HERE Arts Center Selects Gisela Cardenas as Resident Artist

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25-Apr-16
Gisela Cardenas ’04 has been selected by HERE Arts Center as one of 15 artists to participate in its HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Through the program, HERE commissions and develops new works over a one- to three-year period.

During her residency, Cardenas and her company, In Tandem Lab, will develop Hybrid Suite No. 2: The Carmen Variations, a devised theatre opera inspired by Bizet’s Carmen. “Structurally speaking, we will a frame the opera as an exhibition about a fiction, a mythological narrative whose many intriguing parts will be deconstructed to be examined and contemplated as real objects and as illusions,” Cardenas said on the HERE website. “This Theater Opera will show the real and the imagined, the found and the reconstructed, with objects, sets, actors, props, texts, diagrams, projections and research references, to offer a multifaceted experience, that is akin in fact to the way we go about the world—absorbing and learning through casual incidental and focused observation, through conscious research, through the opinions of others, through jogged memory, through accepting and rejecting received information and developed prejudices and through imaginative reinterpretation and non-sequential dreaming.”

Cardenas has worked in England, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States. She received the Princess Grace Theater Fellowship in 2007 and was a recipient of the TCG/ NEA 2009/2011 Career Development Program for Directors. She received a Phil Killian Directing Fellowship from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2008, and from 2008 through 2010 she was a member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab.

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