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“My dear friend, Eric Ehn, often says “what you water will grow”. You know… we make certain choices about what we are and what we are not… and if you have 8 million people choosing the same thing, then that grows… but it doesn’t mean that’s the destined reality - that that’s the only opportunity we have”

—   Daniel Alexander Jones

Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with performance artist/theater maker Daniel Alexander Jones, and also with his alter-ego, the uber-glamorous “soulsonic superstar” - Jomama Jones.   A conversation that touches on character, imagination, creativity, realness, possibility, and growth - in all its marvelous and weedy aspects - and the everyday work we do to tend that garden.

To get the latest news of Jomama Jones and listen to her new album (due out in February 2014), visit http://msjomamajones.tumblr.com

To see a really beautiful unplugged clip of Jomama visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQVq_HqeT78&feature=c4-overview&list=UUq87ILYZ91Frgsz2JRqrKUQ

To read more about the Smiling Hogshead Ranch that Kelly talked about – the wild plot of land, improved by volunteers in Long Island City – go to: http://smiling-hogshead-ranch.tumblr.com

“I’ve burned out three times. And the last time was right before Jomama came. And it was DONE. Like – I mean I was… and it LASTED. 2008 was the place where it broke, but — even as I worked on her – it’s taken two years. Minimum. To come out of like – really – super super dark depression.”

—   Daniel Alexander Jones
Just in time for the holidays… Daniel Alexander Jones and his superstar sidekick - Jomama Jones - are both in the OK Radio closet.

“Are you free?”

—   Pavol Liska

“It’s a complicated question – uh – with regards how to be free and how long you are free.”

—   Natalia Koliada

Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with Natalia Koliada of the Belarus Free Theatre about the challenges of making art in a police state where people are regularly kidnapped, killed and tortured. We’ve blabbed a lot in this podcast about the difficulties of making theater even working in the best possible circumstances – so how does this ambitious company company manage to keep itself going in the face of real physical threat and displacement? (The leadership of the company, including Natalia, are currently in London living in exile, while the majority of their actors and collaborators remain in Belarus). How does it work when rehearsals are conducted over skype and performances are streamed live via internet from London for audiences in Belarus? Can we learn anything from their resourcefulness and perseverance? (Yes.)

For more information about the political situation in Belarus, visit Charter 97, a pro-human rights news site dedicated to the elimination of dictatorial regime and restoration of democracy in Belarus: http://www.charter97.org/en/news/

For more information about the Belarus Free Theatre, and to make a donation to help them continue their work, please visit their website at: http://www.belarusfreetheatre.com

To see the video mentioned in this podcast featuring Jude Law and Nikolai Khalezin, go to: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/video/2013/sep/16/connection-jude-law-video

To read more about their studio school, Theatre Laboratory Fortinbras, which continues their work in Belarus, and has brought guest artists from all over the world, including Eric Ehn, Tom Stoppard, etc. to teach there: http://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/education/training-laboratory/

“Knowing that neither Trash Cuisine or King Lear [two new performances] could be presented to our audience back in Minsk, we decided we will use Live Stream, and it will not be a promotional tool… it will just be humanitarian aid to our audience back in Belarus. We live streamed from Edinburgh and from London… and around 25 thousand people watched it… They felt they were together with us and it was absolutely unique… At that particular moment, you feel so strong… you are stronger than the whole repressive regime there.”

—   Natalia Koliada
During our time in Melbourne, we were lucky to have a chance to talk with with Natalia Koliada of the Belarus Free Theatre.

“I never really worry about making people laugh… is something going to be funny or not… just whatever it takes to subvert expectation. That’s really what comedy is. It’s subverting expectation.”

—   Reggie Watts

Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks again with the venerable comedian, musician, magpie - Reggie Watts.  A conversation about self-image, self-care, imitation and actualization.  How does an artist become an original, and what does that even mean?  How can we build into this idea of “image” the potential and even mandate to change and grow into the future? And how can we safeguard for ourselves the joy we have in making the work?  

We talked a lot in this podcast about Reggie’s work in video, and in particular some new projects he is working on.  To keep up to date on his latest videos, you can subscribe to Reggie’s channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ReggieWattsJash

Reggie also has some work on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/reggiewatts

To learn more about Jacques Rivette’s Out 1, an incredible, radical, but seldom screened film that was made (in part) using improvisation, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_1

To watch Jacques Tati’s Playtime,– which we talked about extensively in this podcast, just buy the DVD!! Here: http://www.amazon.com/Playtime-Criterion-Collection-Jacques-Tati/dp/B000G8NXZ0

There’s also an excellent introductory article about Tati by Jonathan Rosenbaum here: http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.com/?p=15628

“It comes from imitation, or just loving something… and then making that your own. I’m an amalgamation of all of my experiences. And coming from a mimic – standpoint, uh – if you can mimic something, you can understand it.”

—   Reggie Watts
This week we talk again with the exceptional Reggie Watts.
Photo from our live recording of OK Radio with Ontoerend Goed at Vooruit.

Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with Joeri Smet, Karolien De Bleser, and Angelo Tijssens of the Ghent-based company, Ontroerend Goed in our first ever podcast recorded in front of a live audience in Vooruit.  Join us as we consider whether or not the audience changes anything about the way we work.  When we work in front of an audience do we always somehow want it to go well?  Would it be better if we in fact created a little less community and a little more unrest? Or should we just shut up already and watch some football? (This podcast was recorded as part of the Possible Futures Festival for Vooruit in Ghent.)

To find more about the work of Ontroerend Goed, visit their website http://www.ontroerendgoed.be

You can also see some of their work on video here: https://vimeo.com/user10825713

And if you wondered whatever happened to the football match - it was a draw: Wales 1, Belgium 1.  Full story here: http://www1.skysports.com/football/live/match/253677