Photo credit: Bossi

Photo credit: Bossi

 

“’The Elephant In The Room’ adds a healthy scoop of dark philosophy to the typically light fare of clowning."

 - D.C. Theatre Scene

“Gwirtz and Baumann have great energy, a quirky sense of humor, and are powerful physical comedians.”

 - D.C. Metro Theater Arts

New workshops in November 2017!

Space is very limited, sign up now...

About Us

RBP began in 1998 in San Francisco as an experimental collaboration between dancer Jennifer Gwirtz and solo artist John Baumann. Described by Nicole Gluckstern of the SF Bay Guardian as creating a “quirkily cerebral brand of performance art,” Gwirtz and Baumann assembled like-minded artists to create full length works for the stage, site specific and alternative venues that speak fluent performance art in the style of circus, with the occasional ballet reference and enthusiastic nods towards traditional western theater forms. Now a culturally risk-taking ensemble of dancers, theater artists and musicians, they blend their disciplines to explore humanity and existence by way of metaphor.

Right Brain Performancelab has performed at ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, NOHspace, Dance Mission, The Jewish Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, in private homes and site-specific locations.  


Active Repertoire

Past Works:

  • 2015, 2016 - "The Elephant In The Room"
  • 2014, 2013 - "What Stays"
  • 2012 - "Gravity (and other large things.)"
  • 2010 - "The Elephant In The Room" (work-in-progress)
  • 2006 – “Objects In Mirror Are Stranger Than Fiction”
  • 2005 – “State Of The Union/Anonymous Sources”
  • 2002 – “Tempest In A Teapot", "The Bank Tour"
  • 2001 – “Drifter”
  • 1999 – “First Story,” “CAN”

Small Scale/Alternative Site

  • 2011 – “Spies”
  • 2003 – “The New World Ergonomy”
  • 2002 – “The Bank Tour”

Marvelous people

without whom none of this would be possible...

Deborah Stearns & Eryq
Sarah Davies
Jo Gray
Bob and Sarah Freedman
Loren R. Robertson
Todd Claybaugh
Lisa Claybaugh
Akiva Potok
Stephen Snyder
Dave Rodgers
Jennifer A. Minore
John Hayes
Ken Paul Rosenthal
David McKay
Lois and Richard E. Gwirtz
David Hirata
Lisa Phipps
Jerre Dye
Deb Walker
Ronnie Oliver
Melinda Baumann
Jordan Otis
Gloria BoehmYu
Edward & Tomoko Schocker

Many thanks to Coastal Repertory Theater for their assistance with our 2016 video shoot. 

 

 

Shows

 

The Elephant In The Room

A transcendent and exuberant romp wherein a large pachyderm-like entity invisibly inhabits the stage, intriguing and confounding a cast of clowns who dance, cavort and sing their efforts to define it, themselves and their world. This full length piece features silliness and sadness in equal measure, dance, musical numbers and physical theater with original music by composer Dave Rodgers and lighting design by Allen Willner. 

This energetic high-spirited evening is fully involving for adults and also excellent for family audiences. 

A bit about our past productions:

"The Elephant In The Room" (2010, 2015, 2016)

EITR has become RBP's signature work, first created as a vehicle for four performer-collaborators, then re-explored as a co-production with San Francisco International Arts Festival, and finally as a film with Loren Robertson of Loren Robertson Productions. In 2016, Jennifer Gwirtz and John Baumann toured a version for two performers to Capital Fringe in Washington, DC. 

 

"What Stays" (2013, 2014)

An epic, multiseason poetic exploration of "home." 
The first three shows took place in homes throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Half Moon Bay, featuring ten collaborating artists. The final event took over the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center as a co-production with SADC. 

 

"Gravity (and other large things.)" (2012)

A full-length evening movement-theater event about the force that holds everything together.

"The Elephant In The Room"

A film in three parts.

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"Showtime In America"

A traveling performer ruminates about alienation and disorientation.

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More coming soon!

Core Company

Collaborators

Associate artists and Past collaborators

Bob Marsh

Natalie Marsh

Jennifer A. Minore

Patrick Simms

JoAnn Selisker

Bob Webb

backstage & consulting artists

Lighting Design: Allen Willner

Videography: Loren Robertson Productions

Costume Design: Lisa Claybaugh

Directorial Consultant: Christopher White

Stage Management: Bob Webb

Sound Engineer: Patrick Simms

Photography: Steven Gelberg, Kegan Marling, Lance Huntley

Masks: Masque Arrayed/Annie Hallatt

movement explorations

Elemental Exploratory Movement Practice: Water Body/Air Body

Investigate the elemental energies of the body in these twinned workshops that include a guided visualization warm-up followed by a feedback circle, somatic experimentations and improvisations. The method uses imagery and observation to explore sensation, precision, attention, presence, curiosity and discovery.

HOSTED BY THE TINY THEATER PDX
a home theater and movement studio located in Portland's South Tabor neighborhood, address available upon registration

Thursday, November 9, 7-9pm
Thursday, November 16, 7-9pm

Suggested donation: $10-$25 per class

Workshop 1: Water Body (November 9)

Dive into the body’s fluid states. We will explore the liquid life within us in many of its forms - from the placidity of the still lake and the deep internal flow within the bodies of sea creatures, to the power of the sea’s undertow. 

Workshop 2: Air Body (November 16)

In this workshop we will move and be moved by air as we explore possibilities for breath and wind in internal and external spaces, as well as consciousness and “emptiness.” 

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This method is an enjoyable, beautifully low-impact, but fully four-dimensional practice, a daily movement session for all ages. The class begins seated, then moves to the floor, progressing through all possible spinal motions: arch, curl, lateral bends, undulations and spirals to relax and massage the organs, create space in the joints, shape and strength in the muscles, ending with a full-body sense of length, resilience and calm. Originally created by Juliu Horvath, there are sixty and ninety-minute formats to this class. -Taught by Jennifer Gwirtz

Fieldwork Work Groups

The Field is a peer-to-peer forum for artists to share developing works and exchange feedback. The Fieldwork method reveals how each piece is perceived by others and fosters a detailed information exchange. Incisive and stimulating critiques are guided by an experienced facilitator. Fieldwork work groups meet for between four and ten weeks, ending with an informal showing.