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demotic 2004
     the creative team

Conception and Production: Robert Allen + Antoinette LaFarge
Sound Artists: Maria de los Angeles Esteves and Jeff Ridenour
Performer: Tracey A. Leigh
Texts, Video, Online director: Antoinette LaFarge
Director: Robert Allen

Additional Texts: Aida Croal ("The Chase"). Texts for several segments ("Conspiracy Theories", "Babbalog", "The Making of a Great Man", "Distraction") draw on improvisations by the Plaintext Players, including Ursula Endlicher, Antoinette LaFarge, Lise Patt, Richard Smoley, Heather Wagner, and Ellen Warkentine.



ROBERT ALLEN (director) is a theater movement specialist and teaches movement for actors when he is not directing. His recent projects include For a Better World by Roland Schimmelpfennig (University of Maryland, Baltimore County; 2006); Galileo in America by Antoinette LaFarge (staged readings, Goethe Institute L.A. and the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, 2004); Demotic (workshop, Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA 2004); Dream Play by August Strindberg, adapted by Courtney Baron (Cal State Long Beach, 2003); The Roman Forum Project (Beall Center, 2003); Zwischen Fear und Sex: Fünf Proben (Hellerau, Germany, 2002); Twilight by Anna Deveare Smith (Cal State Long Beach, 2002); Virtual Live (Location One, NY, 2002); How I Got That Story by Amlin Gray (NY, August 2001); and The Roman Forum (Side Street Live, LA, 2000). Robert has an M.F.A. in Theater from Columbia University, where he studied directing with Anne Bogart. His work as a director is grounded in prior experience as a choreographer and performer in German Tanztheater, working with Reinhild Hoffmann (a contemporary of Pina Bausch) and other German directors. Robert also possesses an M.F.A. in modern dance from UCLA and a B.F.A. in visual art from the San Francisco Art Institute. More info can be found on his web site.

ANTOINETTE LAFARGE (writer, video artist) is Associate Professor of Digital Media at the University of California, Irvine. An artist and writer with a special interest in virtual and mixed realities and net-based improvisation, her recent intermedia performance works include the Demotic workshop production (Beall Center, 2004), The Roman Forum Project (Beall Center, 2003), Reading Frankenstein (Beall Center, 2003), Virtual Live (Location One, NY, 2002); The Roman Forum (Side Street Live, LA, 2000), and Still Lies Quiet Truth (New York International Fringe Festival, 1998). Her essays and other other writings have appeared in several books, including Benjamin's Blind Spot (2001), as well as in such periodicals as Wired, Leonardo, and Gnosis. She has co-curated two ground-breaking shows on computer games and art, ALT+CTRL (2005) and SHIFT-CTRL (2000). Antoinette is the founding director of the Plaintext Players, a pioneering Internet performance group that uses net-based virtual worlds to stage their performances. The Plaintext Players have appeared at a wide variety of international venues, including documenta x (1997), the Venice Biennale (1997), and the European Media Arts Festival (1993), and a transcript of one of their performances was published in Performance Art Journal in 2003. She is also the founder-director of the Museum of Forgery, a virtual institute dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery. Her domain is forger.com.

MARIA DE LOS ANGELES "CUCA" ESTEVES (sound artist) is a sound designer, musician and composer with degrees from the Conservatorio de Musica de San Martin in Buenos Aires and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, and studies at the Paris Conservatory. Her recent credits include the radio piece "We're all gonna be homeless pretty soon" broadcast on Radio Resonance, London, in 2003, and later adapted for the California EAR Unit and performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2004; the sound design for The Roman Forum Project and Demotic created by Antoinette LaFarge and Robert Allen and performed at the Beall Center (UCI) in 2003 and 2004; and the music for Dmae Roberts' Radio Documentary "Breast Cancer Monologues" broadcast on NPR in 2004, and for her own multimedia piece Identidad performed at UC Riverside in 2006. Her music has been performed at festivals in Europe and South America, including Gaudeamus International Composers Competition (Netherlands), Bartok Seminar (Hungary), Donna in Musica (Italy), and Buenos Aires No Duerme (Argentina). Cuca also writes in Spanish and English, with credits in numerous periodicals including Crate and the online magazines Umbrales, Perro Negro, and Poesia Salvaje. Cuca just graduated from UC Riverside with an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

JEFF RIDENOUR (sound artist; voice synthesization) was born in California, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. While at UC Berkeley studying music and physics, he had his experiences with computer music, studying with David Wessel at CNMAT. After completing studies at Berkeley, Jeff studied at UC San Diego, receiving a Masters in Contrabass performance. While there, he worked extensively with Miller Puckette, assisting him with teaching a computer music course, as well as learning DSP algorithms and programming external objects in C for Max and Pd. Jeff also studied improvisation with George Lewis and was influenced by his approach to computer music. Subsequently Jeff received a Heartz traveling scholarship and studied for three years at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and received a Second Phase degree at the Institute of Sonology. Jeff is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine.

TRACEY A. LEIGH (performer) recently appeared in "Tale of 2 Cities: An American Joyride in Multiple Tracks" at P.S. 122 in New York. Other credits include The Vagina Monologues national tour, as well as the New York premieres of A Lesson Before Dying (Signature Theatre), Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop), Krisit (Primary Stages), Le Ménage (La MaMa E.T.C.), and Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep). Regional credits include productions at Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Intiman, A Contemporary Theatre, Southcoast Repertory Theatre, and San Diego Repertory Theatre. TV and radio credits include "Jake in Progress," "Strong Medicine," "Charmed," and "Law and Order," as well as numerous commercials and voice-overs. She has also narrated many audio books for Books on Tape and BBC North America.

THE PLAINTEXT PLAYERS (textual improvisation) are a pioneering Internet performance group that uses net-based virtual worlds to stage improvisations. The Plaintext Players have appeared at a wide variety of international venues, including documenta x (1997), the Venice Biennale (1997), and the European Media Arts Festival (1993). Demotic includes improvisations by Plaintext Players members Ursula Endlicher, Antoinette LaFarge, Lise Patt, Richard Smoley, Heather Wagner, and Ellen Warkentine, notably in "Conspiracy Theories", "Prologue," "The Making of a Great Man", "Babbalog", "Distraction," and "Process."

SPECIAL THANKS to Anne Fulwiler, Terry Cobb, David Kaplan, Chris Borg (Stage Manager), Samantha Duvall (Assistant Stage Manager), Tamas Szalczer, Renata Melillo, Bob Nideffer, and the Plaintext Players.