Not Man Apart

Physical Theatre Ensemble

HISTORY

Founded by John Farmanesh-Bocca in 2004, Not Man Apart is
one of the premiere physical theatre ensembles of the West Coast.


The name of the company comes from the Robinson Jeffers poem, "The Answer." 
In it, he says:

 

"Integrity is wholeness,
the greatest beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things,
the divine beauty of the universe. Love that,
Not Man Apart from that."

 

What Jeffers suggests the only truly ugly thing is mankind severed from himself, severed from the things mankind is made of (which is, quite literally, everything). 

He says that there is a oneness between war and peace, love and hate, an arm and a leg, the mind and the heart, a crashing meteor and violence to each other, a volcano eruption and the birth of a child. To understand and love this is to understand and love one’s part in the whole scheme -- but if we sever this, disconnect from the whole, look away from the violence, see anything outside of us as ‘other,’ rely too deeply on Man alone, and cloud our heads with the hopes of universal peace, we are destined to suffer.

The work we do at Not Man Apart is somewhat self-evident. We try to include the profane and the profound in our work, the whole body, song, dance, universal nature. Usually the lesson is “Do Not Look Away.” It hopefully leads back to something Life-affirming by connecting us to the whole. We aspire to a kind of holistic theatre experience that attempts to bring a bit of this sentiment to light. 

                                                               NMA Founding Company Members

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2017 - "Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny"
Adapted and Directed by Jones (Welsh) Talmadge
Co-Directed by Laura Covelli
Greenway Court Theatre


2016 - "Ajax in Iraq"
Written by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Greenway Court Theatre
 

2016 - “The SuperHero and His Charming Wife”
Written and Directed by Aaron Hendry
Choreographed by Michelle Broussard
Highways Performance Space

 

2014 - “Ajax in Iraq”
Written by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
The Miles Memorial Playhouse

 

2013 - “Falling”
Original movement play by Jones Welsh and Devon Dionne
Electric Lodge, LA & Spector Dance

 

2013 - “Lysistrata Unbound”
Original commissioned script by Eduardo Machado
Directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Getty Villa Theater Lab

 

2013 - “Hercules Furens (The Madness of Hercules)”
Adapted from Seneca, Directed, and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
The Miles Memorial Playhouse

 

2011 - “Hercules Furens (The Madness of Hercules)”
Adapted from Seneca, Directed, and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Getty Villa Theater Lab
 

2010 - “Titus Redux”
Adapted from Shakespeare, 
Directed, and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Kirk Douglas Theatre, LA Theater Center, Under the Radar Theater Festival
 

2009 - “Pericles Redux”
Adapted from Shakespeare, Directed, and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Kirk Douglas Theater
 

2008 - “Pericles Redux”
Adapted from Shakespeare, Directed, and Choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
 

2007 - “Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath”
Co-created by John Farmanesh-Bocca

Edinburgh Fringe Festival