Theater artist Kaneza Schaal will use the Egyptian Book of the Dead as a point of departure to investigate the traditions of burial and grief through an intricate architecture of visual projections, light, and sound.
Princess Grace Foundation–USA Works-in-Progress Resident Artist
Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based theater artist. Her new work Please, Bury Me is being developed through a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation (PGF) and by Performance Space 122 through the RAMP residency program with support from a 50th Anniversary Grant from the Jerome Foundation. In 2008, she was granted an initial PGF award to apprentice as a performer with The Wooster Group. Through this grant, Schaal transitioned from Company Manager to performing with the company (Vieux Carre; Early Plays). She is also a member of the Elevator Repair Service ensemble (The Sound and the Fury; The Select; Shuffle; Fondly, Collette Richland). Her work with these companies has brought her to over 32 cities in 18 countries.
Schaal’s first original work in NYC, Out The Flesh, was performed at a loft space in Soho, the former location of Theater of (No)Thing. Her second piece, this time presented in an East Village squat, was a collaboration with CalArts director Lily Whitsitt and drew its source material from Condoleezza Rice's speeches. Next she directed a performance in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam based on the transcript of Nat Turner’s confession, with visual collaboration from artist Christopher Myers.
Schaal has worked with Richard Maxwell, Jay Scheib, Claude Wampler, Lars Jan, Isaiah Sheffer, and Kathryn Bigelow, and at venues including BAM, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, The Performing Garage, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Symphony Space and The Whitney Museum. As teaching artist, Schaal has led programs with The Kitchen at Liberty High School, with New York Theater Workshop at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy and other locations, with Symphony Space at Harlem School for the Arts, and with Elevator Repair Service at Emerson College, Princeton University and New York Theatre Workshop. She is a resident artist with Elders Share The Arts, and is an annual collaborator on The Wooster Group's Summer Institute.
Photo by: Jean Claude Dhien