Moving from large scale performance frames, to the intimacy of the crypt-like basement of the Chocolate Factory, Big Dance Theater teams up with playwright Sibyl Kempson install their signature blend of performance, text, and visual design for an audience of just 30 per show. Kempson’s Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh quasi-medieval landscape facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous, specific, and completely invented language. Every word is semi-recognizable: an amalgam of English, Swedish, German and Sid Ceasar. The language is as tough and unforgiving as the windswept, uncultivated landscape.
The five characters, costumed by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra, boast of surviving prior catastrophes as they bitterly recount lost times. They sing; they dance; they harvest pumpkin seeds. All the while, they feel threatened by vaguely understood, external forces from which there is no protection. They are grounded in fear: absurd and doomed.
"Ut's o gaad life if yo dan't wikken" (It's a good life if you don't weaken.)
Big Dance Theater
Directed by Paul Lazar
Co-directed/Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Written by Sibyl Kempson
Set Joanne Howard
Video Karinne Keithley, Josh Higgason, Jeff Larson
Music Karinne Keithley and Ben Williams
Lights Joe Levasseur
Sound Jamie McElhinney
Costumes Suzanne Bocanegra
Production Manager Brendan Regimbal
Produced by Aaron Rosenblum
Performers Paul Lazar, Tymberly Canale, Molly Hickok, Kourtney Rutherford, Eric Dyer
A Big Dance Theater Production Commissioned by PS122 & The Chocolate Factory
Oct 25Nov 10, 2012 The Chocolate Factory
December 2012August 2013
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