Residencies

Or Schraiber

7 – 22 Dec 2021

"The Cello Player"


"The Cello Player" is a dance-music piece excavating the complexity of ancient relationships: the tortured conception of friendship as a messy amalgam of love, hatred, insecurity, and neediness.

Informed by the French absurdism of the 1960s, each performer attempts to share their tales, the scarring curiosity of the unknown, and the haunting sensations that come as a consequence of their actions.

A piece by Or Schraiber in collaboration with Yiannis Logothetis & Coleman Itzkoff
Dramaturgy by Bobbi Jene Smith
Produced by Orsolina28 & AMOC

Biography


Or Schraiber is a dancer, choreographer, and actor. He danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 2010-2017. In 2017, moved to NYC to study acting at the Stella Adler Studio.

In 2019, he starred in and choreographed films such as Boaz Yakin’s AVIVA, Terrence Malick’s ‘The Way of the Wind’, and others. Later that year he joined the Broadway production - The Band’s Visit. In 2020, he collaborated with his partner, Bobbi Jene Smith, on a few projects, including 5 dance films commissioned by CORPUS of the Royal Danish Ballet, and a live dance piece - Solo At Dusk, commissioned by the Los Angeles Dance Project. In 2021 Joined forces once again with Bobbi and created ‘Gallop Apace’ - a short dance film. Throughout the years, Or has appeared in numerous music videos, commercials, live productions, and short films, as well as directed various award-winning short films. Or is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC).

ARTISTS

  • Or Schraiber

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    Or Schraiber is a dancer, choreographer, and actor. He danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 2010-2017. In 2017, moved to NYC to study acting at the Stella Adler Studio.

    In 2019, he starred in and choreographed films such as Boaz Yakin’s AVIVA, Terrence Malick’s ‘The Way of the Wind’, and others. Later that year he joined the Broadway production - The Band’s Visit. In 2020, he collaborated with his partner, Bobbi Jene Smith, on a few projects, including 5 dance films commissioned by CORPUS of the Royal Danish Ballet, and a live dance piece - Solo At Dusk, commissioned by the Los Angeles Dance Project. In 2021 Joined forces once again with Bobbi and created ‘Gallop Apace’ - a short dance film. Throughout the years, Or has appeared in numerous music videos, commercials, live productions, and short films, as well as directed various award-winning short films. Or is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC).

  • Yiannis Logothetis

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    Yiannis Logothetis is a dancer-choreographer. Born in Seattle, Washington, raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, and currently based in New York City. Yiannis received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance after his studies at Marymount Manhattan College while receiving the “Gold Key” award for choreographic recognition. Following his degree, he joined Punchdrunk’s award-winning production - Sleep No More.

    His artistic collaborations include artists such as Bobbi Jene Smith, Crystal Pite, Andrea Miller, Daria Fain, Bonnie Cohen, Zack Winokur, Yang Zhen, Boaz Yakin, and Elton John.

  • Coleman Itzkoff

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    Coleman Itzkoff is a cellist and performer currently based in New York City. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker for his “flawless technique and keen musicality,” Coleman enjoys a diverse musical life, playing classical, contemporary, and baroque cello interchangeably, in addition to arranging and improvising music. Recent highlights include performances with the Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, as well as the release of the film and soundtrack for the Amazon Original The Mad Women’s Ball, for which he was the sole arranger and cellist.

    A true interdisciplinary artist of the 21st century, Coleman has been featured in several projects as not only a musical artist, but as an actor and dancer as well. He is a founding member of AMOC, the American Modern Opera Company. Coleman holds a Bachelors in Music from Rice University, a Master in Music from USC, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

  • Bobbi Jene Smith

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    Bobbi Jene Smith is a director, choreographer, and dancer, who makes work for both live theater and film. She danced for the Batsheva Company from 2005-2014. Since then she has choreographed original work for the Royal Danish Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Los Angeles Dance Project, VAIL Dance Festival, CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, the Batsheva Dance Company, and others. Her dance and music-theater works have been presented and supported by the American Repertory Theater, PS 122, La Mama, ODC Theater, Stanford Live, Carolina Performing Arts, Kaufman Hall - 92Y, Luminato, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and others. Additionally, she has starred in or choreographed films including Elvira Lind's Bobbi Jene, Georgia Parris's Mari, and Alex Garland's Annihilation. She has directed her own dance films including Broken Theater and Gallop Apace.

    Smith is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Royal Winnipeg School. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC). In 2019 she was awarded The Harkness Promise Award and was The Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center. She is currently a resident artist at LaMama Experimental Theater. She is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School and has taught at NYU and UArts.

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