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WORLD OF WIRES premieres in Paris for the Festival D’Automne, Nov 13-17, 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

© Paula Court, courtesy of The Kitchen

Great news!  I will be returning to Maison des Arts Créteil yet again this coming November for the Festival D’Automne.

I think this makes the 4th show I’ve toured to the Festival D’Automne in Paris and I’m excited and honored to be a part of another original creation representing the best in contemporary American performance.

WORLD OF WIRES adapted by Jay Scheib, 2012 Obie winner, is set to storm the city of light November 13-17, 2012.

From the Festival D’Automne A Paris website:

World of Wires is the third part of a trilogy entitled “Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems”, created by Jay Scheib at MIT and based on a 1973 science-fiction television series directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Scheib, an author, opera composer and stage director, worked jointly with engineers and computer scientists to build a complex performance which challenges our perception of reality.

World of Wires
Adaptation of  film Welt am Draht 
by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, based on Simulacron-3 dnovel by Daniel F. Galouye
Adaptation and Direction, Jay Scheib
Scenography, Sara Brown
Costumes, Alba Clemente
Sound, Anouschka Trocker
Light and video, Josh Higgason
Caméra, Jay Scheib
Assistant Director, Kasper Sejersen and Laine Rettmer
Stage Manager, Susan Wilson
With Sarita Choudhury, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Rosalie Lowe, Jon Morris, Ayesha Ngaujah, Laine Rettmer et Tanya Selvaratnam 


The July round-up, halfway through 2011!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

July was a busy and productive month!

My last post was on July 1st letting you all know about the installation “Portraits in Dramatic Time” conceived and executed by David Michalek.

The installation has been running since July 5th on the façade of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center  and closes on the 31st.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s GORGEOUS!  Here’s a screen-cap from David Michalek’s site.  I won’t post video I took at the opening because; 1) I shouldn’t, and 2) you’ll just have to take some time and check out some of the amazing pieces in person.


You will not be disappointed!


This month I also worked with Jay Scheib and company developing a new piece for the theater.  “World Of Wires” developed from a science fiction novel written by David F. Galouye in 1964, and after a 1973 television miniseries adapted and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder titled “Welt Am Draht (World On A Wire)”.

"Welt Am Draht" 1973 - Rainer Werner Fassbinder


We’ve spent a unique couple of weeks as artists in residence on Governor’s Island under the auspices of LMCC. I can’t share too much advanced information about the show, as it is set to premiere in January of 2012 at The Kitchen in New York. But what I can say is it’s going to be a headspinning gem of awesome.


I’m happy to announce…I’ll be closing out the month on film!


Yes, that’s right, I booked a film project…my kinda film project. I’ve been developing a set of characters for a project with a team of filmmakers: Johanna Domke from Denmark and Goro Tronsmo from Norway. These ladies are spinning my brain with a project analyzing the damaging nature of the fabricated African image. Here is a little background on these artistis

Johanna Domke was born in Kiel in 1978, graduated from the Royal Danish Art Academy in 2006 and now lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. Johanna Domke works with individual and collective reaction patterns in specific situations in public spaces, where people have to adhere to certain social patterns and systems. She portrays people who are standing in a sea of other people or who sleep side-by-side, yet still seem to exist in their own private space, created by Domke’s camera. The hustle and bustle of everyday life seems to be sucked out of normally busy and noisy intersections, allowing Domke to transform the small, condensed still photos to filmic narratives and instill them with a life of their own.


Goro Tronsmo is a Norwegian artist and stage director working in Oslo, Stockholm and Berlin. She has been making context specific stage performances in different arenas such as institutional theaters, juvenile waiting rooms and black boxes. By picking the persons that best fits the current project – in many of the cases untrained actors – the result on the stage is based on the meeting between the person, the director, and the situation that is developed through the rehearsal period. Her video works border between staged and documentary material.


I’m performing in the film with the incredible Linda Adami from Sweden, who has collaborated and toured for many years with Jan Fabre and his company Troubleyn.

And to top it all off, the entire project is filming at the breathtaking EMPAC facility on the campus of Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists, scholars, researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences opportunities for creative exploration that are available nowhere else under a single roof.  EMPAC operates nationally and internationally, attracting creative individuals from around the world and sending new artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.

The facilities are state-of-the-art and the location is idyllic and peaceful.  Plus!  Laurie Anderson just arrived to take up residence and work on a new piece she’s been developing.  You know how I love to keep good company.


Lincoln Center Festival July 5-31, 2011: Portraits In Dramatic Time

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Remember when I posted about David Michalek and his breathtaking project Portraits In Dramatic Time?

Mark Stephen Kornbluth

Well the Time has come!

On Tuesday July 5th the Lincoln Center Festival 2011 kicks off and the outdoor installation “Portraits in Dramatic Time” will be on display to the public, gracing the mammoth facade of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.

I am so excited to see this project open.  On the day of our shoot we were treated to a preview of the scene Jay Scheib, and company, put together and let me tell you…its looks incredible!

I can’t wait to feast my eyes on the work of so many amazing performers many of whom I only know from the screen, but a number of whom I feel honored to call peers whose work I’ve seen and know well from around New York.

This is an excerpt about the project from an article on the Wall Street Journal Online site.

This series of 40 art films created by artist David Michalek is a free, public installation that will be shown nightly from 8:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. until July 31. Viewers can watch as many, or as few as they like, but each film depicts a dramatic scene shot in just 10 seconds and played back in hyper-slow motion, extending the length to about seven minutes.”

(Catton, Pia (2011, July 2) “Life’s Dramas in Slow Motion” Retrieved from Wall Street Journal Online)


Mark Stephen Kornbluth

I’m excited that the artist, David Michalek, decided to use performers who don’t hold celebrity status alongside more widely known names as participants in the project.  There are so many amazing actor/artists and showcasing opportunities of this scale don’t come around that often.  I’m absolutely chuffed that I’ll get to see my face alongside my colleagues and a number of my performance heroes on the facade of Lincoln Center.

More from the Wall Street Journal online.

Though he did invite famous folks—including Holly Hunter, Patti LuPone, and William H. Macy—he chose them for their ability to deliver specific acting techniques. He was less interested in celebrities destined to be the next face of cosmetics mega-brands. “I wanted to make sure the actor was an actor-artist,” he said.

An actor-artist?  That’s what I do my work for and that’s all I ask, really.  I encourage you to head over to Lincoln Center and check out this beautiful installation between July 5th-August 14th.





For the complete article on the Wall Street Journal website click HERE

Portraits in Dramatic Time, shooting with David Michalek

Monday, June 6th, 2011

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Exciting news!

The cast of BELLONA, Destroyer of Cities just shot with the amazing David Michalek for his new project “Portraits in Dramatic Time” to be displayed on the façade of the David H. Koch Theater, as part of the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival.

The 40-ft façade will be re-imagined as a media canvas, transforming the plaza into an outdoor museum and the building into a work of art.

The process was incredible and the images look amazing.  I can’t wait to see this project come to life.

The 2011 Lincoln Center Festival takes place from July 5th – August 14th (my birthday!).

More information about David Michalek’s work and this exciting project:

The new work from artist David Michalek is to be presented as part of the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival. The project will feature an array of glacially paced performances of theater artists and actors of all genres and nationalities. With artists featured both singly and in groups, the piece will offer a unique and secret glimpse into some of the world’s greatest performing artists. The work will strive to present viewers with an eclectic list of artists both well-known and under-recognized.

For a full breakdown of the project and more information about David Michalek and his work visit his site at



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Actors Filmed to Date
Reed Birney
Chris Chalk
Maria Dizzia
Juliana Francis
Jane Houdyshell
Neal Huff
Holly Hunter
Marin Ireland
Sachiyo Ito (Okinawa)
David Patrick Kelly
Louise Lecavalier
Patti LuPone
William H. Macy
Ruth Maleczech
Fulya Peker
Allison Pill
Radiohole (Maggie Hoffman, Kourtney Rutherford, Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, Mark Jaynes, Jim Findlay)
Ana Reeder
Roger Rees
Alan Rickman
Scott Shepherd
Liev Shreiber
SITI Company (J.Ed Araiza, Ellen Lauren, Akiko Aizawa, GM Gianino)
Lili Taylor
Qian Yi (Chinese Kunqu Opera) 


Current Projects


dir Jay Scheib
ICA Boston
Friday + Saturday
September 21 + 22, 2012
7:30 pm