Discover the projects that are currently being developed by Convergences Theatre Collective. Please explore, enjoy and stay in touch to learn when these works move into production.
From the Realm of the Shadow
A Contemporary Dance Theatre Staging of an Epic Opera. A wordless two-hour music drama first recorded by the National Symphony and Choir of Ukraine and released on Naxos Records in 2001, received its first live performances in New York May 2-3.
Factions are at war. A woman is raped. A child is born whose radiance inspires healing and reconciliation. A hero’s journey, a woman’s awakening, celebration, a tragic loss. Will the factions come to peace?
This inaugural workshop production is a collaboration among Composer/Producer Christopher Mohr, Performer/ Producer Christa Ray of Giving Voice Productions, and lead by Director/ Choreographer/ Producer Jeremy Williams of Convergences Theatre Collective.
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Leo Abel (Creator, Director, & Producer) studied at the Indac school for Acting and Ivaldo Bertazzo school of dance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He performed in a Brazilian version of Miss Saigon for a year and a half. As Leo’s evolution in theater progressed, he realized that his passion for physical acting would not be satisfied by typical roles. This led to his first major Circus production in the critically acclaimed O Grande Circo Místico. Since he has been in New York, Leo has been involved with several projects such as BABEL, an acro-dance-theatre production by CTC, shows by Atlas Circus Company and most recently Aida, Mefistofele, Il Trittico and Carmen from The Met Opera.
He continues to train in various forms of physical theater and performs aerial shows at Circus Warehouse and various venues around New York City. Recently, Convergences Theatre Collective invited him to develop I’migrants as an artist-in-residence in partnership with the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at Baruch College, part of Convergences Theatre Collective's Summer 2019 Works-in-Progress residency. Leo is a Project Visionary and Collaborating Artist with Convergences Theatre Collective.
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An adaptation of Peter Grandbois’ novel which won the gold medal in literary fiction in Foreword Magazine’s book of Book of the Year Awards (2011). Set simultaneously in a farming town in Wisconsin and a mining town in Colorado during the nineteenth century, Nahoonkara follows three brothers across a generation as each strives to re-create his childhood home. While Henry strives to make their new home prosperous and his brother Eli prays to maintain the town’s spiritual center, it becomes clear as the play progresses that the center will not hold. The only hope lies in the oldest brother Killian’s stories and in a magical snowfall that lasts for three months, changing the lives of everyone.
Drawing from the austerity of Brecht and Becket, yet reminiscent of such varied American plays as Wilder’s Our Town and Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch, Nahoonkara, a Ute Indian word meaning “land of the rising blue” transforms the stage into an oneiric space of wonder, one that exists both within the natural world and within our own minds, a place outside preconceived notions of reality and identity, a place where we are free to re-imagine ourselves.
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