Abu Dhabi, UAE @ New York University Abu Dhabi – Oct 17th-20th, 2012
"Inviting the UAE community to enter a dream world that recognises no boundaries of time or space." – THE NATIONAL AD
"Energizing the text with acrobatic physicality, modern design, and an impactful original music score." – KHALEEJ TIMES
Amidst a fascination with alchemy, eastern thought and Christian mysticism, August Strindberg wrote one of his most enigmatic and emotional plays. This adaptation focuses on the epic nature of Strindberg’s work. Witnessing each of these characters less like visions of some impending future, but more as creatures from a collective mythology that explores love, suffering, struggle, and above all, the ability to acknowledge that what defines us also confines us. Using Theater Mitu’s Whole Theater approach, this piece energizes the text with acrobatic physicality, modernist design and an impactful live music score, as well as strains of Japanese Butoh, Noh, and Indian Kathakali.
FROM TRANSLATIONS BY: Charlotte Barslund, Walter Johnson, Michael Meyer, Harry G Carlson, Carl Mueller, Evert Sprinchorn and Adaptations by Ingmar Bergman and Caryl ChurchillADDITIONAL TEXT BY: Rubén Polendo and Theater MituASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Tyler PenfieldSCENIC DESIGN: Rubén Polendo and Scott SpahrCOSTUME DESIGN: Judi OlsonCHOREOGRAPHY AND OBJECT DESIGN: Scott SpahrLIGHTING DESIGN: Carly McCollowLIGHT BOARD OPERATOR: Jimmy LawlorDRAMATURG: Kevin RiordanASST. DRAMATURG: Matthew FordORIGINAL MUSIC: Ellen ReidORIGINAL SONGS: Adam CochranMASK DESIGN: Lori PetermannMUSICIANS: Maté Bede-Fazekas, Ellen Reid, Adam Cochran and Emlyn Van EpsSTAGE MANAGER: Lizzy LeeASST. PROD. COORDINATOR: Vanessa BantaPROJECT MANAGER: Gaar AdamsNYU ABU DHABI APPRENTICES: Amani Alsaied, Brook Fowler, Gabriel Burgazzi, Valentina Vela, Oscar Lozano, Cleo Smits, Krushika Uday Patankar, Máté Bede-Fazekas, Hasan Nubulsi and Joi Lee
Julianna Bloodgood, Denis Butkus, Adam Cochran, Ryan Conarro, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Corey Sullivan and Jennifer Waxman