Annie Loui | Artistic Statement & Original Creations

My central artistic interest is the creation of new theater works, both my own movement theater adaptations and working directly with playwrights on new projects.  Since 2012, Counter-Balance Theater has been an umbrella for my new devised physical theater creations (please see website).

The following productions are either original movement theater works that I have created and staged, often in collaboration with a visual artist or composer, or premieres of new plays that I have directed.

2014 A Christmas Carol director/adapter of the Dicken’s classic, Winifred Smith Hall, November 2014
2013 The Dwarf director/adapter of the Nobel Prize winning novel by Pars Lagerkvist,
(Counter-Balance Theater) workshop productions Grotowski Barn (January & May 2013); Clark Memorial Library, September 2013.
The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaules)
director/adapter of the classic French novel by Alain Fournier, xMPL May 2012
"Best Ensemble 2012" LA Arts Examiner


Jane Eyre


director/adapter of the classic novel,
(Counter-Balance Theater) Edison Theater, St Louis September 2012;
Claire Trevor Theater, August, 2012;
workshop Part 1, Grotowski Barn, June 2011;
workshop Part 2, xMPL Theater December 2011


Cafe le Monde


world premiere of a dance/theater script by
Chuck Mee, May 2010
ARK Theater, LA
2009/2010 Blue Light creator/director
intermedia performance with writer, Michelle Latiolais
video designer, Greg Pacificar
projection designer, Adam Levine
workshop performance, June 2009
full production, January 22-30, 2010, UCI Studio Theatre
2008/2010 Falling Girl co-creator/choreographer
media installation with Scott Snibbe,
ArtRock Festival 2010, St Briac FRANCE
Berkeley Art Museum, June - September, 2008
2007 In the Grace of the World co-creator/director
inter-media production for the Orchestra of St Lukes NYC, premiere Kaiser Theater, Monclair, NJ
2005 Dans L'Ombre De Soi-Meme co-creator/performer
intermedia video collaboration with Mark Zaki, SEAMUS, Oregon, UCI Dance Film Festival
2004 War To End War director/choreographer
world premiere of a play/opera by Chuck Mee/Nathan Birnbaum, Claire Trevor Theater, UCI
2004 Absence/Presence choreographer and performer
intermedia video collaboration with Mark Zaki, Not Still Art Festival, NYC October; and the UCR/California Museum of Photography, Digital Media, May- July
2002, 2003


Reading Frankenstein


co-creator and director
multi-media production with digital artist Antoinette LaFarge and neurobiologist, Dr James Fallon; Beall Center for Art and Technology, CA
Digital presentation at the Freie Universitat, Berlin Germany November 2002
2000 Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland adapter and director
multi media production with animator John Chi and composer Ben Israel; Irvine Barclay Theater CA, and Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
1999 Vivaldi – The Red Priest director
premiere workshop production of a new play by Lee Kalcheim; Barrington Theater Company, MA
1999, 1998, 1997, 1995


Sympathetic Magic


choreographer and performer
solo movement theater concert with animator Karen Aqua performed at K-9 Kultur Laden, Konstanz, Germany; Cambridge Multi-Cultural Arts Center, MA; Huntington 1996 Beach Arts Center, CA; Boston University, MA; Blue Screen Video presentation at Decroux Symposium, Centre for Performance Research, (CPR) 1992 Wales; Bodies in Question Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) 1991 New Zealand, and at the International Dance and Technology Festival (IDAT)
1997 Transformations adapter and director
original movement theater work based on the poetry of Ann Sexton, Working Group, Home Front Theater, NYC
1995 Moose Mating director
premiere of a new play by David Grae; HERE Theater, NYC (“Best Bets of 1995” Backstage, NYC)
1995 Another Day In Paradise; 
The California Project
director and co-creator
multi media performance work with writer Klaus Lintzinger: performed at the UCI Art Gallery, the Durham Studio Theater at UC Berkeley, and UCSB College for Creative Studies
1993 Nosferatu adapter and director
movement theater/film performance with Murnau’s 1926 film, original score by Caleb Sampson , UCI Concert Hall
1991 The West Wing adapter and director
new music theater work created in collaboration with composer David Eggar based on the stories and drawings of Edward Gorey, produced in workshop by the Boston Music Theater Project (BMTP), C. Walsh Theater, MA
1990 Parzival adapter and director
new music/theater work created in collaboration with composer Robert Kyr and the Project Ars Nova (PAN), Newton Arts Center, MA
1988 Vintage Alice creator
original movement theater work based on the score by David del Tredici; Newton Arts Center and Radcliffe College, MA
1986 The Dybbuk director and co-creator 
movement theater/music work created with composer, Alan Bern, based on the Jewish folktale, Laurie Theater, Brandeis University, MA
1984 Shoes Trilogy choreographer and performer
movement theater work for dancer, saxaphone and thirty pairs of shoes, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MA; Boston Film and Video Foundation (BFVF), Sanders Theater, Harvard University, MA (recipient of Massachusetts Choreographer’s Award)
1983 Night Spent Flying And Falling Annie Loui and Company Solo and Group Works performances include: Sanders Theater at Harvard University; S.U.N.Y. Brockport; Boston Film and Video Foundation (BFVF); Angus Whyte Fine Arts, NYC; Connecticut Dance Festival; North Carolina Theater Conference; Eventworks Festival at the Massachusetts College of Art; Roanoke College, VA; Elaine Sommers Studio, NYC; and the Hasty Pudding Theater, MA