The subconscious is a mysterious place: to submerge is to discover our lights and shadows, our true and complex selves. GIRL INSIDE THE MIRROR is a short dance/movement-based Surrealist piece that dives into the subconscious of a Latin-American character, the Girl, who emerges into a parallel world; the core of her most vulnerable side, where all her ghosts and shadows from her past remain, and where she can either face them or through the voice/presence of her inner child, or let them disappear her.
WOW! That’s intense!
Girl Inside the Mirror, written and directed by the equally intense Nicoletta Mandriotti, performs at Teatro LATEA @ The Clemente as part of Planet Connections’ AMAZING Tenth Anniversary Season (why is it amazing? Check out the articles running on all of Five-Star’s sites) Friday 7/20 @7:30pm-9:00pm, Sunday 7/22 @9:30pm-11:00pm, Saturday 7/28 @11:15am-12:45pm, Wednesday 8/1 @9:15pm-10:45pm, Saturday 8/4 @2:30pm-4:00pm.
Nicoletta started with a quote: “Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.” JORGE LUIS BORGES, “A New Refutation of Time,” Other Inquisitions
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Tell us about yourself as an artist:
I started getting engaged with art when I was 4 years old. I started doing ballet, piano and tap classes. I connect immediately with these art forms and ways of expressing myself. Years later I got more engaged with reading as well as going to Museums with my mother. I let myself drive into these different qualities of art, and let my senses to open.
It was at the age of 14 that I got engaged with Theater in particular; it was during a summer workshop I did with the Company Yuyachkani, in Lima-Perú. It was there when I first met the Physical Theater approach, and I immediately fell in love with it. After finishing high school I did my BFA in Theater and Communications and I worked as a Freelance Director and Producer in Lima. I decided to come to NY to do my MFA in Theater at Sarah Lawrence College after getting half of my scholarship. I recently graduate.
I have also been a fellow of Companies like SITI Company here in NY. I train with them every time I can. I think they are wonderful and I also feel very identified with their philosophy, with their ritualistic approach and respect to Theater.
I feel that as an artist, my style and way of expressing myself has been changing. Nowadays I feel more connected with my true essence, and I do combine all the techniques I’ve received since I was a child. I feel I’m more attached to my sensorial world, to my own senses. For me, everything what surrounds us is sound. Everything can be touched or feel. The world is composed by music; it is just that we don´t listen to it.
I used to write poems when I was younger, so I am glad to start doing it again, in a different and more intimate way. Nowadays my approach to Theater is Physical mostly and very sensorial. I usually combine poetry with movement, as well as the inner body´s music, the one I perceive from each one of the Performers I have on stage while I am directing.
I am REALLY impressed. Share with us a little something about your play that we WON’T see in the press release.
This is a piece I wrote last year and that it´s changing more and more in terms of adaptation. I am keeping the text as it is, but having these 10 Performers has been a luxury to me. They not only come from different backgrounds, experiences; but also from different parts of the world. It is the energy, passion and commitment they are bringing to the table what drives me to keep adapting this piece and enhancing it. We have 10 women from Turkey, Bolivia, Italy, China, Colombia, Venezuela, America and Germany.
Makes sense – sensorial as the case might be – that it evolves as you did. How does your play resonate today?
I feel that even if this is a piece dedicated to women, it is also a piece that asks for honesty: how can we find a way to be more mindful, conscious of who we are, as well as more kind to ourselves. One of the characters, the inner child, is the one that tries to bring light and hope to the GIRL (main character). Her entire action on the piece is to try to re-connect her to her true essence, to her spirit. This becomes difficult since she has lost it after a traumatic event she passed.
The piece drives into a very deep and dangerous part of all human beings, which is our psyche, and I feel that nowadays more than ever, we are diving more towards our psyche rather than towards our spirit. ¡ For me, it is the unhealthy relationship between psyche and spirit what makes us feel unbalanced, lost. If we can´t control our psyche, then we are lost. Any trauma, or issue we don´t want to face will return over and over again. The mirror is a metaphor of looking into us in the most honest way, accepting our lights and shadows and getting out from stereotypes.
The Ensemble plays the role of society, and Women in Black Dresses represent the most castrating aspect; related to guilt, religion and pressure.
Why did you choose Planet Connections for your work?
It was while I was finishing my Master degree where I received a suggestion to apply to the Festival. I am pretty new in NY so I wasn’t that aware of the Festivals that were running in the city. After looking up their website and seeing their concern/involvement with Charities and Green I fell in love and identified with it automatically. I can say that this has increased now, after meeting the wonderful artists that are behind of it. I had the pleasure to work with one of them recently in a project at Governors Island.
Where do you see it going in the future? What’s the next step?
I will continue creating, writing and directing; as well as growing as an artist. For me, this is a career that never stops. I am a very curious artist and human being, so I have a strong appetite for learning and making. I think that´s what keeps me creating.
Join us this upcoming July 20, 22, 28, August 1st and 4th at LATEA Theater! We will love to have you there and meet you.