Artist's LAB #4
Leda: A Modern Reclamation of an Ancient Myth
Saturday, October 21st, 2023
At Grace & St. Paul's Church
123 West 71st Street, New York
ABOUT THE SHOW:
For thousands of years, men have used the myth, of Leda and the Swan, to depict a helpless, powerless, and amorous woman. This retelling gives the power back to Leda while also addressing themes of childhood, violence, forgiveness, and what it means to be a woman at this moment. Using movement Annie McCoy will take on Leda’s journey accompanied with live music by MARLFAUX. This one-woman show was directed by directing team Saki Kawamura and Chase Kniffen
Performer & Choreographer: Annie McCoy
Directors & Designers: Chase Kniffen & Saki Kawamura
Graphic Design: Chase Kniffen
Produced by Artists' LAB, RenGyoSoh
Producing Artistic Director of RenGyoSoh: Yoshiko Usami Sienkiewicz
THIS EVENT IS FINISHED
Date & Time
Sat. Oct. 21
Grace & St. Paul's Church
(123 W71st, New York)
60MIN without intermission
$15 general admission
$20- at the door
Annie McCoy (Performer, Choreographer) is an Actor, Physical Theatre performer and Butoh Dancer originally from Orlando. She is a Principal performer with the Butoh company Ren Gyo Soh and has been seen in their productions of Shinka (Winner of IT awards), En, and En: 2021. As well as productions with The UME Group and Piper theatre.
MARLFAUX (MUSIC) has been actively creating audio and visual art since 2018. You can find their music on all major streaming services. Visit www.marlfaux.com to find out more, connect, and collaborate.
CHASE KNIFFEN (Director, Graphic Designer, Program Director of Artist's Lab) is a NYC-based director and designer. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Repertory Theatre for ten seasons, where he produced, directed, and designed numerous productions. Select Directing credits include The Sound of Music, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Other Desert Cities, Caroline, or Change, Violet, Next to Normal, Gypsy, Fun Home and South Pacific. He has won multiple Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards for his work on those productions. Chase has also designed sets, lighting, and projections for multiple plays, musicals and concerts. He received his BA in Theatre with a concentration on Scenic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in Directing from Pace University. www.chasekniffen.com.
Saki Kawamura (Co-Director, Associate Artistic Director of RenGyoSoh) is a NY-based Japanese director and interdisciplinary artist, her passion for theatre led her to move to NYC in 2019 to study. She currently pursues her MFA in Directing at the Actors Studio Drama School. She is so blessed to have the opportunity to work with the great artists and establish her work as Ren Gyo Soh. She puts great value on the process of collaboration, and loves to hear the stories of her collaborators and put them into her work. She believes that this emphasis on collaboration is what makes her work unique and singular.
Yoshiko Usami Sienkiewicz (Producing Artistic Director of RenGyoSoh) has been leading an award winning Butoh Theatre Group, RenGyoSoh since 2014. They are an award-winning Japanese artist, whose work has been presented across the USA and Europe. They have acted in, devised, and choreographed a variety of local and international shows and films.