My call into the theater sent me into the beating heart of the text, seeing every sound, hearing every image and gathering a company of performers to turn this attention towards its unleashed resonance in space. Our partner is the audience without whom the play is unfinished. We know that audiences are smart and hungry and if we demand the impossible of ourselves we will meet our audience at an unforgettable crossroad of the mind and heart. In the ephemeral theatrical moment we strike an eternal chord.
- Karin Coonrod
In 2004 Compagnia de' Colombari was born in Orvieto, Italy, where the company re-imagined the medieval mystery plays and performed them in the streets and piazzas. Having revitalized the tradition of theater during Orvieto's annual Corpus Christi Festival, the company launched a parallel theatrical experience in its homebase of New York City called STRANGERS AND OTHER ANGELS. Since 2008, the company created and performed MORE OR LESS I AM (drawn entirely from Whitman's "Song of Myself"), EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE (from the Flannery O'Connor short story); THE WORLD IS ROUND IS ROUND IS ROUND (based on Gertrude Stein's story); Andras Visky's GIULIA; Monteverdi's ORFEO; Karin Coonrod's
texts&beheadings/ElizabethR; and Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT IN VENICE in Venice, Italy.
Funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Council for the Humanities, the Malka Fund, Sassafras Foundation, the Polonsky Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts City Artists Corp grantee, and countless generous individual donors.
Compagnia de' Colombari is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit company. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.