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Compagnia de’ Colombari
Compagnia de' Colombari is an international collective of performing artists generating theater in both surprising and conventional places. Colombari intentionally clashes cultures, traditions and art forms to bring fresh interpretation to the written word - old and new- and commits to using any means possible to flesh it out. Colombari brings performers and audiences together, thereby transforming strangers into community. The company is founded on the twin principles that the magic of great theater can happen anywhere and be made accessible to everyone.
Based in New York City, Colombari was founded by theater artist Karin Coonrod in Orvieto, Italy in 2004 where the company re-imagined the medieval mystery plays and performed them in the streets and piazzas of Orvieto having revitalized the tradition of theater during Orvieto's Corpus Christi Festival each spring.
Since 2008 in venues throughout New York State, their imaginative theater productions include: More Or Less I Am (inspired by Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself), Everything that Rises Must Converge (from Flannery O’Connor’s short story), The World is Round Is Round Is Round (drawn from Gertrude Stein’s story).
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Jennifer Newman, General Manager, Compagnia de’ Colombari
by Flannery O'Connor
created for the stage by Karin Coonrod
September 21-28, 2019
A tragic-comic interracial seat-shifting dance by
white and black people on a moving bus in America's deep south.
Fordham-Bronx, Loyola University-Chicago, Yale-New Haven
May 18 - June 1, 2019
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth, Compagnia de' Colombari presented a series of performances of MORE OR LESS I AM, an adaptation from Whitman's his first major work.
Over the course of one week we performed at Brooklyn Public Library, Ft. Greene Park, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Joe's Pub, RIVAA Gallery on Roosevelt Island, the Department of Corrections in Manhattan, the Whitman Birthplace, and in Bryant Park.
This series incorporated living poets who "spoke back" to Walt Whitman at each performance; Alicia Ostriker, Ramya Ramana, Jason Koo, Angela O'Donnell, LeVar Lawrence, Carl Hancock Rux, Marietta Brill, Desiree Alvarez, Claire White.
September 2019 Production of Everything That Rises Must Converge. Photographer: Maria Baranova-Suzuki.
Dietrice Bolden in More or Less I Am, May 18, 2019
CREDITS: Brooklyn Public Library celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th Anniversary. Photographer: Gregg Richards