OUR MISSION

In a world of accelerated globalization, where one city's main commercial street looks exactly like another's 'grand rue', where slums and gated communities are flourishing uniformly across the hemispheres, and where local cultural colors are slowly fading away to the benefit of worldwide corporations, the mars2bklyn / bklyn2mars platform aims to highlight artists from two cities that are divided by an ocean and a sea, and yet whose colors, as soon as you step away from their 'main street', are forming together a camaïeu of vibrant tones that look nothing like a logo. We are after bright blues, old yellows, greys and greens and all the shades in between.

                                                                                   ---Bertie Ferdman | Claire Hallereau | Erika Latta

CLAIRE HALLEREAU (co-Curator / Producer) was born and raised in France, where she earned a degree in Business and International Marketing. She moved to New York in 1999, joined Marianne Weems and The builders Association in 2002 as their company manager, toured with ALLADEEN, produced and managed SUPER VISION's tour, and produced CONTINUOUS CITY's development and tour.

She moved to Marseille, France in early 2009, where she started collaborating with renowned French stage director/writer/set designer Hubert Colas and his company Diphtong Cie. For him, she produced LE LIVRE D'OR DE JAN (IAN'S GUESTBOOK), a large-scale production which premiered at the Festival d'Avignon in July 2009.

More recently, she has been accompanying a French collective, Ildi! Eldi, and presented their first creation VICE VERSA at the Under the Radar Festival 2011. She is currently producing a Triptych by three leading European companies of contemporary circus: Cahin-caha in Marseille, Cirkus Cirkör in Stockholm and Cirk La Putyka in Prague.

 In 2011, she accompanied French collective Ildi! Eldi  to the Under the Radar Festival in New York, with a production called VICE VERSA. She just produced the creation of ROSE, by French contemporary circus company Cahin-Caha, which just premiered in MarseilleProvence2013 to a sold-out run, and critical and audience acclaim. She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher.

ERIKA LATTA (co-Curator / Producer) is originally from the Northwest where she was raised on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, Washington. She holds a BFA in Theater at the University of Washington and a MFA in Acting from Columbia University. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY for the last fifteen years where she has created new innovative work in traditional and non-traditional space, creating long lasting International collaborations in Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Germany, and among others. 

She is the artistic co-director and founding member of WaxFactory, with whom she has continuously worked as an actor, director, writer, choreographer, and teacher in international venues and festivals such as the ICA/Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK), The Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austria), OLTRE90 (Milan, Italy), FIT/ Festival Internacional de Teatro (Caracas, Venezuela), MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnia), the Exodos Festival and Cankarjev Dom Center for The Performing Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and SummerSzene in Salzburg, Austria. In New York she has performed at La Mama, HERE, PS122, NYTW, Lincoln Center, Soho Rep, Old American Can Factory, En Garde Arts, Ohio, The Culture Project, and the Act French Festival. She has been a participant at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center (4 years) as an Actor and Photographer.

She is a guest Associate Director of Begat Theatre (Marseille, France), with whom she was the director / sound designer for HIDDEN STORIES; LES DEMEURÉES; as well as LE JARDIN AVEUGLE, a site-specific work which won the first prize for the Concours de Projets Associatifs, Fondation Regards de Provence.  She is a member of the SACD -Society of Authors, France. Erika is a former fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, where she wrote DELIRIUM 27, which premiered at the Stara Elektrarna in Ljubljana, Slovenia and at the Abrons Art Center in New York as part of the WaxFactory retrospective.

She was awarded a Bogliasco Fellowship in the performing arts at the Liguria Center for the Arts and Humanities to write STRANGE JOY. She is a published photographer and still photographer for independent films. Recent film acting projects include WaxFactory's 416 MINUTES at the Japan Society, Concussion by Stacie Passon which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, Lily by Matt Creed at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. She was last seen in Punchdrunk's SLEEP NO MORE at the McKittrick Hotel in New York in the role of Hecate.  Erika Latta

BERTIE FERDMAN (co-Curator / Producer) was born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents. She is a theatre artist, curator, and performance scholar who has lived in Brooklyn for the last twelve years. She holds a BA in Theater from Yale University, an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and a PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Bertie’s research specialty is on site-specific theatre and urban performance practices.

Bertie initiated and co-curated the first International Site-Specific Symposium in the US at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in 2006, with such panelists as Meredith Monk, Philip Bither, Stephen Koplowitz, Elise Bernhardt, and Charles Mee. Site-Specfic Performance Symposiym 2009, which she curated alongside Gülgün Kayim and Frank Hentschker, titled Space, Theatrical Intervention, & Innovation, brought to CUNY Paul Chan, Christopher McElroen, John Malpede, Melanie Joseph, Mark Russell, and Lois Keidan, among others.

She has curated such international events and exchanges as the US premiere of Rodrigo Garcia’s Accidens; “Nouveau Cirque” with Aurelien Bory/Cie 111 and Phil Soltanoff; “Staging Presence” with Marianne Weems and Nick Kaye; and “Urban Performance” with Maud Le Floc’h. For over five years,

Bertie was Artistic co-Director of Ex.Pgirl, a physical theatre company with whom she created ABLUTION, WAVING HELLO, 10 Plates, and PARIS SYNDROME, which was commissioned by HERE Arts Center. She was a Chateaubriand Fellow (2003), a fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics under the guidance of David Harvey (2010), and a fellow at the Mellon School of Performance Research at Harvard University (2011). 

She is Assistant Professor in the department of Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts at Borough Manhattan Community College, CUNY. Her articles and reviews have appeared in PAJ: Journal of Performance and ArtTheatre JournalWestern European Stages, Performance Reserach, Theatre Survey, and Theater (forthcoming May 2013). Bertie Ferdman

IVAN TALIJANCIC (Creative Producer) is a writer, director, designer, choreographer, filmmaker, journalist, and performer. He is the founder and artistic co-director of WaxFactory, which has established itself as one of the most internationally active multidisciplinary groups to emerge from the New York downtown scene, creating new performance and film/video works featuring an innovative blend of physical performance, audiovisual/architectural/fashion design and an integrated use of new media and technology and performing at leading venues around the world, including the ICA/Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austria), OLTRE90 (Milan, Italy), FIT/Festival Internacional de Teatro (Caracas, Venezuela), MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnia), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Zürcher Theaterspektakel and La Batie – festival de Geneve (Switzerland), among others.

Directing highlights for the company include: Sarah Kane’s CLEANSED; and …SHE SAID (based on Marguerite Duras) both of which premiered in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as well as WILD ANIMUS, a multimedia spectacle commissioned by Too Far (San Francisco, CA) which toured to over 50 cities in Europe, US, Canada and Australia in 2006 and 2007. Original productions he created with WaxFactory were featured in Ballet-Tanz International performing arts journal (Berlin, Germany) Worldwide Critics Surveys: in 2000 for LADYFROMTHESEA as “the most innovative production of the year” and in 2007 for X: A VIDEO OPERA as “the most important multidisciplinary collaboration of the year”.
 
While pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York City, Ivan has assisted with Robert Wilson and Julie Taymor. He has taught and been artist-in-residence at several institutions in the United States and abroad including NYU, Brown University, Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Fundateneo (Venezuela), Columbia University/Barnard College, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and HERE. He was a recipient of a year-long Performing Arts Fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, where he developed 39 FRAMES, subsequently presented as a highly innovative performance event, unfolding simultaneously on the Internet, television and in the public realm over a two-week period and in more than 30 locations throughout the city of Salzburg, Austria, commissioned by SommerSzene festival in 2006.
Recently, Ivan staged X, an original contemporary video-opera co-created with the composer Katharina Rosenberger, which premiered at Zürcher Theaterspektakel (Zurich, Switzerland) and BLIND.NESS at the Performance Space 122 in New York. His current project, slated for completing in 2014, is a cross-platform project 416 MINUTES, which is being simultaneously developed as a feature film and a live theatrical performance/installation. In 2013-2015, he will be in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Ivan Talijancic

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CLAIRE HALLEREAU est née en France, où elle a obtenu un diplôme d'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce avec spécialisation dans le marketing culturel. Elle s'installe à New York en 1999, et rejoint en 2002 Marianne Weems et The Builders Association, compagnie de théâtre multimedia expérimental au rayonnement international. Elle devient rapidement 'managing producer' et cumule les fonctions d'administratrice, chargée de production, de diffusion, et de communication. Elle tourne sur 4 continents avec ALLADEEN, organise la tournée mondiale de SUPER VISION, et finalement produit et diffuse CONTINUOUS CITY. Elle s'installe à Marseille début 2009, et devient l'administratrice de la compagnie d'Hubert Colas, Diphtong Cie. Elle produit pour lui LE LIVRE D'OR DE JAN, qui sera créé au Festival d'Avignon 2009. En 2011, elle accompagne la première création du collectif Ildi!Eldi, VICE VERSA, au Festival Under The Radar de New York. En 2012, elle produit ROSE pour Gulko et sa compagnie, Cahin-caha, et coordonne la création du Triptyque Lacrimae : trois spectacles sur un thème commun par trois compagnies majeures du cirque contemporain : Cahin-caha à Marseille, Cirkus Cirkör à Stockholm et Cirk La Putyka à Prague. Le Tryptique sera créé en janvier 2013 dans le cadre du 'Temps Fort Cirque' de MarseilleProvence2013. Claire est aussi professeur de Kundalini Yoga.

ERIKA LATTA grandit dans la Réserve Indienne de Lummi, non loin de Bellingham, Washington dans le Nord Ouest des Etats-Unis. Elle obtient un BFA en théâtre de l'University de Washington et un MFA de comédienne à Columbia University. Elle vit à New York depuis 15 ans et y a développé un travail innovant dans des lieux de diffusion traditionnels ou espaces libres, tout en développant des collaborations internationales durables en Europe de l'Est, France, Italie, Allemagne et Espagne entre autres. Elle est co-fondatrice et co-directeur artistique de WaxFactory, compagnie avec laquelle elle travaille en tant que comédienne, metteur en scène, écrivain, chorégraphe, et formatrice pour des théâtres et festivals internationaux, tels que ICA/Institute of Contemporary Art (Londres, UK), The Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbonne, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austriche), OLTRE90 (Milan, Italie), FIT/ Festival Internacional de Teatro (Caracas, Venezuela), MESS (Sarajevo, Bosnie), le Exodos Festival et Cankarjev Dom Center for The Performing Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenie), et SummerSzene (Salzburg, Austriche). A New York elle a joué à LaMama, HERE, PS122, NYTW, Lincoln Center, Soho Rep, Old American Can Factory, En Garde Arts, Ohio, The Culture Project, et le Act French Festival. Elle participe au Watermill Center de Robert Wilson depuis 4 ans. Elle est metteur en scène invitée de Begat Theatre (Marseille, France), compagnie pour laquelle elle à mis en scène et sonorisé HISTOIRES CACHEES; LES DEMEURÉES; et LE JARDIN AVEUGLE, une création en espace libre qui a reçu le premier prix du Concours de Projets Associatifs, Fondation Regards de Provence. Erika a été lauréate de la Solitude residency à l'Akademie Schloss Stuttgart, en Allemagne ; elle y a écrit DELIRIUM 27, qui a été créé à la Stara Elektrarna à Ljubljana, Slovenie avec une distribution internationale (Croatie, Slovenie, Suède, Italie et les Etats-Unis), et a joué au Abrons Art Center à New York lors de la rétrospective consacrée à WaxFactory en 2010. Elle a reçu une bourse du Liguria Center for the Arts and Humanities pour écrire STRANGE JOY. Ses projets récents incluent 416 MINUTES à la Japan Society, New York, et un rôle dans SLEEP NO MORE.

BERTIE FERDMAN a grandit à Puerto Rico de parents argentins. Elle est artiste de théâtre, programmatrice, et théoricienne des arts de la scène, et vit à Brooklyn depuis 12 ans. Elle détient un BA en Theatre de Yale University, un MA en Etudes du Spectacle Vivant de NYU, et un doctorat du Graduate Center, CUNY. Bertie concentre sa recherche sur le théâtre en espace libre (site-specific theater) et la performance urbaine. Elle a initié et dirigé le premier symposium américain sur le théâtre en espace libre au Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (NY) en 2006, avec des intervenants allant de Meredith Monk à Charles Mee. La deuxième édition du symposium en 2009, intitulée Space, Theatrical Intervention, & Innovation, a rassemblé Paul Chan, Christopher McElroen, John Malpede, Melanie Joseph, Mark Russell, et Lois Keidan, parmi de nombreux autres. Elle a organisé la premiere à New York de Accidens de Rodrigo Garcia; “Nouveau Cirque” avec Aurelien Bory/Cie 111 et Phil Soltanoff; “Staging Presence” avec Marianne Weems et Nick Kaye; et “Urban Performance” avec Maud Le Floc’h. Durant 5 ans, Bertie a été la co-diretrice artistique de Ex.Pgirl, compagnie de théâtre physique avec laquelle elle a créé ABLUTION, WAVING HELLO, 10 PLATES, et PARIS SYNDROME (une commande du HERE Arts Center). Elle a notamment obtenu des bourses de recherche du Center for Place, Culture, and Politics sous la direction de David Harvey (2010), et de la Mellon School of Performance Research à Harvard University (2011). Elle enseigne au City College de New York. Ses articles ont été publiés dans le PAJ (Journal of Performance and Art), Theatre Journal, Western European Stages, et bientôt dans Theater (Yale University), revue pour laquelle elle a été invitée a rédiger un numéro spécial sur le théâtre en espace libre, à paraître en 2013.