History


Autumn 2010

September
Silly Chefs at the Farm to Fork Festival  + Makbet @ Franklin Manor – Saranac Lake, NY  – Saturday the 4th

Cirkus Luna!  – NY Clown Festival 2010 @ Brick Theatre, 10th, 14th, 15th
& Strip tease at the opening Cabaret, Thursday the 9th

Toronto Tour – Paratheatrical workshop & Makbet & Fools Mass @ Majlis Theatre 18th & 19th

Makbet – Antonia Arts, Peekskill, NY

Cirkus Luna! in Radical Vaudeville w/Robert Prichard @ Bowery Poetry Project –  Thursday the 30th

Summer 2010

August
11th – workshop for New Brunswick Theological Seminary

July
Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th – two-day Paratheatrical intensive

Spring 2010

June
1st – PS 174 Rego Park, Queens Cirkus Luna! performances
Monday the 14th – Makbetfree performance

May
Sunday the 2nd -baptism ceremony forIsaac Norman
Sunday the 28th – Transcendence Theatre visit Dzieci
Monday the 29th – workshop for New Brunswick Theological

April
April 10th and 11th
Makbet and Fools Mass- PSALM (Philadelphia Society for Music, Art. Literature) in Philadelphia
April 18th – bedside chanting and healing – Zicklin Hospice

Winter 2009-2010

Makbet
February 28th
The Yippie Museum Caf in The East Village
Maraton

Para-theatrical Workshop
A 24-hour immersion in Dzieci’s work
January 23rd to January 24th

Ensemble Audition for Company Members
January 17th

Cracking Up
25th anniversary screening of Matt Mitler’s 1994 cult film
January 8th
92YTribeca

Scene

Dzieci is featured in the latest issue of the quarterly journal of the International Schools Theatre Association. Click here to download the journal. (pdf, 1.1mb)

Fools Mass

December 5th The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

in the James Chapel

December 17th Union Theological Seminary

in the Lapman Chapel

December 18th The Old Stone House

– Park Slope, Brooklyn

December 20th The Cell Theatre Company

Fall 2009

Makbet

The Old Stone House

Park Slope, Brooklyn

November 13th

I and Thou

Para-theatrical Workshop

October 25th

Ripley-Grier Studios

Makbet

October 22-24th

John Street Church in Lower Manhattan

Makbet

September 26th

Presented by SUNY New Paltz

The Huguenot Church

Dzieci profiled in the Spring 2009 issue of Ecumenica, a journal of theatre and performance.

Click here to read the article, which provides an excellent overview of our work.

Summer 2009

Makbet

August 28th & 29th

Cirkus Luna!

August 30th

Ancram Opera House

Retreat for New Brunswick Theological Seminary

August 26-27th

In its ongoing relationship with the New Brunswick Theological Seminary,

Dzieci will be facilitating a retreat with senior members of the seminary faculty

Arts & Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

Dzieci presents Fools Mass for the Religion & Theatre Focus Group of ATHE on August 8th Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Makbet

July 11th & August 15th

Rockaway Artists Alliance, Studio 7

Ft. Tilden, Queens

Makbet

June 24th

The Yippie Museum Cafe

Makbet

June 14th

Summer Street Festival on Vanderbilt Avenue

Brooklyn

Acting in the Moment: Precision & Chaos

a four-week intensive

Thursday evenings in June

Spring 2009

Cirkus Luna! Benefit Celebration

May 30 th

Middle Collegiate Church

Fools Mass

May 27th

The Cell Theatre

Makbet

May 21th

Meadowport Arch, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

In the Garden of Dionysus

May 3rd

Ripley-Grier Studios

Gypsy Makbet Party & Performance

April 24th

Ripley-Grier Studios

Fools Mass

April 16-20th

LaMama ETC

Midnight Fools Mass

April 11th

The Cell Theatre

Makbet

March 13 th & 14th

The Old Stone House, Brooklyn

Winter 2008-2009

Maraton

Para-theatrical Workshop

a 24-hour immersion in Dzieci’s work

January 24 th to January 25th

Ripley-Grier Studios

Fools Mass

January 16th, Middle Collegiate Church

January 18th, The Cell Theatre

Fools Mass Tenth Anniversary

December 18th, Union Theological Seminary

Lampman Chapel

December 19th, St. John St. Matthew Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Park Slope, Brooklyn

December 20th, John Street United Methodist Church in Lower Manhattan

***Special Sunday Morning Mass*** December 21st, The Cell Theatre

December 21st, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Saint James Chapel

Arts Festival at Saint John the Divine

Holy Fools

December 6th

Click here for more infortmation.

Fall 2008

Fools Mass

November 21st

Second Presbyterian Church

reception and discussion afterwards

Makbet Benefit

November 16th

The Back Room at The Lower East Side Toy Company

Fools Mass

October 29th

New Brunswick Theological Seminary

Dzieci is named the 2008-2009 Helen Studdiford Kleis Visiting Artist

for New Brunswick Theological Seminary. (click here for a poster)

Makbet

October 16th & 17th

The Cell Theatre

Makbet

October 10th & 11th

John Street Church

New York Clown Theatre Festival

Closing Ceremonies

Dzieci’s Fools lead the Clown Funeral Procession

from the Bedford L Station to the Brick Theater

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

September 28

Via Negativa

Paratheatrical Workshop -Working on Essence

September 21st

Ripley-Grier Studios

Makbet in the Rockaways

Return Engagement!

September 20th

Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden, Queens

Cirkus Luna!

Saturday, September 13th, 10:30AM

Milk ‘N Cookies Playhouse (pdf brochure)

Riverspace Theatre Nyack, NY

Summer 2008

Makbet in the Rockaways

July 19th

Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden, Queens

Join us for an evening swim afterwards!

Cirkus Luna!

July 12th

The Community Garden at Flatbush & Atlantic Avenues

Makbet in the East Village

June 13th & July 11th

6th & B Garden

Holy Fools

June 8th

Global Street Festival

First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn

Spring 2008

Blood Will Have Blood

Working with Shakespeare

A Workshop, May 17th

Makbet

May 1, 2 & 3

John Street Church in Lower Manhattan

Dzieci is profiled in an article (480kb PDF) in the April 28th edition of

The Linewaiter’s Gazette, the bi-weekly publication of the Park Slope Food Coop.

First Annual Cirkus Luna!

Glorious Spektakl for Benefit DZIECI!

April 6th

St. Jean Baptiste School

In Dzieci’s ongoing investigation of ritual and ceremony, we invite you to take part in

A Meditation and Healing Service

Easter Sunday, March 23rd, with refreshments to follow.

Ripley/Grier Studios

Dzieci welcomes all faiths and open hearts.

La MaMa Benefit: “The Heat is On”

A Cabaret Extravaganza Featuring Dzieci’s

Cirkus Luna! & Riverklomph: Lord of the Shmenge

March 3

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

Winter 2007-2008

Maraton

Para-theatrical Workshop

January 26th to January 27th

Ripley-Grier Studios

Fools Mass

December 14th,

Union Theological Seminary

Lampman Chapel

December 15th, John Street United Methodist Church

December 16th, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Saint James Chapel

Holiday Elves

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Winter Crafts Fair

December 1st

Fall 2007

A Paratheatrical Workshop at The New School

in conjunction with the Lang College class “Religion & Theater”

November 28th

Makbet

The Music Pagoda in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

October 19, 20, 21

Ensemble Audition for Company Members

September 8

Ripley-Grier Studios

Spring 2007

Global Arts Festival

Dzieci’s Fools perform

First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn

June 2nd

New York Downtown Clown Revue

Dzieci is the featured act this month

April 16

St. Marks Theatre

The Second Annual Gypsy Wedding Benefit

April 1st

St. Jean Baptiste School

Marking the Tenth Anniversary of Dzieci!

Winter 2006-2007

Maraton

Para-theatrical Workshop

A 24-hour immersion in the work of Dzieci

January 27th to January 28th

Fools Mass

December 15th,

Union Theological Seminary

Lampman Chapel

December 16th,

Saint John’s Lutheran Church

December 17th, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Saint James Chapel

Fall 2006

Cirkus Luna!

At the New York Downtown Clown Revue

October 16, 8pm

St. Marks Theatre

Makbet

October 14 & 15

Inside the Memorial Arch

Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Fools Mass

September 24th

The Brick Theater

Part of the New York Clown Theatre Festival

Fools Mass reviewed at NYTheatre.com!

Summer 2006

Makbet

A work-in-progress presentation

August 13th

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Fort Tilden Park, Far Rockaway Queens

&

July 9th

The Meadowport Arch of Prospect Park

Brooklyn

Spring 2006

Riverklomph!

Surf Burlesque on the Bowery

May 3rd

Bowery Poetry Club

The First Annual Gypsy Wedding

April 1st

St. Jean Baptiste School

Riverklomph!

Lindy-Loo’s Saint Patty-Billy’s Hayride

March 17th

Hank’s Saloon

Fools Mass

St. Francis de Sales Parish

Salisbury, Md.

March 12th

Seminar for FEGS clients

March 10th

St. Clements Church

Son of Return of the Full Shmenge

March 1st

Dzieci’s third ever burlesque act!

Surf Burlesque on the Bowery

Bowery Poetry Club

Winter 2005-2006

Theatre as a Way: Grotowski, Brook, and Beyond

An in-depth exploration of Physical Theatre

and Acting as a contemplative practice.

Master Classes with Matt Mitler

and Theatre Group Dzieci

Four Sundays:

February 5, 12, 19, 26

Fool’s Mass

Three evenings and four performances:

December 9th, 6:30pm & 8pm

Union Theological Seminary

December 11th, 7pm

Jan Hus Church

December 18th, 7pm

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Holiday Elves

For the children of Stoney Lodge Hospital

December 24th

Fall 2005

Fools Mass

The Arch Diocese of Erie, Pa.

And special performance of Makbet

For the boys of Harborcreek Youth Services

November 19th

An Evening of Devilish Delights

October 28th

The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlour

Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture

Return of the Full Shmenge

October 5th

Dzieci’s second ever burlesque act!

Surf Burlesque on the Bowery

Bowery Poetry Club

The Heart of the Healer International Gathering

September 22-25 Michigan, USA

The Third Annual Interspiritual Ceremony for Peace

“Bless the Children”

September 21

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Summer 2005

Cirkus Luna!

Children’s Hope Foundation Summer Carnival

August 6th

The Full Shmenge

The premiere of Dzieci’s first ever burlesque act:

Howl! Festival

August 24th

Bowery Poetry Club

Fools Mass

The Association for Small Christian Communities

Cinnimison, N.J.

July 28th

Worship Renewal Retreat for Jan Hus Church

Designed and led by Dzieci

July 30-31

A Gypsy Family Stoop Sale

June 19th

For the month of June, Dzieci offers public presentations of their current work in progress: Makbet.

Wednesdays in Union Square Park, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, in the southwest section, by the statue of Gandhi. Weather permitting.

Spring 2005

The Door

Para-Theatrical Workshop

May 8th

Ripley-Grier Studios

“Movement and Repose” Workshop

Fifth Annual Conference on Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Healing

Fordham University

May 14th

Special presentation of Fool’s Mass

20th Anniversary of Small Christian Communities of Hartford Archdiocese

April 17th

Saint Thomas Seminary and Archdiocesan Center

The Sixth and Final Feast of Fools

April 1st

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

Featuring the music of Luminescent Orchestrii!

Winter 2004-2005

Work on One’s Self

a note on the processes and principles of Dzieci

by Matt Mitler

Pandemonium

Para-Theatrical Workshop

January 16th

Ripley-Grier Studios

Fool’s Mass

December 5th

The Abbey of Regina Laudis

December 10th, 7pm

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

December 19th, 7pm

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Holiday Elves

December 24th

For the children of Stoney Lodge Hospital

Fall 2004

Workshops for The Nashville Institute for Clergy Excellence

November 21st to 25th

At Union Theological Seminary

Busker’s Banquet

November 27th

An indoor festival of street performance art

Featuring Dzieci’s “Gypsies” & “Cirkus Luna!”

Performance Space122

Zero Boy’s Halloween Spectacular

October 29th

Bowery Poetry Club

World Peace Day – September 21st, 2004

2nd Annual Interspiritual Ceremony for Peace

Union Theological Seminary

Click here for a beautiful description of the ceremony by a participant.

Summer 2004

Fools Mass

June 14th

For The New York Sabbatical Institute

At Union Theological Seminary

Cirkus Luna!

August 7th

Children’s Hope Summer Carnival

The 2nd Annual HOWL! Festival

Dzieci performs for “The Wide World of Surf Reality”

August 18th

Performance Space122

Parliament of the World’s Religions

Barcelona, Spain

July 7-13

? Report on the Parliament

? The Word Made Flesh

Fool’s Mass Benefit Performances

To support the company’s participation in

The Parliament of the World’s Religions

Friday, June 25th

The Church of the Transfiguration

Spring 2004

Night Vigil

Para-Theatrical Workshop

May 22nd

a note on the Night Vigil workshop

Feast of Fools

April 1st

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

Feast of Fools Followup

Winter 2003-2004

Movement and Repose

Para-Theatrical Workshop

February 1st

Ripley-Grier Studios

“Festival of Fools”

First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

January 3rd

Dzieci transforms the museum’s Beaux Arts court into a medieval village festival with processions, dances, songs, and games.

With special musical guests Luminescent Orchestrii!

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Fool’s Mass

December 14th

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

December 20th

Grace Church Chantry

December 21st

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Fool’s Mass in the 2004 edition of The Encyclopedia of Religion

Global Party for a Human Planet

Tokyo – Addis Ababa – Paris – New York

Supporting Defense of Human Rights in Ethiopia

December 12th

Spirit NYC

Fall 2003

Fools

Dzieci opens the act at the Bowery Poetry Club, in a special pre-Halloween show: “Devils, Demons, Clown, and Fool”. Irreverent black comedy by weird and strange performers, guided by the nefarious Zero Boy.

October 29th

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Artists-in-Residence

Dzieci is honored to be artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. The group will work at the Cathedral September 23-25.

The public is invited to work with us, in a workshop-like setting, each morning, and on Thursday 9/25, there will be a special presentation of our work in development.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

September 21st at 9am, Dzieci and the Interspiritual Dialog host a special welcoming event in preparation for the International Day of Peace

The First Annual Interspiritual Ceremony for Peace

September 21st, 9am

New York Society for Ethical Culture Social Hall

This unique event includes the participation of:

? Tibetan Buddhist, Lama Surya Dass

? Peruvian Shaman, Oscar Miro Quesada

? Humanist, Dr. Calvin Chatlos

? Advaita leader, Dasarath

? Hawaiian Ho’omana leader, Aupuni Iwi’ula

Created and hosted by Dzieci

(click here to see the flyer.)

Dzieci takes part in an interfaith memorial service to mark

the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

Remembrance:Transcendence

September 10th

Congregation Beth Elohim – Park Slope, Brooklyn

Dzieci Director Matt Mitler’s award-winning feature film Cracking Up presented as part of the HOWL! Festival of the Arts, at the Pioneer Cinema

Friday, August 22nd, at Midnight!

Spring 2003

The Thunder, Perfect Mind

Para-Theatrical Workshop

May 3rd

Ripley-Grier Studios

Feast of Fools

Tuesday, April 1st

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

Dzieci are guests on the radio program “Fordham Conversations”, hosted by John Bly, on WFUV FM 90.7, on Saturday, March 22. Matt Mitler and Bob Strock discuss our recent work, as well as our plans for, Ragnarok. The group sings one of our new Nordic songs, as well as a choral piece from the Feast of Fools.

Go here for a Windows Media archive of the program.

Click here for a direct link to the file. We’re on the second half of the show.

Fordham Talk/Art/Cabaret

Dzieci are featured guests at this evening of performance art presented by

Mark Svenvold. Come see our new gypsy characters in action!

March 27th

Fordham University, Lincoln Center

Winter 2002-2003

Read the review of Devils from Backstage.

Dzieci are guests on the famous NPR radio program “Soundcheck”,

hosted by John Schaefer, on WNYC FM 93.9, on Tuesday January 7.

Listen to a Real Audio archive of the live broadcast on WNYC’s website.

(We’re on for the last 18 minutes, if you want to fast forward, though the piano music is quite nice.)

We sing three pieces from The Devils of Loudun, and here they are, in MP3 format (each file is about 1.3MB):

Tourdion (Pierre Attaignant, 1530)

Domine Non Sum Dignus (Tomas Luis de Victoria, 1593)

Psalm 130 (Claude LeJeune, 1606)

THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN

World Premiere

January 2-19 ONLY!!!

&

Fool’s Mass

Sunday Matinees, January 5, 12, 19

Dialogue with Company & Special Guests after each performance

La MaMa etc Annex Theatre

Facing the Flame

Para-Theatrical Workshop

January 13th

The Annex at La MaMa

Fool’s Mass 2002

Grace Church Chantry

December 9th 7PM

December 10th 7PM

December 14th 2pm & 5pm

Union Theological Seminary, James Chapel

December 12th 3:30pm

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 15, 11am

Fool’s Mass Follow up

Fall 2002

Devils of Loudun Preview

December 2nd

Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church

Chanukah Fair – Shul of New York

November 24th

Angel Orensanz Foundation

Fools sing Psalms and play with the crowd

Devils of Loudun Preview

November 18th

St. Malachy’s/The Actor’s Chapel

The Dzieci Devils/Fool’s Mass demo video screening

Two Boots Pioneer Theater

October 27th, as part of their Short Film Slam.

The Holy Fool

Para-Theatrical Workshop

September 21st

Ripley Grier Studios

Communion Service

The Fools are honored to be serving the entire service (not just the music!)

James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary

September 12th at noon. Free and open to the public.

Sixth Annual Broadway Blessings

The Fools take part in an interfaith celebration of song and story, marking the spiritual start of the theatre season.

September 9th

St. Malachy’s/The Actors’ Chapel

Spring 2002

Dzieci’s Fools are the special guests at the Friday Shabbat Service at Angel Orensanz Synagogue June 21

Healing the World: From Children to Children

Dzieci hosts a benefit for children of Afghanistan and Kosovo

June 9th

Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, Merkin Concert Hall

Hands of Peace: In the Light of Rumi

Dzieci joins an evening of sacred world music

June 14th

Community Church of New York

Fools

May 23rd

Chashama

The Hero’s Journey

Para-Theatrical Workshop

May 11th

Ripley Grier Studios

3rd Annual Feast of Fools

April 1st

Jan Hus Church

Follow-up report

Ongoing Acting Workshop every Tuesday evening, with Company Director Matt Mitler. beginning January 29.

Fool’s Mass reviewed in the The National Catholic Reporter

Vow of Silence

Para-Theatrical Workshop

January 19th

Ripley Grier Studios

Fool’s Mass

Special Performance as the Sunday worship service

January 13th

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

2001

Fool’s Mass

December 10, 11, 15

Grace Church Chantry

December 14

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Devils of Loudun a work-in-progress

November 8-10th

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church

Dzieci: Unleashed and Out of Control

A Halloween Variety Show

October 12th

The Good Coffeehouse

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Return of the Native

A Paratheatrical Workshop with Dzieci

September 15

Chashama@129

Dzieci performs at The Producers Club

June 22nd & 23rd

Calling All Angels

A Paratheatrical Workshop with Dziece

May 12th

Ripley Grier Studios

1997 – 2001

To Be Completed Eventually