Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Looking forward to be on Stage with the Nature Theater of Oklahoma and to meet you there!!!

Life and Times

Everything started with a simple question: Can you tell me the story of your life? Directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska asked company member Kristin Worrall to tell them her life story over the telephone. It lasted sixteen hours. Without editing or corrections, these telephone calls became the libretto for “Life and Times,” an epic and biographical saga in ten parts. Word for word, memory for memory, the Nature Theater of Oklahoma narrates, over ­successive evenings or in a several-hour marathon, the life of a middle-class woman in her mid-thirties from an American suburb. A life that is interesting because it is everything but unusual, and is therefore like your own. Poetic, witty and as sophisticated as it is obvious, “Life and Times” gives us the chance to observe our own lives from another point of view. The formats and genres are also constantly changing, just like in real life. Here it is a mixture of musical, dance, thriller-melodrama, animated film, book, and radio show.

 Episode 2

The changing body, the first crush, the first cigarette smoked in secret – in Episode 2, the monumental epic turns to the beginning of puberty. The body becomes a battlefield, and life becomes a brutal, hazy disco, where the attempt to be cool collides on the dance floor with awakening desire. In the style of a 1980s pop musical, the performers sing, talk and dance about peer pressure, school problems, wanting to belong, and being excluded. Unedited, including all mistakes, ums, and ahems, the libretto was completely composed using the hobby music application Garage-Band.

English with English and German subtitles

120 min 

Concept/ Direction:

            Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper

With:

Ilan Bachrach, Asli Bulbul, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Daniel Gower, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Matthew Korahais, Julie LaMendola, Kristin Worrall

 Music:

Robert M. Johanson, Julie LaMendola

 Costumes:

Peter Nigrini 

Production Manager (NTOK):

Dany Naierman

Audio Engineer:

Daniel Gower 

Project Manager & Chorus Director:

Nora Hertlein

 

Produktion: Nature Theater of Oklahoma und Burgtheater Wien. Koproduktion: Kampnagel Hamburg, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Kaaitheater (Brüssel) und Rosas (Brüssel). Mit Unterstützung von: The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Pilot, mit Hauptförderung durch die Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

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Hebbel am Ufer Berlin / HAU

Performing at “The Four Seasons Restaurant” by Romeo Castellucci

 

I’m glad to invite you to this event in which I’m performing. For my It’s always disturbing and inspiring, experiencing the work of the theater director Romeo Castellucci.  This time it won’t be less. It will be a pleasure to share it with you.

 

About the piece

To question the strength and danger of the image, this image that fascinates and torments, that lights up and conceals, a manipulated image, composed and recomposed, Romeo Castellucci built a multi-episode theatre cycle, each episode nourished by the crossing of a pictorial or literary work permitting the director to broaden the field of his questioning. After the face of Christ (Salvator Mundi) painted by Antonello de Messina, which questioned the look-image that called out, pursued and watched in the show On the Concept of the Face of the Son of God, after the story of the Reverend Mr Hooper who, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, The Minister’s Black Veil, questions the violence of the disappearance of a face, Romeo Castellucci looks at the story of the painter Mark Rothko taking his paintings down from the walls of the New York restaurant that had commissioned them from him. Behind this true story that happened in 1958, he ponders the torment of man faced with images and their use, but also the social rejection which the artist made himself the promoter of. In alluding to the effacing of the image desired by the painter, who found it impossible to exhibit his works in a place like the Four Seasons Restaurant considering its wealthy but also terribly superficial clientele, Rome Castellucci wishes to probe “the relationship between representation and negation of the appearance that, since Greek tragedy, has sustained the entire relationship of Western man and the image”. Mark Rothko moreover always considered Greek tragedy as the foundation of his painting. Once again, without any naturalism, without any explicit reference, the images that come from Romeo Castellucci’s imagination will make form emerge in the midst of chaos, to permit us to no longer only see but to enter “Rothko’s human picture” and to become aware that the painter’s decision “traces the orbit of absence”, this curved trajectory that never returns that can push us to the edge of the abyss.

 

Direction / Stage / Costumes: Romeo Castellucci

Music: Scott Gibbons

 

Production

production Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio

coproduction Festival d’Avignon, National Theater of Brittany (Rennes), Theater der Welt 2010 (Essen), deSingel international arts campus (Antwerpen), The National Theatre (Oslo), Barbican London and SPILL Festival of Performance (London), Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moscow), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Athens Festival, GREC 2011 Festival of Barcelone, International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclaw (Poland), Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Spielzeit’europa 2011 I Berliner Festspiele, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, RomaEuropa Festival 2011, Theatre festival SPIELART München, Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers Scène nationale, Peak Performances @ Montclair State (United States)

 Place:

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Große Bühne

Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin

Phone +49 30 254 89-0
Fax +49 30 254 89-111
info@berlinerfestspiele.de

Dates:

Premiere, Thursday 25/10/2012, 20:00h

Friday 26/10/2012, 20:00h

Price:

€ 25 / 15 / reduced € 10

More information and video:

Berliner Festspiele