Sketches, A Performance by Elia Mrak & Friends

Sketches is an album of short works researching collaboration & individuality, improvisation & performance. Beginning in late June, director Elia Mrak & his four collaborators gathered in Brooklyn to teach classes, train together and perform. Their work builds upon threads from previous incarnations in Seattle, Mexico, and NYC.
August 7, 2015 at 8pm

361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

Tickets: $15 at the door (cash only)

Performed by: Elia Mrak, Sarah Chien, Hannah Wendel, Carmen Caceres, Stephanie Lee
Produced by: Floor Friends

Sketches is an improvised performance. An improvised performance of short stories. 11 short stories. Solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. It is a performance that plants seeds, a microcosm of larger ideas that have been distilled down to their essence. Each scene proposes one clear focused idea, develops it in one direction, transforms it one time, and then finishes. Think of it like scenes in a theater play.

The work is physical, based on the techniques of Flying Low, Breakdancing, Contemporary Dance Techniques and Theater. We use floorwork, we run, we pause, we touch and we play. We manifest what is in our imagination through our bodies so that you can literally see our imagination. This is our definition of dramaturgy through the body: How the body can react, question, answer, talk, propose, touch, move and communicate a story. In real time. And in doing so, we find spontaneity, surprise, and honesty.

These are not finished novels, but they are complete novelitas. We want it to be accessible, to make it easy for you to opt-in. We hope to engage you and invite you into our world, to see our sketches, and share in the search. These are unfinished, yet complete. Clear, and yet not certain. This is our dance.

We enjoy it. We hope you do too.