Ask me anything   Submit   My name is Ally Voris. I am a senior in the BA Theatre Studies program at Montclair State University. I am the production dramaturg for this season’s presentation of Attempts On Her Life, directed by Debbie Saivetz. The show opens on Friday 10/19 at 7:30, with performances on Sunday 10/21 at 2, Tuesday 10/23 at 2, Thursday 10/25 at 7:30, and Saturday 10/27 at 8 to follow.

This blog’s purpose is to research, explain, answer, explore, define, share, and inspire the references, meanings, motifs, images, language, and characters of Martin Crimp’s play Attempts on Her Life. I encourage all actors, directors, designers, managers, etc. to involve themselves in this dramaturgical exploration of the play.

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I kept a sort of journal through out this dramaturgical process. Below are my weekly entries:

9/3
Over the summer, I reunited with my high school best friend. Back in our glory days, we were the starlets of our high school. Between the concerts, plays, musicals, and talent shows, we had a monopoly on talent at Kittatinny Regional. Come graduation, we had come across a fork in the road. We could pursue a career in performing, or we could choose a path far more practical and fruitful in something academic like political science. I chose the former; she chose the latter. Three years later, she misses the fun of performing and I miss the intellectualism found only in research and bookwork. I think it’s safe to say that as I dive into the script of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her Life, my longing for cerebral activity will soon be satisfied.
9/4
I’ve realized that this dramaturgical process will not be the traditional type.  I believe that a dramaturg for a show like Grapes of Wrath or Side Show could dig through history books and national archives to validate the words and actions of a production’s characters.  However, AOHL is not that easy. When I first learned I was dramaturging this show, I was stricken with anxiety and puzzled about what I was even dramaturging. AOHL is not traditional in its structure: there is no plot, no characters, no setting, no conflict, no resolution, and it is unclear whether the subject of the text is a protagonist or antagonist.  In fact, the subject of the text is absent completely from the on stage action.  After initial read-throughs, though, my anxiety has been alleviated. As I heard actors stumble over unfamiliar words, it became clear what my initial role in this production would be. I immediately began highlighting my script and scribbling down notes and lists of people, places, words, and things to explain, define, and research. I realized that my job (at least for the first few weeks) would be to make the script more accessible to the cast. It also dawned on me that I would need a means with which to share this information in a quick and organized fashion with the cast and crew. I decided to create a blog (aohl.tumblr.com) to share multimedia information in a way that the actors could access it on their own time. Tumblr also allows others to ask me questions and share posts of their own. I’m confident that this will be a wise means to complete my work at the show’s dramaturg.
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an article on AOHL at MSU

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flight attendant movement

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William Klein & Daido Moriyama opening at Tate Modern

At Tate Modern in London, William Klein + Daido Moriyama starts tomorrow, October 10. The exhibition examines the relationship between the work of Klein, one of most important photographers in the 20th century, and Daido Moriyama, the Japanese photographer has made a radical impact on the photographic world by his Aré Buré Boké (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) style. For more information about the exhibition, visit tate.org.

If you won’t be in London, there are two other exhibitions of Moriyama’s work currently on view in Paris and in Tokyo.

In Paris, Polka Galerie is currently hosting a three-part cycle of exhibitions dedicated to his work. Currently on view is Hokkaido-Northern, presenting Moriyama’s photography from Northern part of Japan in 1978, later revisited in color in the years since 2008. Cycle Daido Moriyama is on view through January 13, 2013, for more information, visit polkagalerie.com.

In Tokyo, BLD Gallery presents Labyrinth, a collection of Moriyama’s contact sheets, both original, as well as new collages combining negatives from the past five decades of his work. Out of all three of the above exhibitions, you will be the closest to the subject of Moriyama’s work here. After visiting the gallery, go to the Golden Gai bar district in Shinjuku, his favorite part of town. After a few drinks in the tiny bars, you too may experience Daidio’s Shinjuku as he revealed it in his works.

The above gallery features work from the William Klein + Daido Moriyama exhibition at Tate Modern.

Labyrinth is also available as a book published by Aperture.

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production meeting movement inspiration

production meeting movement inspiration

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art gallery opening - movement inspiration

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art opening - movement inspiration

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"porno’" movement inspiration

young Jenna Jameson

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human trafficking inspiration

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