Ilana Turner, Writer/Creator of The Réjane Project, has been collaborating with Christopher Sivertsen since 2009. Their show “To Live, Darling” tells the story of comédienne Réjane, from humble to haute, using text, movement, music and the plays that made her famous during the Belle Époque. Réjane’s insatiable appetite for artistic growth led her – and now leads us – from old-fashioned declamation through naturalism to symbolism; her life is truly our passarelle (bridge) to the beautiful age of art. “To Live, Darling” is in development in Los Angeles, and features music by award-winning singer-songwriter Adrien Reju (also Réjane’s great-great granddaughter.)
Ilana has written for Elle magazine’s E. Jean Carroll, Turner Broadcasting and Skater’s Edge. As an actress, she has worked for HBO, Sci Fi Channel, Spike TV and in many commercials. On stage, she starred in a world premiere at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is proud to have played in Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Plays for 365 Days.
Also a former pro figure skater, coach, and trained dancer who attended circus school, Ilana brings a unique and creative approach to Pilates, which she has been teaching for 13 years. Christopher and Ilana have incorporated Pilates work into a spin-off of his workshop: the Balanced Breathing Performer. Ilana holds a BA in theatre & dance from Hampshire College and certifications from ITT Pilates and The Physicalmind Institute. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and geriatric cat. She loves punk rock.