trickster theater

Papo Colo

trickster theater

trickster theater

Abstract:
Trickster Theater discovers the distances and differences of the similarities of languages. It affects the stage perception of reality because the text is said in a different rhythm and the action on the stage is independent from the meaning of the words. The play includes the introduction of two or more languages used simultaneously not as a translation but as a transmutation of the text. This play of language reflects the multi faceted flexibility of our culture. We begin with English and Spanish because Spanish is the other language most spoken in this country. Trickstertheater.org, a virtual theater, is about opening the field of theater representation into the electronic media. These virtualities / cantos / videos are made especially for the virtual theater on the web. The technology of the web and the flexibility of video editing create an innovative opportunity to address a global public yet retain an intimacy with the audience, which is the individual and the computer screen in the privacy of a room. It is public theater that is also private. Trickster Theater`s silences, words, and sounds inform the trans- figuration of language into a canto. It is the fusion between dialogue, poetry, and essay and the multilevel ideas in lighting design, the many positions of autonomous choreography, and the factor of the director/musician. The duality of language creates another tempo, another pace with the words. How one says the text determines the character. The tricksters create entities. In M Play, there are 3 voices, two in one language and one in another; the language is maneuvered in a way that is not a translation of the text but another entity that is formed when the three voices converge. Language is a character; the overlapping of melodies is an overlapping of the sounds of language. Together they build the entities.

Biography:
Papo Colo is a multidimensional artist: performance, theater and installation artist, painter, writer, and graphic designer. In 1982 Colo co-founded Exit Art, an internationally known cultural center. He has been curator of Exit Art, and has organized over 60 shows in which he was also the exhibition and graphic designer. In 1998 he founded the Trickster Theater, to expand his experiments as an inter-disciplinary artist. 1998 – present Founder/Director, Trickster Theater 1991 – 1993 Founder/Director, The Cultural Space 1982 – present Co-Founder/Co-Director, Exit Art 2002 – website www.papocolostop.com Grants and Awards 2001 New York State Council on the Arts – Artist Sponsored Project in Theater 2000 International Art Critics Award for the exhibition The End 1995 Bessie Award for the exhibition Let The Artist Live! 1994 International Art Critics Award for the exhibition Endurance 1991 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship – Painting New York Foundation for the Arts – Painting 1987 Art Matters, Inc. Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 1983 National Endowment for the Arts – Visual Arts 1982 New York State Council on the Arts – Artist Sponsored Project 1981 CAPS Grant in Painting National Endowment for the Arts-Visual Arts 1977 CAPS Grant in Sculpture.