Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Bigger Stage.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Anthony DellaFlora Journal Staff Writer

Riverside expands city's theater offerings with first Revolutions festival

In one sense, original means something that never existed before trailblazing. Paradoxically, it also means that which existed before anything primordial. Both those interpretations of the word may come to mind when the folks at the Riverside Theatre unveil the inaugural Revolutions International Theatre Festival over the next three weekends.

"We're interested in creating something of a revolution here in Albuquerque, in that we want to see more physical, poetic theater here, more abstract art, to contrast to the regular sort of mainstream theater that Albuquerque always gets, which is fine," said Joe Pesce, Riverside's president.

"The city needs all kinds. But we feel that there are possibilities for theater that we're learning while being on tour in Canada and Europe," he added. "We're hoping to bring that kind of stuff here, and bring it into our work."

Not that the Riverside has ever lacked for unusual, offbeat and innovative work.

But it will be challenged artistically by the likes of the Dell' Arte Players Company of California, who open the festival next weekend, and the Staniewski Center for Theatre Practices of Gardzienice, Poland, which closes it in February. …

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