Performance History

The Circular Heavens 1977-1979

"the circular heavens" 1977-79A kind of anarchic fantasy, "the circular heavens" begins with a videotape of a young man Mental patient talks about a physical disorder and ends with that person (now performing) Running an electric saw through a sheet of paper from a music stand.

A harmony prevails the cacophonous activities of dysfunction are redirected by the young man's vision of life a poem reveals the truth and hope in pain's humbling message: seek wholeness, compassion and simplicity.

There is a spiritual unity therein.

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Over the wall stories 1981

Over the wall stories 1981Rose's autobiographical solo is riveting in its intimacy. It is an account of a pilgrimage to Germany and Poland in 1978/9. These are the confessions of a young American-Jew searching for his "roots" and facing the calamities and consequences such a trip calls forth.

Peter Rose zeigt die Geschicte eines jungen Mannes der seine jüdisch-amerikanische Identität während seiner Reise nach Polen entdeckt- 10 Jahre nach seiner Bar Mizwah; die Wichtigkeit gerade dieses Rituals untersucht auf dieser Reise mit einem klareren Blick. Ausgangspunkt dieser Reise nach Warschau ist das Berlin von heute mit seinen Hausbesetzern der Realität der geteilten Stadt.

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Teddy and the Social Worker 1982-1983

Teddy and the Social Worker 1982-1983

Teddy and the Social Worker 1982-1983

Good Medicine and Company
Carlos Riccardo Martinez/Jeff Weiss
Dorothy Cantwell and John McGuire

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Berlin Zoo 1982-1983

Berlin Zoo 1982-1983Berlin Zoo 1982-1983On November 12th, 1989, the critically acclaimed Los Angeles run of Peter Rose's Berlin Zoo closed at The Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica. On the same week- End, across the Atlantic, the Iron Curtain opened in Berlin. Coincidentally, or perhaps Prophetically, part of Peter's fantasy in Berlin Zoo had become reality. In fact, maybe His play played a small part in the wall coming down, who knows. "What is now true was once only imagined," as William Blake wrote.

Debuting in New York in 1983 and playing around the country and in Europe since then, Berlin Zoo details the manic escapades and wild fantasies of a moody young American Jew In West Berlin in 1980. One of the wildest fantasies this Dostoyevskian underground man has, at least at that time, is the crumbling of The Berlin Wall and the unification of the city. This was of course, before the wall came down, surprising everyone.

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Loyaltown, USA! 1984

Loyaltown, USA! 1984Loyaltown, USA! 1984"Loyaltown, USA!" is a performance of monologues, movement and song which give childhood rites of passage the immediacy of feeling connected to ritual.

Autobiographisches Kindheitserinnerungen jetzt - teilweise durch die Augen des damals Neunjährigen: einen Basketball trainer wahrend eines Turniers zum Wahnsinn treiben, der Leistungshorror und der Druck, gleich zu sein in Ferienlagern, seine Lehrer in der jüdischen Schule, dann Theater....Theater? Business, Produzenten und Regisseure.

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Diamond Fever 1986

Diamond Fever 1986

Diamond Fever 1986

Performed

1984 The Parish Hall at St. Marks, NYC
1990 Edgemar / Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA

The L.A. Dialogues 1988-89

The L.A. Dialogues 1988-89The Dialogues introduce, embrace, fracture, animate and enhance true experiences in life.

Osterhage and Rose bring scintillating focus to the major issues of the day: Panic Centers For Mature Artists, A Par 3 Life, The Heimlich Maneuver for Emotional Choking, The Art Goddess Option, Demographic Dyslexia and more…

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Test Traveler / Polar Star 1999

Test Traveler / Polar Star 1999Test Traveler / Polar Star 1999test traveler/polar star is a collection of stories about first encounters, original experience and meeting oneself in unpredictable places. It is about creating the path of one’s life and struggling to negotiate the borders.

The landscape of test traveler/polar star is an expression of the joy of discovery and the physical and mental limitations of extreme situations. Some stories express the distortion of mental disorder; and others, the simplicity of recognition and health.

test traveler/polar star is about having a sense of humor under duress and believing that one always arrives at the right time.

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Cleansing the Senses 2004-2007

© photos by Karen Axelrad 2005

"Cleansing the Senses" is a performance for one actor. The performance is an attempt through movement, monologue and song to engage the actor's limitations and invite him to overcome himself. The performer's goal is a path to oneself and a means to open internal blocks that keep the creative sources from living with more intensity and richness. The audience experiences this process through the actor's presence.
The performance action is an attempt to confront the actor with his limitations in so doing challenge him to reveal his humanity and vulnerability, the light within.
The dramatic content is a fabric of movement, monologues, poetry and songs: Yiddish Song, American Spirituals and love songs. A Shakespeare sonnet, the invocation from "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz, a love poem by Bertolt Brecht, sections from "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot: plus Rose's monologues set in Berlin, Joshua Tree, Vilnius, Lithuania, Santa Monica and a popular Polish restaurant in NYC.
The actor explores the content as a means to direct this meditation inward, through the self and to the other. The performer's act is revealed through the thematic frame of: prayer, creation, love and forgiveness.

Present. Attentive. Still. "cleansing the senses," to live and create more fully.

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Review Grotowski Year

Grotowski

Awakening Pratice - Grotowski Year 2009

See our impressions of the Grotowski year 2009 in our colorful pdf-file.

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Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose, the artistic director of Practical Works, received the Shining Star award as one of the pioneering founders of Performance Space 122, at its thirtieth anniversary celebration in New York City in 2011.

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