Margarita Espada, coordinator for the Shakespeare Festival at Suffolk County Community College, and a performer artist and educator in collaboration with Joan Wozniak, a Suffolk County Community College Media Services photographer and videographer will travel to Santa Clara, Cuba to represent the United States at the International Women Festival Magdalena sin Fronteras from January 10 – 20. The festival theme will be Lives: Group, Theater, and Reality; and will include theater makers worldwide.
Espada’s “Resilience” is a devised performance installation that explores language on stage and investigates new narratives. The actor’s body and new technology are used to create a conversation about borders, identity and adapting in the face of adversity, trauma, or crisis. Espada and Wozniak will also lecture about her research on the role of the actor and theatre narratives in the new digital era.
Joan Wozniak is a multimedia storyteller who collaborates with Espada as a visual artist. Wozniak integrates images, projectors, connectors, digital sensors and created new computer code to control the performance’s interactive technology. Wozniak uses images to represent the facets of experience, reality, and memory. Interaction and projection give scale and context to the live actor. This piece will explore new theater language and relationship of image/actor/audience.
The Magdalena Project is a dynamic cross-cultural network of women’s theatre and performance, facilitating critical discussion, support, and training.
Suffolk County Community College, January 6, 2017