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

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: Jey Johnson

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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

Approximately 22 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

Jey Johnson

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Jey Johnson

Jey Johnson

Jey Johnson (Gypsy) is a weaver, scholar, and performing artist who lives in a dry cabin she built in the woods. She would like to thank all her ladies: Anna, Jenny, Rhi, Katie, and Dass for always being such strong amazing beautiful friends, and her fiance Raif for all his love and support. She was last seen in in FST’s “Camino Real” and Theatre UAF’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” She loves bringing movement to the stage, and has worked as a choreographer for Theatre UAF’s “No Exit” and “Oleanna.” She is honored to be able to work with Anatoly on his last show at Theatre UAF.

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Anna Gagne-Hawes (Gypsy) is a senior at UAF, double-majoring in Theatre and History. Previous roles include Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project), Guildenstern (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), Sylvia (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Estelle (No Exit), and Carol (Oleanna). She thanks her non-nuclear family for all the food and love as well as the staff and faculty at UAF for all their love, support and guidance in the past six years. Look for her on the roads, biking with her dog, Sabine.

Rachel Blackwell

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Rachel Blackwell

Rachel Blackwell

Rachel Blackwell (Gypsy) is a Theatre UAF graduate. She is currently an MBA student at UAF, recently returned from graduate acting studies in NYC. Rachel works full-time at Frist National Bank and spends all of her free time in the theatre.  She was last seen in the “Vagina Monologues”.