December 1-10, 2006

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ArtSpot Productions celebrated its Tenth Anniversary with Artistic Ancestry, an international festival of contemporary theater featuring some of the finest and most influential living practitioners of the bold, physically-based style of theater that ArtSpot practices. Often called Third Theater and rarely seen in America, this style tends to be non-linear and often requires from the performer a commitment to a long-term rehearsal/creative process and intense physical training in the formation of new works.

In addition to restagings of past ArtSpot productions, the festival included first-ever New Orleans appearances by Denmark's Odin Teatret ("Salt"), Wales' Jill Greenhalgh ("Water[war]s"), and the North American Cultural Laboratory / Cleveland Public Theatre / Number Eleven Theatre collaboration "The Confessions of Punch & Judy" (US/Canada).

We were also delighted to present:

  • Serbia's Dah Teatar, in their first performances in New Orleans since 2002, with Dancing With Darkness and the American premiere of their brand new work, The Story of Tea, inspired by Chekhov's "Three Sisters"
  • The New Orleans premiere of Stanley (2006), created by Lisa D'Amour, the writer and director of Nita & Zita
  • and more, including work demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops led by Odin, Dah, NACL, Ker Wells, and Michael Rohd, and the tenth and final manifestation of Water[war]s.

Odin Teatret guest artist master classes and demonstrations at Tulane University were co-sponsored by the Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance.

Click here to download a full-color brochure including the complete schedule and descriptions of each event. For more information, please email us at or call (504) 826-7783.

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA
(504) 528-3800

Artistic Ancestry was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) and the NEA; by a grant from the LDOA, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans; by a grant from the Acadiana Arts Councilís Project Heal program; by Alternate ROOTS through a grant from the NEA; and by A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University. Dah Teatarís participation was made possible by grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the NEA in partnership with the Southern Arts Federation and the LDOA, and by the generous support of the Hon. Gregory R. Rusovich, Honorary Consul General of Serbia to the State of Louisiana and Mrs. Suzanne Rusovich. Odin Teatret guest artist master classes and demonstrations at Tulane University were co-sponsored by the Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance. Additional support for Odin Teatretís Roberta Carreri provided under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Houston and the Italian Institute of Culture of Los Angeles, through arrangement with the Honorary Consulate in New Orleans, Arnaldo Partesotti. Essential in-kind support has been provided by The Bourbon Orleans, a Wyndham Historic Hotel; Whole Foods Market; Crescent Sound & Light; Propaganda Group; Damian's Catering & Deli; Abita Beer; and by Fox Print Direct.