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Nicole Birmann Bloom's Top Five Performances Winter / Spring

This week Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer for Theater and Dance, Arts Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, highlights five of her favorite performances in New York from the past 18 months.

Each of these productions showed a deep appreciation for the human condition and their superb acting transported me.

Samuel Beckett's Fragments, directed by Peter Brook with Kathryn Hunter, Jos Houben, and Marcello Magni at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY (2012-13)

I have never seen an audience so captivated as the one attending Fragments with its extraordinary actors. Our egos and pretensions, our worries and fear were set aside.  We laughed at our own misery.

Eugene O'Neill's Early Plays, directed by Richard Maxwell with The Wooster Group and NY City Players at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY (2012)

I liked Maxwell’s direction for its details.  There were never too many, but there was never one missing.  I liked the clarity and rhythm of every word. I liked the presence of the sea and the mist that were intertwined with the emotions of the characters.  I could touch and feel them.  They were tactile.

Will Eno's Title and Deed, directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett featuring Conor Lovett of Gare St. Lazare Players at Signature Theater Company, New York, NY (2012)

Title and Deed with Conor Lovett was spellbinding.


Christian Rizzo's Sakinan göze çop Batar (C'est l'oeil que tu protèges qui sera perforé) interpreted by Kerem Gelebek with lighting by Caty Olive at the Centre de développement chorégraphique, Toulouse, FR

Sakinan depicted loneliness and exile with great humility and simplicity.

David Wampach's SACRE with Tamar Shelef at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY (2013)

This surreal composition had a primitive touch that troubled me.

Many other saw these works, I am curious to know what some of you may have seen in them.

Nicole Birmann-Bloom is the Dance and Theater Program Officer at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York where she has developed and promoted workshops, festivals, and special projects with French artists, and has managed key French-American programs dedicated to support of performing dance and theater artists since 1999.  Trained as a dancer in France and the U.S. (New York), Nicole became a dance instructor, and then, worked abroad for a decade in the public and private sectors. She returned to New York and joined the Cultural Services in 1995.