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European Month of Culture 2018

Presented by Origin Theatre Company in association with Delegation of the European Union to the United States

10th to 28th May 2018



Origin Theatre Company is proud to present its first ever European Month Of Culture series in NYC. This new annual event celebrates a pan European array of arts and cultural events. This year we are delighted to be partnering with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts,  The Italian Cultural Institute, LaMaMa Culturehub and NYU Glucksman Ireland House. We invite you to dive into this city-wide selection of free events. 

All events are FREE, but an RSVP is Required. Links & Schedule below:

*THURS 10th May 6-9pm - VIP LAUNCH, NYPL for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center
Origin Theatre's European Month of Culture launch event in NYC features Origin’s Highlighted Italian Cultural Symposium Artist, Italian playwright and filmmaker Marco Calvani with a screening of his new short film, 'The View From Up Here', about a Syrian Refugee in NYC, starring Leila Bekhti (France) and Melissa Leo (America). Followed by a long table discussion allowing audiences to join the conversation with invited panelists from different European nations and the USA moderated by Erwin Maas (Director of Programming, Origin Theatre Company, Artistic Director, International Society for Performing Arts - ISPA); Welcome by George Heslin (Director, Origin Theatre Company) and EU Delegation Deputy Ambassador Anderson;
Panelists: Marco Calvani (Italian Playwright/Filmmaker), Linda Zachrison (Cultural Attaché Sweden), Daniel Hrbek (Czech Theatermaker), Maria Rapicavoli (Italian Visual Artist), Mersiha Mesihovic (Sweden based Bosnian Choreographer), and others TBD.

*FRIDAY 11th May - WORLD PREMIERE READING, Italian Cultural Institute NYC
As part of the Origin Theatre Company’s May Reading Series, 'Beautiful Day Without You', commissioned by Origin, from Italian playwright Marco Calvani will be presented as a work in progress. Followed by a Q&A and reception with the playwright and director.

*SATURDAY 12th May - INSPIRE ITALY, LaMaMa CultureHub
A sampler of videos of devised work and Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) by Italian Artists & Companies such as: Motus, Compagnia Rodisio, TPO/Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana as well as other artists.

*SUNDAY 13th May - MASTER ARTISTS WORKSHOPS, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Internationally acclaimed Italian choreographer Enzo Celli teaches a Master Class in contemporary dance technique and movement for students from the Academy.

*MONDAY 21st May - A BOY NAMED RISHI (READING SERIES), NYU Glucksman Ireland House
Was Rishi Chandrikasing the wrong person in the wrong place? On November 24, 2012, he was shot dead on platform four at The Hague Hollands Spoor by a policeman. A fateful coincidence of circumstances. By Kees Roorda, directed by Erwin Maas. Followed by wine reception

MONDAY 28th May - ALL MOD CONS (READING SERIES), NYU Glucksman Ireland House
Follow the struggle between two siblings who are trying to find a flat to buy amidst a housing crisis. After their Mother dies, Jean, returns home for good after eight years away, having left as John, to help her younger and now "hipster" brother, Gary, find a place for them to live. Jean is keen they are going to make this new situation work. Gary is desperate to prove to Jean he has grown up and changed just as much as she has, but with their old friend Ian as their realtor, dark secrets from the past are threatening to repeat themselves. By Erica Murray, directed by Kim Kerfoot. Followed by wine reception



New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 

The Italian Cultural Institute, 

LaMaMa Culturehub, 

NYU Glucksman Ireland House,