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Emilia Javanica DEMO REEL

Excerpts from various interdisciplinary performance, theater and animation projects by Emilia Javanica.
http://www.emiliajavanica.com

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Cardboard Theaters

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The Puppet Theater of Cardboard City.

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Untitled Vaudeville Models constructed by Annie MacDonnell and Rob Shostak (2006).

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Vesnin’s cardboard model for the Kamerny Theatre’s cubo-futurist production of Phedre.

Puppet Theater

Puppet Theater

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Cardboard stage with bird earrings.

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Cardboard set design for “Only If Romeo Knew”.

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A fantasy metropolis by Exquisite City.

Howl's Moving Castle, Southwark Playhouse.

Theater in an underground tunnel.

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Aesop’s Fables stage set (2006).

Image Links:
http://www.core77.com/gallery/sofia-design-week-2011/117.asp
http://www.dioramasandcleverthings.com/2012/05/three-fab-cardboard-models.html
http://library.calvin.edu/hda/node/2215

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2010/08/puppet-theater-tutorial.html
http://luckypony.co.za/tag/cardboard-stage/
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Cardboard-stage-set/1484287
http://blog.ponoko.com/2009/01/29/on-site-the-exquisite-city-of-cardboard/
http://www.shoppedanddropped.com/2012/01/theatre-howls-moving-castle.html#.UPeVoaFFcqg
http://jeffreytbaker.blogspot.com/2009/02/natural-childrens-theater-design.html

Theatre Manifesto from 2002

Back at home for the holidays, I took some time to go through a few things I have stored in my mother’s garage. Within my pile of stuff, I discovered an old binder from many years ago when I was an undergraduate theater student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Within that binder was my Theatre Manifesto, written for a course on generative theater work around 2002. Surprisingly, it’s not far from where I am today with my art practice. It’s nice to be reminded from times past that I continue to follow the path I carved out for myself.

For your reading pleasure, here is my Theatre Manifesto from 2002:

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THEATRE THAT ASTONISHES

THEATRE THAT CHALLENGES

THEATRE THAT BREAKS THE RULES

THEATRE THAT ENLIGHTENS

THEATRE THAT DELIGHTS

As a theatre artist and performer, I strive to:
-BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
-EXPLORE DIFFERENT FORMS OF PERFORMANCE
-BE ABSURD
-BE GROTESQUE
-EMBODY BIG, EXAGGERATED, DISTINCT CHARACTERS
-MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH
-MAKE PEOPLE CRY
-MAKE PEOPLE THINK
-BREAK THE FOURTH WALL- CREATE OPEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE PERFORMERS AND THE AUDIENCE
-CREATE THEATRE FOR CHANGE AND REFLECTION
-REACH ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE, NOT JUST AN ELITE FEW
-CATCH PEOPLE BY SURPRISE
-COLLABORATE USING ALL DIFFERENT FORMS OF ART
-CREATE IMAGINATIVE, UNREALISTIC, ILLUSIONAL THEATRE
-CREATE WORK THAT IS PHYSICAL-BASED, USING THE BODY AS AN INSTRUMENT
-MAKE THEATRE BECAUSE I WANT TO, NOT BECAUSE I HAVE TO

The don’ts of my theatre:
-NO SHOWS THAT MAKE PEOPLE SIT FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS
-NO UNORIGINAL THEATRE
-NO CHARGING MORE THAN $15 A SHOW
-NO BEING PREACHY
-NO ARTSY-FARTSY
-NO PRETENSION
-NO STIFF BODIES ONSTAGE
-NO NEGATIVITY
-NO DOING THEATRE JUST FOR THE SAKE OF SHOWING OFF

Image source:
http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/08/15/please-consider-signing-the-movie-theater-etiquette-manifesto/

Visual Aesthetic

Hello readers,

It’s been so long since I’ve posted on this blog! So much has been happening these days. In celebration of being active, I thought I’d write a short post on my own visual aesthetic. I got an MFA in Studio Art after doing my undergrad in Theater & Original Works because I knew the importance of both the theatrical and the visual in my work. I create objects for theater and theater for objects. When I write, I see images. This translates into performance and film projects (often both at once) that are stylized and visually bold. Below are a few inspirations that I use frequently in my work:

1) RED CURTAINS
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Mamma Donna Falls in Love
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2) POLKA DOTS & STRIPES
Isabel Jukes Karaoke
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Red Blob Massacre
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Red Blob Massacre storyboard
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3) Sexual Body Parts
Ode to the Boob
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The Dick Tater
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Red Hole Circus

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4) Cardboard & Foam
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Red Blob Massacre
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Beneath the Concrete
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5) The Grotesque
Red Blob Massacre
Red Blob Leg
The Shooting

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6) Influences
Food by Jan SvankmajerBe Nice to Me by Pipilotti RistLighting Strikes by Klaus NomiPsycho Beach Party

Die Tomato, Die!!!

Last night I performed a piece, Die Tomato, Die!!! at the Performance Laboratory, which is a bi-monthly performance event I co-curate at the Contemporary Art Institute Detroit. The theme for this month was Death.

I performed Die Tomato, Die!!! for the first time last April in a seminar in grad school, then titled Tomato Smashing. Here are some pictures from that performance:

It was a successful performance, and I made a lot of discoveries by doing it. One of them was that smashing tomatoes with a hammer was more difficult than I thought (they roll off the table, especially if they’re not ripe enough). Another, that the juice sprays everywhere, including on the audience, who in that particular space space (an empty studio space) was in close proximity. As they were sprayed with squirts of tomato juice, my peers grabbed a plastic sheet on the floor that just happened to be there, and used it to protect themselves from the bursts. There were plenty of  yelps and squeaks as I worked away with my hammer. It was hard to be serious even though I was trying to be- I really didn’t know what would happen, and everything was unfolding in the moment.

The performance was aimed to be an exploration of the RED BLOB, which has been a theme I’ve been experimenting with in my work over the past year. I’ve done all kinds of experiments around the idea of what the red blob might represent, without wanting to define it too specifically as one particular thing. In the tomato smashing context, the tomato represents food and cooking (and a female doing it), there is something quite gorey about it as it is smashed, and it has an interesting context in a performance, especially with me, as the performer, smashing it. Usually it’s the audience members who throw the tomato at the performer…

So, with all these things in mind, I recreated this performance last night at the Performance Laboratory for The Death Show. And it went really well! In the context of death and horror (two other themes I’m working a lot with right now), I wanted to continue with the seriousness of the piece, choosing atmospheric ‘scary’ background music. I chose a costume that was a bit more ‘glamorous’ than the previous one, and was a red color just a bit deeper than the tomatoes, but would be partially hidden behind my white apron. I also added a timer, that I set to 10 minutes long, which is the duration limit for each piece at the Performance Lab. I added rubber gloves, which accentuated the horror effect and made a lot of people laugh in nervous anticipation. And lastly, I handed out plastic bags to the audience members in the first row, who were in close proximity to my table. Oh, the anticipation!!!! AND, I waited to enter for added suspense- just the audience staring at those shiny red tomatoes and a hammer with plastic bags on their laps, waiting for something to happen….

Here are pictures from the performance:

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I have to say, this is definitely one of the most satisfying performances I’ve ever done in my entire life. There is something so incredibly liberating about covering an audience in tomato juice. And even though it was a serious piece, there was a lot of laughter, a lot of participation, and a continuous dialogue between me and the audience. This is still a work-in-progress, and I plan on continuing to develop it for more future performances. I feel so thankful to have the Performance Laboratory as a continuous forum to try things out and experiment. I couldn’t have asked for a more willing and accepting audience, one willing to get covered in tomato juice for the sake of good and experimental art. I don’t know if this would happen everywhere… it would certainly have to depend on the context, and the space that I performed it in.

You can read a review of the Performance Laboratory’s Death Show on the Midwest Theater Review: http://midwesttheatre.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/detroits-performance-laboratory-journey-to-the-interdisciplinary-fringe-a-review-by-edmund-lingan/

For more info about the Performance Laboratory, please visit our facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Performance-Laboratory/139602749441643. I co-curate this event with collaborator Carrie Morris. It takes place at the Contemporary Art Institute Detroit (CAID) every other month, featuring short works by artists and performers that explore what performance is, and what it can be.

Art Without Art Spaces

A hard part about being an artist is finding the right space to do so in. Rehearsal space, space for making things, space for thinking about making things… all these things are needed but space is limited and to have space you have to have $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Artists have to become increasingly creative in the ways that they find space to make things in. This is why Site-specific art work makes more and more sense. Not only does it bring itself directly into the public sphere, not contained in a traditional art space, but it also saves big coins in the wallet, if you know what I mean. As space is limited, I feel pushed to search for a new means of creating artwork that does, indeed, fit outside the box.

Image Sources: http://www.greektravel.com/greekislands/santorini/ (Galleries and Wineries in Santorini), http://web.ncf.ca/ek867/2009_03_01-15_archives.html (Prague Warehouse), http://www.today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/challenging-the-concepts-of-art-96002.aspx (Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” in the Great Salt Lake), http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2007/apr/26/sitespecificworkneedsmoret (The National Theatre of Scotland and Grid Iron’s production of Roam, performed at Edinburgh airport.)