Saturday, December 21, 2013

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - December 21st 2013

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 21 December 2013  ~ Host: April Ranger

Host: April Ranger

April Ranger’s first full-length play, Streetsweepers, was the recipient of the Nicole DuFresne playwriting award. Her poems have appeared in Muzzle Magazine, apt, and Off the Coast. As a performance poet, April has toured extensively across the United States. She grew up in rural Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn.   She is a Salon Lounge at Dixon Place alumna.

Historical Woman Artist Honoree: Viola Spolin

Internationally recognized originator of Theater Games – the basis of improvisational theater

Video:  Kera MacKenzie, in collaboration with Andrew Mausert-Mooney
MUCK MUCK \/ MONICA PANZARINO an excerpt from one of a series of live tele-vision performances

Borrowing trademarks from live-cam porn (the [intimate] close-up) and structuralist film art (the long shot track-in) MUCK MUCK \/ MONICA PANZARINO is the only inter-species holiday love battle you'll need to stuff your stocking this year.
To watch the entire piece, please visit

Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney live and work in Chicago. They make live performative tele-vision featuring collaborations with performers, musicians, and other artists including Danny Giles and Monica Panzarino, two interdisciplinary artists interested in race and gender constructs.

Theater:  Ege Maltepe
SPOLIN-IST presents an introduction of the grandmother of Improvisation Viola Spolin and her Theater Games

SPOLIN-IST, the playground of Spolin Improvisation, founded in 2009 by actress Ege Maltepe, and pianist Emir Gamsizoglu. After Ege graduated from the New Actors Workshop, an acting school founded by director Mike Nichols, George Morrison and Viola Spolin’s son Paul Sills, she decided to bring this genius woman’s work to her home country, Turkey. Now in its 4th year, SPOLIN-IST is getting ready to gather a performance group with its alumni. Here, in New York Maltepe collaborates with Presence-Impact, running improvisation workshops for businesses. In 2014 she will start a series of Spolin Improvisation classes in NYC.

Ege Maltepe is a theatre artist and performer from Istanbul, currently living in New York City. She came to NY on a Fulbright scholarship and received her MA in Acting as a student of Mike Nichols. Right after her graduation she founded SPOLIN-IST in her home country. In New York she’s known with her plays TEA for 3 and her one woman show in which she plays a Turkish professor researching the social importance of female breasts; TITS by Prof G, as well as the performance pieces she creates about classical music with her pianist & composer husband, under the name of CLASSICAL 4 ALL. and

Literature: Olivia Wu
Olivia’s Poems

Olivia Wu, a poet born and raised in Shanghai. She has spent the last 15 years living in Manhattan soaking up cultural elements from all corners of the world.   Her poetic sensibility has been influenced by Chinese poems of the Tang Dynasty, European Romanticism pieces by Percy Shelley and Enlightenment period poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Music:  Emilia Diakopoulou, accompanied by Kiyoko Yamaoka
“In Quelle Trine Morbide”, aria from Act II of the Italian opera Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini, Libretto: Marco Praga

Emilia Diakopoulou is a Greek opera singer with a Lyric-Spinto Soprano voice. She started her vocal training at the age of 19 and completed her opera studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Milan, Italy.  She had her operatic debut at the age of 22,  in the role of First Witch at the opera "Dido and Aeneas" by H. Purcell. As a concert soloist Emilia has appeared in Italy, Germany and Greece as well as in NYC, featured in a wide repertoire of roles from the Romantic and Contemporary music. She recently won a scholarship from the Altamura International Voice Academy.

Kiyoko Yamaoka was born in Japan. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Composition.   She has performed at Jazz Clubs, and has been a music director of Spirit of Jesus Church.   She has been teaching piano at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts and working as a music librarian for the World famous Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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Thank you to Dixon Place and staff, Maggie Cousins (logo),
and tonight’s stage manager Teresa Register and archivist JiYe Kim

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