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About The Show

July 26th @ 2pm

A work-in-progress showing
Conceived and performed by MLA//15 Institute Fellows:
James Barber
Breena Beck
Billy Berger-Bailey
Shea Leavis
Seth Roseman
Caitlin Teeley

Directed by Phil Soltanoff

Soltanoff envisions this production as a form built from fragments — pieces of choreography, text, lights, sound, etc. The emphasis is placed on the theatrical vitality of each fragment and what they do, not what they mean. “Meaning is created through juxtaposition, and meaning isn’t known until something happens next to something else.” – says Soltanoff. In creating this show institute fellows will immerse themselves in the process of using juxtaposition as an essential tool for building work.

About Phil Soltanoff // MLA Institute

MLA is proud to introduce our new educational initiative: The Mass Live Arts Institute.
It is a program designed for recent college graduates looking to advance their career as performing artists. Throughout July, Institute fellows will participate in daily workshops and master classes, working hand in hand with festival artists. They will also create and perform their own work under the guidance of internationally renowned director and educator Phil Soltanoff, who will direct the institute show presented as part of the MLA/15 summer offerings.

Our goal is for the Institute’s fellows to become intimately familiar with the rigors of making cutting-edge contemporary performance, establish personal relationships with a network of award-winning artists – and, above all, gain real-life experience producing large-scale contemporary works. Over the past two years, MLA has been successfully connecting freshly minted young artists with renowned performers and companies, giving them a chance to participate in hands-on, face-to-face training that has translated into real, professional opportunities. Many of our participants garnered work performing, designing, and some found entry level positions at our partner organizations in NYC.

Phil Soltanoff’s recent theatrical projects include AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK, featured in the Coil Festival (NYC), Fusebox Festival (Austin), PuSh Festival (Vancouver), and Mass Live Arts (Great Barrington). He is also known for his collaborations with CIE111 (France) featured at Pina Bausch’s NRW Tanzfestival (Dusseldorf), among many other international presentations. For 19 years, Phil was artist-in-residence at Skidmore College. He also has taught at numerous graduate and undergraduate programs throughout the US, including Cal Arts, ASU, Brown University, University of Texas (Austin), The Denver Center, and many others. For more information, visit {}