My Voice: Creating Original Theatre Inspired by Personal Experiences and Fueled by Societal Issues
Margarita Blush creates original visual theatre that explores important contemporary issues and draws inspiration from her own experiences. In her talk, Margarita will trace the journey of her artistic process through sharing with the audience the evolution of her work in the last twenty years and focusing in particular on her last two productions: Unfolding and The Rule of the World.
Join us on Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96930512171
She is the Artistic Director of Margarita Blush Productions, an ensemble-based company that creates and performs original work. Blush’s latest production, Unfolding (2015), has been performed at festivals and venues in the US (including the 2017 National Puppetry Festival), Bulgaria, and Turkey (funded by The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation US Artists International Program). In spring 2019 the show was performed at The Tank in New York City to great critical and audience acclaim. In summer 2019, as a recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Individual Fellowship, Blush traveled to Japan for eight weeks to study traditional Japanese theatre forms.
Blush works as a director, performer, and teacher in the field of devised theatre. Her work blends live acting, puppetry, movement, conceptual design, and original live music to produce imaginative and thought-provoking theatre experiences for the audience. Her work challenges traditional, institutionalized, and commercial theatre creation while engaging audiences with content that examines contemporary social and cultural values.
While a Grant Wood Fellow, Blush is developing a new show, The Rule of the World, set to premiere during the UI Department of Theatre Arts 2021–2022 season.