CounterBalance Theater’s SHE
Co-Producer: Institute for 21st Century Creativity
SHE is a contemporary story of Southern California, seen through the eyes of a teenage girl learning to navigate the opportunities and options of life.
CounterBalance Theater’s mission statement is “to create physical theater based on great literature” and has a history of working with Illuminations to share timeless and resonating stories with the UCI undergraduate population. These works include The Odyssey (2014/2015) in the Claire Trevor Theater ; Elsewhere (2015/2016) in Tamkin Hall, UCI Medical School; and Longitude (2016/2017), in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
This new creation will follow in the same model, and post-show discussions will include the author of the source material, Michelle Latiolais (UCI Programs in Writing) seeking to promote discussion about writing, but also about the unique social and economic construct of this place we call Los Angeles.
Annie Loui works as a director/choreographer, and is the Artistic Director of Counter-Balance Theater. She trained with dancer Carolyn Carlson (at the Paris Opera), and studied in France with Etienne Decroux, Ella Jarosivitcz and Jerzy Grotowski. Original physical theater pieces have been seen in France, Monaco, West Germany, Italy, and in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among other venues. Longtime member of the Brandeis Theater Arts Department; she also taught extensively for the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard before coming to the University of California, Irvine, where she now runs the Movement Program for the MFA Actor Training. Her book The Physical Actor is published by Routledge Press.
Michelle Latiolais is the author of the novel She; Widow, a collection of stories shortlisted for The Believer Book Award; the novel A Proper Knowledge; and the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. She is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine, and a member of the Programs in Writing. She lives in Los Angeles.