Speakers Series : Gideon Lester

December 3, 2012 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CCS Bard, Seminar Room 1

“Disrupt your own technology every day”

The performing arts are in a state of flux, and the apparent boundaries of dance, performance, theater and visual arts are undergoing a profound realignment.  How are artists, curators and institutions responding to recent shifts in modes of production?  Gideon Lester will discuss current challenges and opportunities in the context of past and future projects from Crossing the Line, the festival he co-curates in New York City.  He will also outline his vision for the Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard, the College’s new commissioning and residency program for the performing arts.

Gideon Lester has recently been appointed Director of Theater Programs at Bard College, where he curates Theater and Dance for the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, chairs the undergraduate Theater and Performance Program, and directs Live Arts Bard, the College’s new Residency and Commissioning Program.  He is the co-curator of Crossing the Line, a cross-disciplinary international arts festival in New York City. From 1997 to 2009 he worked at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as Acting Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Resident Dramaturg. During that time he also chaired Harvard University’s MFA program in dramaturgy at the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, and taught at Harvard College. From 2009 to 2011 he taught at Columbia University’s School of the Arts where he founded and directed the Arts Collaboration Lab, in association with Performance Space 122. Lester received his B.A. degree from Oxford University and completed his graduate training in dramaturgy at Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar. His translations for the stage include plays by Marivaux, Büchner, and Brecht, and his stage adaptations include Kafka’s /Amerika/ and Wim Wenders’ /Wings of Desire/.

About The Speakers Series:  Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.


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