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Shakespeare Cabaret Series
December  9 - 12, 2010
Thur - Sat at 7pm, Sat and Sun at 1pm
Admission $15; $10 for Students, Seniors and Bard Card Holders
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Choreographers, dancers, actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, puppeteers, circus performers and physical theatre artists will perform short new works inspired by Shakespeare and other classical works from around the globe.
 
Performances
 
Dive by Blue Box Productions
Lady M by Swim Pony
Sycorax by Mary Tuomanen and Aaron Cromie
Tesla's Pigeon by Melissa Dunphy
The Dispute by Emmanuelle Delpech
The Egg-Layers by The Egg-Layers
Visions of Hecate by Wandering Rom
 
 
Dive by Blue Box Productions
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Performed and developed by Jody Christopherson and Ana Valle
Brooklyn, NY
 
Performing: Saturday, December 11 at 1 PM
                     Sunday, December 12 at 7 PM
 
Dive, a contemporary piece that sources classic text from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, Virginia Wolfe, news articles, phone conversations and more.  The collaboration team: performer/writer/musician Jody Christopherson, performer/dancer Ana Valle, director Pirronne Yousefzadeh and dramaturg Sonali Kumar.  For the past 4 years, Jody and Ana have been working with Blue Box Productions (producers Libby Emmons, David Marcus and Ali Ayala ) to create short works at Bowery Poetry Club.  Through incorporating original music, stylized movement and text, Dive seeks to explore the untold story between Tatiana, the Votaress and the blue boy Tatiana takes into her care.  A forbidden lover story about gender and romance, bonds between mortals and gods, women who love and destroy one another and the repercussions of risk and human emotion.
 

 
Lady M by Swim Pony
directed by Adrienne Mackey
Philadelphia, PA
 
Performing: Thursday, December 2 at 7 PM
                     Saturday, December 4 at 7 PM
                     Thursday, December 9 at 7 PM
                     Saturday, December 11 at 7 PM
 
Lady M is a re-imagination of the Macbeth story from the perspective of the character of Lady Macbeth.  The production will use Roy Hart voice technique as a means to unlock a more powerful and muscular vocal treatment of Shakespeare's text.  These elements will combine with a large female chorus portraying the rest of the play's characters and doubling as a chorus of witch like spirits that follow Lady M through the piece.
 

 
Sycorax by Mary Tuomanen and Aaron Cromie
Directed by Mary Tuomanen and Aaron Cromie
Philadelphia, PA
 
Performing: Thursday, December 2 at 7 PM
                     Saturday, December 4 at 7 PM
                     Thursday, December 9 at 7 PM
                     Saturday, December 11 at 7 PM
 
An imagined prologue to The Tempest, this piece begins with the birth of Caliban and his relationship to his beautiful monster-mother, Sycorax.  This 20-minute version is an intimate, folkloric portrait of the education of a small child, brought to life with masks, puppetry and Finnish poetry.  We see an ancient, untouched island, populated by fantastically deformed creatures, pristine in its simplicity.  Then, a ship on the horizon, bringing with it the man who will take the island for his own.
 
This is an excerpt of the flagship collaboration between physical theatre artists, Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen.  The eventual full-length piece will explore themes of puberty, trauma, rape and the imperialism of language.
 

 
Tesla's Pigeon by Melissa Dunphy
performed by Melissa Dunphy and musicians
Philadelphia, PA
 
Performing: Thursday, December 2 at 7 PM
                     Friday, December 3 at 7 PM
 
Tesla's Pigeon is a 20-minute song cycle based on a true story from the perspective of a white dove befriended by scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla.  A staunch believer in the connection between his genius and sexual abstinence, Tesla shunned women, choosing instead to feed and care for pigeons in his hotel room at the New Yorker and in nearby Bryant Park.  His closest friend was a white dove that visited him every day at his hotel room window.  In moments of delirium, Tesla believed this pigeon to have mystical knowledge and powers and the ability to communicate with him, and was quite in love with her.  One night the bird flew into Tesla's room closer to death.  Before dying in his arms, according to Tesla, a light came from her eyes more intense than he had ever produced by the most powerful lamps in his laboratory.  Tesla said that at that same moment, something went out of his life and he knew his life's work was finished.
 

 
The Dispute by Emmanuelle Delpech
Philadelphia, PA
 
Performing: Friday, December 3 at 7 PM
                    Sunday, December 5 at 1 PM
                    Friday, December 10 at 7 PM
                    Sunday, December 12 at 1 PM
 
Inspired by: This project is an adaptation of the French play "La Dispute" written by Pierre De Marivaux in 1744.
 
This play raises questions about fidelity.  In the original play, one of the characters asks: "Are men more unfaithful than women?"  To answer that question, four young people, two men and two women are isolated and raised in complete ignorance of the rest of the world.
 
Their innocence has no limit.  They are raw and their minds are virgin.  They meet and eventually fall in love.  Two couples are formed.  But when they meet each other and they start feeling the desire to be unfaithful...This piece shows us clearly the vanity of human nature and the fleeting nature of love.  Marivaux's characters are able to be extremely offensive because they are so innocent. 
 
The play is funny, the characters endearing and odious.  The conclusion of the piece gives the audience the opportunity to make their own decision about their attitude towards their own faithfulness in love.  
 

 
The Egg-Layers by The Egg-Layers
Written by Lauren Feldman
Directed by Rebecca Wright
Performed by Kristen Bailey, Laura Edoff, Emilie Krause, Sean Lally, & Kathryn Raines
Brooklyn, NY & Philadelphia, PA
 
Performing: Friday, December 3 at 7 PM
                     Sunday, December 5 at 1 PM
                     Friday, December 10 at 7 PM
                     Sunday, December 12 at 1 PM
 
In The Egg-Layers:
 
A young woman goes on a journey.
Actually, several young women go on their journeys.
Actually, everyone is sort of going on a journey.
In search of something big.  (Like, healing.  Revenge.  Safety.  The Divine.  And clarity regarding swans.)
 
Inspired by and drawing from the characters, back stories, and themes in Euripides' Helen, Yeats' poem Leda and the Swan, Titus Andronicus, Peer Gynt, Baal, Lulu, Sex and the City, the Greek myths, and The Never-ending Story, The Egg-Layers is a rewriting, a wrestling, a raging, a reclaiming, an inquiry, and a quest.  It is also an exploration of character and author and the dark, gorgeous journey of creation.
 

 
The Girl Who Shared His Room by Blue Riders
Brooklyn, NY
 
Performing: Saturday, December 4 at 1 PM
                     Sunday, December 5 at 7 PM      
 
Inspired by Chekhov's short story Anyuta (and influenced by The Seagull and the work of Joseph Beuys)
 
Anyuta sits freezing while her roommate, a third year medical student, marks her ribs with charcoal to study for an anatomy exam.  They think nothing of this routine, until an artist knocks on the door to use Anyuta as a model for a painting.  The Girl Who Shared His Room investigates the lines between art and life, suffering and love and what can happen to the human body and soul if it becomes an object for others.  Told as if created by The Seagull's Konstantin ("We must have new form!") we are creating an installation for the observation of mankind.
 

 
Visions of Hecate by Wandering Rom
Philadelphia, PA
 
Performing: Saturday, December 4 at 1 PM
                     Sunday, December 5 at 7 PM
                     Saturday, December 11 at 1 PM
                     Sunday, December 12 at 7 PM
 
William Blake stands as one of the most seminal figures in the history of both poetry and sublime visual arts.  Blake visualized many of Shakespeare's text and most supernatural characters with his paintings, often highlighting themes exploring the union of man into the cosmic world around him.  
 
Blake's unique marriage of language, philosophy and images will be a fertile source to create a vivid theatrical tale about the inspirations that pull us, the heavens versus the lovers that keep our feet mired to the ground.