ADRI hosts director, public performance specialist to work with theatre students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This fall, the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will host Marike Splint, assistant professor in the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, for a weeklong residency, Oct. 1-5, to work with Penn State students and produce several public events.

During the residency, Splint will provide a dialogue on her work and discuss some of the questions that emerge when producing outside of designated performance venues. She will work with students in the School of Theatre to explore the territorial nature of playground games from the United States and other parts of the world and address visible and less visible acts of bordering that permeate our daily lives.

Mid-week, Splint will offer a public workshop prompting participants to consider how they relate to strangers on the streets and what they can imagine about their lives. She will end the week with "On the Other Side," a performance-in-progress representing the culmination of her work with Penn State students.

Below are dates and times for Splint’s programs. All are open to the public and will be held in the ADRI, 16 Borland Building, on the University Park campus. Please note that registration is required for the Wednesday, Oct. 3 workshop.

—"Outside the Box: Exploring Public Space and Identity Through Site-Responsive Performance" (dialogue)— Tuesday, Oct. 2, Noon-1 p.m.

—"Interactive Exploration of “Among Us”: A Place-Based Audio/Theater Experience (workshop) — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration is required:

—"'On the Other Side': A Performance in Progress" (event) — Friday, Oct. 5, 4-5:30 p.m.

Splint is a Dutch director specializing in performance in public space that explores the relationship among people, places and identity. She has created shows in sites ranging from moving taxicabs to wide open meadows, train stations and hotel rooms. Her work has been presented by festivals and theaters around the world, including Urbane Kuenste Ruhr (Germany), Oerol Festival (The Netherlands), GeoAIR (Tbilisi, Georgia), Anciens Abattoirs de Casablanca (Morocco), La Jolla Playhouse and the Los Angeles Exchange Festival (U.S.). She was also the curator of the 2014 edition of the Winters Binnen Festival in Amsterdam. Recent collaborations include an audio play for Trucks Track Ruhr with Rimini Protokoll, and research and text for the smartphone app "Remember the Good Times" with TG Space.

Splint received her bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and her master of fine arts degree in directing from Columbia University. Among other awards, she is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Hellman Fellowship, and a Columbia University Merit Fellowship.

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Last Updated September 04, 2018