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In the news: NBC TV story follow-up

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

KTVF, Fairbanks Alaska's NBC affiliate did a follow-up news story on the production Caligari: Alaska, director Anatoly Antohin, focusing on some of the performers in the show (featuring interviews with Rachel Blackwell and Jey Johnson).

Approximately 2 minutes

Video interview: Anna Gagne-Hawes

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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Actress / Choreographer Anna Gagne-Hawes talks about her work in Caligari: Alaska

Approximately 15.5 minutes

Video interview: Rachel Blackwell

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Actress / choreographer Rachel Blackwell discusses her involvement with the production Caligari: Alaska

17.5 minutes

Video interview: Sergio Santana

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Actor Sergio Santana (Caligari) talks about his experience with Caligari: Alaska being his first production!

Approximately 10 minutes

Video interview: Ramiro Rivera

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Actor Ramiro Rivera talks about his work in the production Caligari: Alaska

13 minutes

Video interview: Jey Johnson

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Actress / choreographer Jasmine "Jey" Johnson discusses her involvement in the production Caligari: Alaska.

Approximately 22 minutes

Video interview: Jenna Weisz

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Actress Jenna Weisz discusses her involvement with the production Caligari: Alaska.

7.25 minutes

Video interview: Tricia Bates

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Tricia Bates, an actress in Caligari: Alaska speaks about her experience working on this production.

19 minutes

A note from the assistant director and choreography team

Monday, June 1st, 2009

In the beginning, there was a silent movie. Today, a 70 minute physical drama stands before you. How did we get there?

We established early on that this process was going to be collaborative. In a typical rehearsal, Anatoly sketched out blocking and motivations, the actors worked together and with a choreographer or the A.D. to refine it. At the end of the night we presented our scene to the director for approval or rejection.

What a nervous moment, knowing that an hour or more of work could be swept aside with a word! We dealt with the loss of a favorite scene or moment in different ways: short sharp expletives, muttering, pleading, or another cup of coffee. It wasn’t all bad. We learned that the rejection of one concept can allow another to come foreword; that Anatoly giveth as oft en as he taketh away. In segments we developed, our actors found that ownership lends great strength to a production.

We are all grateful and honored to have been able to work so closely with such a brilliant mind on his last production. Thank you Anatoly, for giving us your trust and inspiration. As with any original project, the journey was frustrating at ti mes, but ultimately rewarding.

Choreography is a loose word. You may think of a ballerina or Fosse… We want you to know that choreography is everything from a lift ed hand, a gasp, a look toward the audience or a moment of stillness. This is storytelling through movement, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

-Brian, Rachel, Anna and Jey

Claire Wool

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Claire Wool

Claire Wool

Claire Wool (Celestia) is nearly finished with secondary school and is attending UAF full time this semester. You may have seen her as old Link Deas or Ichabod Crane in past FDA productions. In addition to acting, Claire enjoys eating sushi, singing aloud, spinning in circles, and daydreaming.