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Ambassador Project | Timeframes Jan 30, 2015

A project by Ambassadors Seth Garrison, Theresa Crim, Neil Ferron, Shin Yui Pai, and OtB Development Intern Matthew Manowski.

This project is a result o fa discussion about influences of film on our personalities and reality - specifically from the perspectives of an artist/creator. Mariano Pensotti works in fiction but yet part of his subtext realizes moments of real lives - for example, using the split stage in his work Cineastas. Our question became: How do the fictions we encounter as an audience influence or impact our reality?

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Yeah Yeah Einstein Jan 30, 2015

Cineastas presented two worlds implying a third, that third one composed of a romanticized version of humanity and self-reflection (or self-absorption, depending on your mood).

My mood was kind of nostalgic and sappy and sure, self-absorbed, so I clung to a few moments as if they represented some type of sexy truth about my life that no one else knew.

Particularly relevant was a deeply-buried memory of how my first job ever was working at a McDonalds. The reason this memory came up will be pretty damn obvious about 30 minutes into the show.

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Notes scribbled during a performance of Cineastas, expanded upon and turned into ten rules to live by Jan 30, 2015

  1. Two lives are more balanced than one. A double life is preferred, and keeps people guessing.
  2. Objects reconstruct life. Look around a space, how everything is placed tells our story.
  3. The juxtaposition of two things paves the way for a third idea. The superimposition of fiction upon a life creates a hybrid existence, clarified, rare, potentially immortal.
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The Work of Mariano Pensotti Jan 29, 2015

What are the moments we wished we had lived -but we didn’t?
What are the songs that should have accompanied those unlived moments? 
How can we categorize the lives we could have had but we didn’t?

Observers at a train station. An encyclopedia of wishes. Six neighbors in an apartment building. Theater and death. James Joyce.
Pensotti's work encapsulates all this and more. 

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"Could something be built in theatre that actually lasts?" Director Mariano Pensotti on Cineastas Jan 27, 2015

I am the ultimate artist
My time is personal, excessive.
If a guy lives until he is fifty,
I want to spend fifty years filmmaking.
Leonardo Favio

I started with fiction and discovered the real;
but behind the real is again fiction.
Jean-Luc Godard

Only the ephemeral lasts.
Ingmar Bergman

ABOUT THE PLAY

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The Universal Latin American Theater of Mariano Pensotti - essay by Analola Santana Jan 21, 2015

Anatola Santana breaks down preconceptions about Latin American theater and Mariano Pensotti's singular vision:

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