Throes theater is a Brooklyn-based company dedicated to the marriage of contemporary music and theater.
Alexandra Zelman-Doring is a recent winner of the 2013 Financial Times/Bodley Head essay prize. She is the 2008 first-prize winner of the Glascock Poetry Prize which boasts Sylvia Plath and James Merrill among its past winners. The writer studied at Brown University, Wadham College, Oxford, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University. Her poems/texts have been set to music by composers such as Andile Khumalo and Jiří Kadeřábek, and she collaborated with composer David Adamcyk to produce ‘Cheval mémoire,’ 2011, for solo piano, electronics, and sound installation. She is the author of numerous plays including “Light in the Dust” (Brown University 2008), “To Hold an Apple” (59E59th Street’s East to Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011) and “Act Before You Speak,” (Flea Theater, 2012). She trained at Michael Howard studios with master teacher Polina Klimovitskaya.
Jeffrey Landman is a co-founder of Throes Theater. Born in England, he graduated from Brown University with a degree in Architecture and English. His architectural and sculptural work has been featured in group shows at the Rhode Island School of Design, Winchester College and Brown University. After completing his Moon-Hammock, a large-scale public installation along the Providence shore-line, he was invited to participate in the RISD Architecture thesis show. His poems and theoretical writings have been published in a number of journals and in two limited edition artist’s books, The Counterfeiter and Dolmen. While at Brown he edited The Round, a quarterly journal of contemporary literature in conversation with the past. He has been awarded grants from the Brown Creative Arts Council and the Narragansett Bay Committee. He currently lives and works between Rhode Island and New York where he has completed several private architectural and sculptural commissions. His first solo show recently opened at Tracy Williams Ltd. http://jeff-landman.com
Marie Godeau is a co-founder of Throes Theater. Born in Paris, since 2007, Marie studies acting at Michael Howard studios with Moscow art theater veteran Polina Klimovitskaya. She was a member of “Terra Incognita” Theater company before joining “Throes.” Recently she appeared in the short film “Sincerely” directed by Richard Vallejos, and played the role of Emile Zola in“To Hold an Apple” at 59 East 59th’s East to Edinburgh festival, before performing for a month at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has translated numerous plays and poems into French, including “To Hold an Apple” and “Act Before You Speak.”
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Mahir Cetiz was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1977. He received his undergraduate degree in music performance in 1998 from Ankara State Conservatory, where he studied cello, piano and composition. Following his undergraduate studies, Cetiz earned his master’s degree in composition from the University of Memphis (U.S.A.) and in conducting from Hacettepe University (Turkey). In the year 2000, he won a scholarship from British Council, which enabled him to continue his studies with Anthony Gilbert, at “Royal Northern College of Music”. After two years of study in Manchester, he went back to Turkey, and taught composition and music theory courses in Bilkent University. Cetiz has been living in New York City since 2006. He gained his D.M.A. in Composition from Columbia University, where he studied with Fabien Lévy, Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl. His compositional discourse mainly consists of pieces for acoustic ensemble of different sizes, as well as solo instrumental pieces. As an active conductor and pianist, Cetiz is continuously engaged with the performance of new music. In the past, his compositions received performances by such ensembles as: International Contemporary Ensemble, SO Percussion, YARN/WIRE, Ensemble Intercontemporain, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Zurich-Tonhalle Orchestra. Cetiz is currently teaching at Columbia University.
Jiří Kadeřábek was born on April 14, 1978 in Zlín, Czech Republic into a musical family. He played, sung and later even composed jazz, rock and pop music as well as created literary and visual works. During his study at the Business High School in Zlín he attended private lessons of composition, led his own jazz trio, and with the help of friends realized his scripts, so that a couple of performances and short films were made.
Then he studied composition, piano and singing at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague, Czech Rep. (2002, Dipl.Spec.) and exclusively composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Rep. (2006, MgA.), Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands (2009, Erasmus study) and Columbia University in New York City (2010, Fulbright Visitor). He has attended several composition workshops, residencies and private lessons in the Czech Republic, Netherlands, France, Italy and USA.
He received prizes in the Shipley Arts Festival Composition Competition (2010), Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition (2010), Zenith Composers Competition (2009), International Cimbalom Festival Composition (2008), Czech Radio Composition Competition (2006), Generace Composition Competition (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007), he also won the Dean of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague Award (2006), became a finalist of the Musica Nova International Composition Competition (2008) and was nominated for the Gideon Klein Award (2006). His works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras and ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Prague Philharmonia, Ostravská Banda, Berg Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Fourbythree, Sybarite5, Ensemble Calliopée, Fama Quartet; festivals such as MoMA Summergarden, Moving Sounds, Music with a View, Ostrava Days, Contempuls; radios such as BBC, WKCR (USA), Czech Radio, VPRO (Netherlands) and others.
In his work various compositional approaches are confronted, often principles or fragments of historical music as well as pop, rock and jazz are incorporated. He also works with recorded nonmusical sounds integrated in the musical structure, uses theatrical elements and recently even video. He himself considers his pieces “as polygons with internal side mirrors that make it possible to look at each side again and again but always from a different perspective.” Often he integrates himself in performances of his works, whether as a singer or pianist.
Alexandra Zajaczkowski is an actress and artist. Recently, she performed in Moving Landscape (Dir. Polina Klimovitskaya), and composed a score for the Cannes nominated short film Sumi. She currently studies acting, writes poetry and short stories, and sells lobsters.