Abu Dhabi, UAE @ New York University Abu Dhabi Institute – Mar 2nd-5th, 2011
"The first professional theater play ever to be conceived, rehearsed and produced in Abu Dhabi[...] a piece that bridges cultural gaps with its universal appeal." – SUN GAZETTE
"A rich sensory exploration of universal themes such as love, curiosity, identity, and a fear of the unknown." – MIDDLE EAST ONLINE
"Working with the elegant forms of Japanese, Balinese and Arabic traditions, and featuring original live music, this expressionistic piece creates a vivid panorama to delve into the heart of the migrant experience." – ABU DHABI CITY GUIDE
Theater Mitu folds Pirandello’s themes of travel and migration into an emotional landscape of despairing mothers, possessed lovers, trickster scribes and magical craftsmen. Working with the elegant forms of Japanese, Balinese and Arabic traditions, and featuring original live music, this expressionistic piece creates a vivid panorama to delve into the heart of the migrant experience. Mitu’s new work asks: How does hope survive amidst CHAOS?
World Premiere presented by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
INSPIRED BY THE SHORT STORIES OF: Luigi Pirandello, the film Kaos by the Taviani Brothers and the dance piece Kaos by Martha ClarkeTEXT ADAPTED BY: Rubén Polendo and Chris MillsDRAMATURGY: Chris MillsASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Tyler PenfieldSCENIC DESIGN: Czerton LimCOSTUME DESIGN: Candida K. NicholsLIGHTING DESIGN: Kate AshtonMOVEMENT DESIGN: Scott SpahrORIGINAL MUSIC: Ellen ReidMASK DESIGN: Lori PetermannMUSICIANS: Ryan Bancroft, Kassandra KocoshisNYU ABU DHABI APPRENTICES: Amani Alsaied, Máté Bede-Fazekas, Kelly Dougherty, Nolan Funk, Symone Gamble, Mark Hoffman, Raleigh Logan, Adam Pivirotto, April Qingfeng Xiong, Jordan Schulze, Joshua Shirley, Attilio Rigotti Thompson, Yannick Trapman-O'Brien
Nathan Elam, Justin Nestor, Corey Sullivan, Mia Katigbak, Erin Buckley and Wil Petre