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More In-Person Classes Added this Fall! Register Now for Fall Term Weekly Classes & Workshops

Fall Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Fall Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes with code FALL22W, valid through Aug 31, 2022. NOTE: APPLYING MULTIPLE DISCOUNT CODES IS PROHIBITED. You are prohibited from using the Early Bird Discount code when receiving a Union Discount.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes through Aug 31 and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org. NOTE: You are prohibited from using the Early Bird Discount code when receiving a Union Discount. 

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

*Those participating in-person in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes

**Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends. APPLYING MULTIPLE DISCOUNTS IS PROHIBITED.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

HB INSIGHT SERIES

HB Studio, est. 1945, is a globally recognized training studio with the privilege of working with artists from all over the world. Our HB Insight Series episodes feature a variety of these artists and focuses on the question: what lies beyond the work we see? What was the journey that this artist took to get to where they are? Within each of these stories is a love letter written for all artists and the audiences that appreciate them.

You can catch the series on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Vimeo, and Youtube!

Episode 3: Ashley Olive Teague & Gwen Kingston

Artist-in-Residency, Ashley Olive Teague and Playwright, Gwen Kingston, share with us the development of their residency project: DICK, excavating the iconic text of Moby Dick and telling stories from womxn, and non-binary folx perspective. Not to mention their work with Notch Theatre Company in helping communities through art.

Host: Francesca Ferrara

Episode 2: Richard Hoehler

Richard Hoehler discusses his company, ACTING OUT: a theatre that offers professional training, practice, and performance opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. Each participant in ACTING OUT experienced the transformative value of a theatre program while in prison and wish to continue their training upon release.

Co-Host: Richie Dang
Host: Francesca Ferrara

Episode 1: Ben Mehl

It’s our first episode! Long time student and now-instructor, Francesca Ferrara is joined by co-host and HB Alumni, Yessi Hernandez as they talk to Movement & Core Instructor, Ben Mehl about how he got his start in acting, becoming a teaching artist, and his vision- all leading to his role in season 3 of Netflix’s You.

Co-Host: Yessi Hernandez
Host: Francesca Ferrara

Creative Team
Production Manager: Melisa Kucevic
Audio Technician: Gabriel Robinson
Graphics Design: Claudia Quintero
Composter: Zaq Latino
Editor: Josiah Smiley
Producer: Frank Nicholas Poon & HB Studio

Register Now for Summer Term – Part B classes start July 19!

Summer Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Summer Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes with code SUMMER22W, valid through May 31, 2022.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes through May 31 and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Spring Term Part B!

Spring Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers you the opportunity to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Spring Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes with code SPRING22W, valid through March 5, 2022.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Spring Term Weekly Classes through March 5th and 10% OFF thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Winter Part B Classes & Workshops Start Feb 15: Register Now!

Winter Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers the opportunity for new and existing students to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Winter Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 10% OFF Winter Term Weekly Classes. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Register Now for Fall Term Weekly Classes & Workshops

Fall Term Weekly Classes – Online & In-Person*:

  • Audit Online Classes: HB Studio offers the opportunity for new and existing students to audit any of our Weekly Online Classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Unless otherwise noted, audits are not allowed for workshops and are currently not available for in-person classes.

Fall Term Workshops – Online & In-Person*:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

*Those participating in onsite activity at HB Studio must abide by our requirements for taking in-person classes.

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT**: Get 10% off Fall Term Weekly Classes with code FALL21W, valid through August 31, 2021.

UNION DISCOUNT**: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Fall Term Weekly Classes through August 31 and 10% off thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

**Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento en todas clases del estudio y talleres.*** El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

***Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Fall Term registration will open on August 8th

Dear HB Studio Community:

HB Studio will delay the opening of its Fall Term registration by one week, until Sunday, August 8th (originally scheduled to open on August 1st).

We’re taking some time to process new reporting this week on the highly contagious Delta variant strain of the coronavirus that is now dominant among cases in the U.S., and which data suggest can be harbored and transmitted by vaccinated people.

The current state of the pandemic is one of heightened risk and your safety is our top priority. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to this ever-changing situation. Throughout the pandemic we have followed recommendations and industry standards established by the CDC, New York State and NYC, and we will continue to do so.

HB Studio will hold both online and in-person classes, beginning in the Fall Term 2021. Information on these plans can be found here, and additional details about in-person activity and safety protocols will be shared when registration opens.

Sincerely,

HB Studio

An Update on HB Studio’s Reentry Onsite

Dear HB Studio Community:

As businesses start to open and life begins to resemble a new version of normal, HB Studio is working diligently to re-enter our home on Bank Street. We are pleased to share an update on these plans with you.

Our ability to make a full return is contingent on many uncertain variables, and decisions regarding plans for in-person activity take much into consideration, including your valued feedback. We are eager for the day that we will gather together again and look forward to beginning the first steps toward that return.

Beginning in Fall 2021, HB Studio will:

  • hold our 2021-2022 Hagen Core Training program onsite and gradually reintroduce select onsite Studio classes at reduced capacity.
  • continue to offer a suite of Studio classes and workshops online.
  • require those enrolling in onsite classes at HB Studio to be vaccinated*
  • require all those entering the premises at HB Studio to be masked, except when presenting or performing work in class, or as industry best practices dictate.
  • ask those onsite to adhere to social distancing measures.

HB Studio will continue offering a Hybrid Program for its F-1 International Students. We are also pleased to extend the opportunity to our 2021 Hagen Core Training cohort to join together in completing their program in person onsite next month. 

The return to our spaces will be gradual, with priority given to our full-time programs and to classes that most require in-place work to benefit our students. We have acknowledged the limitations of learning in the virtual environment and are working to bring offerings that focus on acting technique, scenes, and movement back to our spaces as soon as possible. We expect that the classes best suited for the online space, such as our speech and writing classes, will continue online. 

Though some businesses are now able to operate at full capacity, our situation requires more care. We are currently working to test and update our ventilation and heating systems. The number of classes we will be able to reintroduce onsite will depend on the speed and progress of that work. Our scene, vocal and body work is often intimate and physical. This type of work requires further caution. We are continuing to follow New York State, New York City, CDC, and union workplace safety guidelines as they relate to best practices for theater and classroom settings.

To establish a safe environment, HB Studio will require vaccinations of all faculty, students and staff that enter our spaces. This requirement affords us greater ease in performing our work without the impediment of masks. Masks will be required, when not performing, at all other times when on the premises. HB Studio will also encourage those onsite to adhere to social distancing measures.

If you haven’t yet done so, we urge those that are able to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others, and to support a quicker return to in-person activity. The Actors Fund can help schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for members of the performing arts and entertainment community. Walk-up and at-home vaccines are also available to most residents in NYC.

HB has experienced significant losses from the COVID-19 shutdown and the reopening effort is costly. We are relying on our community to rally together to support our return. If you would like to make a contribution to help us get back on Bank Street, you may do so here. We are grateful for any gift you are able to give to ensure HB Studio remains a vital and resilient resource for the global theater community.

What a journey this online experiment has been! In the virtual space, we have formed an expanded cultural exchange of ideas and community. We are thankful for this discovered gift and for the renewed perspective it provides us in our work. We intend to keep a virtual classroom and will continue to seek opportunities for creative cross-cultural exchanges, now and in the future.

If you haven’t yet done so, we encourage you to give online learning a try. HB Studio offers the opportunity for new and existing students to audit any of our online weekly classes, in order to observe the instructor’s teaching style and the culture of the class before making the commitment to register. Many of our students have expressed their surprise at how impactful and meaningful the online classes have been for them. 

As the pandemic situation and our understanding of it continues to evolve, we will remain agile in our response. Please keep in touch with us and look for more updates on our reentry plans. We will share more detailed information on our reentry as the Fall Term approaches.

Stay well and enjoy your summer! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

HB Studio

*Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Register Now for Online Summer Term Classes & Workshops

Summer Term Weekly Classes:

  • All Classes Offered Online, in two 5-week Parts: With the exception of our playwriting and directing classes, all Summer Term classes are offered in two 5-week parts, Part A and Part B. A $15 discount will apply when registering for both parts:
    • Part A: June 12* – July 18, 2021 (No classes June 19; July 3-4, 2021)
    • Part B: July 19 – Aug. 22, 2021
    • *Saturday classes start June 5
    • Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10-week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A. 
  • Browse Classes and Register Online. Classes available in:
  • Audit Online Classes: All classes will be held online via Zoom, allowing artists to train from any location. We encourage you to try virtual learning with us by auditing a class.
  • Classes Tailored to Online Space: HB Studio will tailor its teaching and the topic to the virtual space, taking advantage of the medium’s unique creative possibilities. Please check each course page for more information on how teachers will conduct specific classes online, and read more about HB’s online classes here.

Summer Term Workshops:

  • Special-focus topics, with short & long-term options
  • Check back often; workshops updated regularly
  • Browse Workshops and Register Now

Discounts:

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Save 10% off Summer Term Weekly Classes with code SUMMER21W, valid through May 30, 2021.

UNION DISCOUNT*: AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA, UFT, and Dramatist Guild Union Members or international equivalent receive 20% OFF Summer Term Weekly Classes through May 30 and 10% off thereafter. Discount will automatically apply for HB-verified Union Members. To become verified, email a copy of your active union membership card to registration@hbstudio.org.

*Discounts valid for weekly classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount applies for classes taken by cardholders only and cannot be used to enroll family or friends.

Descuento de NYC Latin Media: Los miembros de NYC Latin Media pueden auditar* gratuitamente una clase o taller en el estudio y recibir un 20% de descuento** en todas clases del estudio y talleres. El descuento será aplicado automáticamente para miembros verificados por HB. Para convertirse en usuario verificado, debe mandar un correo electrónico a inscripciones@hbstudio.org con detalles de su membresía de NYC Latin Media.

*Incluye una sesión gratuita por instructor. No se permite auditar múltiples veces la misma clase. **Los descuentos son solamente válidos para clases semanales y talleres, no son válidos para programas o mercancías. Los descuentos no pueden ser combinados ni se aplicarán con efecto retroactivo. El descuento para los socios es aplicado para clases tomadas solamente por miembros de NYC Latin Media y no puede ser utilizado para inscribir familiares o amigos.

Auditions and Prerequisites:

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio with Institut Ramon Llull

HB Studio collaborates with Institut Ramon Llull to present a series of Catalan plays with artist talks

HB Studio is pleased to partner with Institut Ramon Llull to present Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio, a special showcase of select Catalan plays followed by discussions with the artists, hosted by HB Studio.

Institut Ramon Llull was founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan language studies at universities abroad, the translation of literature and thought written in Catalan, and Catalan cultural production in other areas like theatre, film, circus, dance, music, the visual arts, design and architecture.

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio will feature screenings of select plays, including English subtitles, followed by in-depth discussions with the artists about their work and creative process.

SOLITUD and SOLITUD A STROMBOLI

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio Presents an HB Public Conversation on SOLITUD and SOLITUD A STROMBOLI

Closing out our series will be the classic play, SOLITUD, based on/inspired by a novel with the same title written by a woman (Caterina Albert) under a man’s name (Victor Catala), and SOLITUD A STROMBOLI which compares SOLITUD to the film STROMBOLI by Rosselini.

Our talk will feature Alícia Gorina (director) and actors Maria Ribera and Pol López from SOLITUD and Fina Rius (actress), Núria Casado Gual (author and dramaturg), and Imma Colomer (director) from SOLITUD A STROMBOLI. Moderated by HB Teaching Artist Maria Fontanals.

Please join us for a lively discussion about the two Catalan plays from Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC)!

Monday, October 18, 2021 | 2:00 P.M. ET / 8:00 P.M. CET

About SOLITUD

“After passing through Ridorta they had come across a wagon going their way…” The start of Víctor Català’s best known work is an invitation to immerse oneself in the fascinating literary richness of SOLITUD, and foreshadows some of its major themes: landscape as a vocabulary to express existence, animality in the face of cultural and technical evolution, or time as human geography.

With her great mountain novel, Caterina Albert gave a voice to one of the most exciting female characters in Catalan literature. A journey of enormous vibrant intensity, marked by the magnetic discovery of desire, the raw lesson of solitude and the lucid understanding of the pains that weigh upon the world.

Length: 2 hours. The play is performed in Catalan and presented with English subtitles. Learn more.

About SOLITUD A STROMBOLI

Dra. Nela Simari, a distinguished expert in the field of comparative literature, gives a peculiar “inaugural lecture” on the influence of Víctor Català on the acclaimed Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Her masterful lesson not only takes us into the parallel universes of Solitude and Stromboli, but also invites us to reflect on the concept of authorship, the creative fact itself, and above all, on who comes to light, and who remains in the shadows in the complex narrative of History. Learn more.

 

MIVION RADIO SARAJEOVO

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio Presents an HB Public Conversation on MIVION (RADIO SARAJEVO)

MIVION (RADIO SARAJEVO) is a piece of documentary theatre about the siege of Sarajevo and a journalist that resisted it through the radio, written and created together by Slobodan Minic, Arza Suljic, Marc Soler, Carles Fernández Giua and Eugenio Szwarcer. The talk hosted by HB Studio will feature Carles Fernández Giua (director), Eugenio Szwarcer (set and video designer), and Arza Suljic (performer, co-creator of the show), pictured above. Moderated by HB Teaching Artist Maria Fontanals.

Our talk, which features Azra Suljic whose family is from Srebrenica and arrived in Catalonia as a child fleeing from the war, will be presented just one day before the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on July 11, 1995.

Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 2:00 P.M. ET / 8:00 P.M. CET

About MIVION (RADIO SARAJEVO)

“Like water, life always finds a way.” – Slobodan Minic

MIVION is an acronym in the Serbo-Croatian language, formed by the abbreviation of the words “We”, “You” and “They”. MIVION was the title of a cultural program (referring to artists, audience and critics), conducted by Slobodan Minic, a renowned journalist who also was director of the Culture programming at Radio Sarajevo. In that radio show, Minic interviewed artists such as Bosnian poet Sidran, filmmaker Emir Kusturica and musician Goran Bregovic.

During the siege of his city (1992-1996), Minic resisted by doing what he knew best: radio and journalism. Finally, like thousands of other people, he fled through the tunnel excavated under Sarajevo and arrived into Spain, where he established himself together with his family in a little village on the coast of Catalonia, in Spain. There, he worked as a waiter and raised his two sons.

Minic’s story is a testimony to the progressive advance of intolerance, nationalism and authoritarianism, but also to the strength of culture. His story is about the power of the human voice to offer comfort as well as how words and speech can be used to promote hatred and construct an “us vs. them” mindset that can eventually lead to a civil war.

MIVION (Radio Sarajevo) also explores the crossing of cultures and generations. It is a set of mirrors between the voice and the experience of Minic and the lives of two young people, Bosnian Azra Suljic, who also arrived in Catalonia as a child fleeing from the war, and Catalan dancer and performer Marc Soler who was born in 1998 and hardly knew anything about the Bosnian war before joining the project.

MIVION (Radio Sarajevo), magically merges radio and theatrical languages. Journalist Slobodan “Boban” Minic is on the air broadcasting live from his house, just as he was at the station from which he resisted the siege of his city. On stage, two young people who, due to the pandemic had experienced a lockdown that somewhat connects their experiences to Minic’s, Azra Suljic, a translator and interpreter who has never performed on a stage before, and performer Marc Soler. There are also the images filmed in Bosnia and Serbia during the documentary travel, which was an essential part of the creative process of La Conquesta del Pol Sud.

The referential framework for the play is the eclecticism, variety and dynamism of the radio, the ‘natural environment’ of the protagonist. A language in which interviews, moments of reflection and intimacy, musical interludes, even connections with correspondents operating in other spaces are alternated. The language of the radio offers many possibilities for the imagination.

Length: 80 minutes. The show is performed in Catalan, Spanish and Bosnian, and presented with English subtitles. Learn more.

A.K.A. (Also Known As) play

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio Presents an HB Public Conversation on A.K.A. (ALSO KNOWN AS)

Institut Ramon Llull and HB Studio bring together artists from the award-winning play A.K.A. for a discussion about their intentions and creative process. Join us!

The talk will feature: Daniel J. Meyer (playwright), Montse Rodríguez Clusella (director) and Lluís Febrer (lead actor). Moderated by HB Teaching Artist Maria Fontanals.

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 2:00 P.M. ET / 8:00 P.M. CET

About A.K.A. (ALSO KNOWN AS)

A.K.A. tells the story of Carlos’ adolescence and invites you to play the role of judge as well as audience member. We are transported to a moment in which, through no fault of his own, his foundations, his roots, his identity begin to break down. Carlos was adopted through a, let’s say, less than legal process. Being adopted is not a problem for him because he feels local, he is local. But the critical eyes of others make him question his true identity. Maybe he is not totally who he has decided to be. Are we what we feel we are or what other people think we are? This is the question we explore in A.K.A. by revealing how these seeds take root in the life of Carlos. Learn more.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • 2 MAX Awards (emerging theatrical text, lead actor)
  • 2 MAX nominations (direction, short play)
  • 4 Butaca Awards (theatrical text, short play, direction, lead actor)
  • 3 Barcelona Teatre Awards (theatrical text, short play, direction)
  • 1 Critics Award (best actor)
  • Audience Award: MIT RIBADAVIA, Galicia
  • Audience Award: Teatre del Mar, Mallorca
  • SGAE Foundation Express Theater Award