replaced with a broad range of historical theatrical styles or combinations of styles – distinctly ‘unrealistic’ – and often pushing the artists into unknown territory.
Instead of intellectual arguments and emotion conveyed through a script, the company uses imagery, movement, stillness and silence to move audiences. The artists prefer to ask questions rather than provide answers. And instead of three to six weeks of rehearsals, the company spends years developing a piece.
In many ways, Theater Grottesco is closer to dance, music and the fine arts than it is to conventional theater.
The performance ends with a live interaction where we the actors take stories from the audience and transform them into gesture and story. The show will have time for Q&A.
Presented by the St. Pete Arts Alliance
Tickets available at https://stpeteartsalliance.org/theatre-grottesco