The current physical distancing has provided us with an opportunity to move assertively to an ensemble model of project creation. This has been a staple of experimental practice throughout the world – and crucial as a gesture of de-institutionalization of performance practice. Though always an important facet of the CalArts experience, the current environment invites us to embrace the creative potential of ensemble work in a more expansive and profound way.
Working across disciplines and cultural boundaries, these ensembles will allow for an expanded range of projects and voices, while enfranchising students to step beyond the traditional bounds of their given métier – highlighting our dedication to experimental practice, lateral production strategies, and cross-cultural engagement.
The School of Theater Festival, featuring several of our season projects, runs May 4-14, 2021.
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