February 21, 2012 Volume 8, Issue 9
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In this issue:

Tontlawald Opens This Week – video trailer!

World Premiere, Cutting Ball Commission
Directed by Paige Rogers and Annie Paladino
Choreography by Laura Arrington
Text by Eugenie Chan

Opens This Week – 3 Weeks Only
February 17 – March 11, 2012

Gala Opening Night: February 24
Performances: Thursdays 7:30PM, Friday-Saturday 8PM, Saturday matinees at 2PM {NEW!}, Sundays 5PM

This original ensemble-based piece weaves evocative a capella harmonies and visceral movement into a multidisciplinary retelling of an ancient Estonian tale. Lona endures her cruel stepmother until she unexpectedly discovers a new friend in the mysterious, forbidden Tontlawald – the ghost forest. Associate Artistic Director Paige Rogers was inspired by the work of Poland’s famed Teatr ZAR to create a performance in which the body and song tell Lona’s story. Rogers has teamed up with co-director Annie Paladino, choreographer Laura Arrington and Cutting Ball’s resident playwright Eugenie Chan to create a world premiere performance that stretches our definitions of theater, dance, and choral music.

All three of our preview performances SOLD OUT. Get your tickets for this limited run now!

For Tickets and more information, click here

Tontlawald Special Events

Join us for these very special events designed to give our patrons a deeper experience, and an opportunity to learn more about our new play development process.

Gala Opening Night: February 24, 8PM $50 Tickets – tickets still available
Join Cutting Ball members and friends for a very special opening night. Gala Opening Night for Tontlawald is sponsored by Bi-Rite Market. Our creative team looks forward to celebrating with you over cocktails and appetizers following the performance.
Buy your tickets now by clicking here.

Fridays at 6:30PM: pre-show "Deliciously Brainy" Happy Hour at 50 Mason Social Club
Join co-Director Annie Paladino and Cutting Ball’s Literary Manager Benet Fisher for happy hour cocktails and deliciously brainy conversation before every Friday night performance of Tontlawald.

Pre-Matinee Lecture and Discussion Series, Saturdays at 1PM

February 25 - "Dance in Theater: Movement Beyond Realism" led by Jessica Robinson Love, Executive and Artistic Director at CounterPULSE and choreographer Laura Arrington

March 3 - "Creating Ensemble Theater" led by Rob Avila, theater critic at San Francisco Bay Guardian and co-Director Annie Paladino

March 10 - "The Influence of Teatr ZAR: Song in Tontlawald" led by Associate Artistic Director and co-Director Paige Rogers

Post-Performance Discussions with the Creative Team, Sundays
Stick around following one of our Sunday performances to discuss your experience of Tontlwald with our cast and creative team.

The Tale of the Tontlawald, and notes from the co-directors

Much in the way a jazz standard is riffed on by talented musicians, our production of Tontlwald uses an Estonian fairy tale as the jumping off point for a performance told equally through song, movement, and Eugenie Chan’s poetic text. We encourage you to read this summary of the story before attending the performance.

You can read the full tale on our website by clicking here.

We also encourage you to read the notes written by our co-directors Annie Paladino and Paige Rogers as an entry in to their approach to this mysterious tale and their collaboration with playwright Eugenie Chan and choreographer Laura Arrington. Read there statements by clicking here.

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