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THE WOOSTER GROUP
A Baroque Opera by Francesco Cavalli
Libretto by Francesco Busenello
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Music Direction by Bruce Odland
NEW YORK PREMIERE
THRU APR 26*
TICKETS START AT $37.50
*On Apr 24 there is a party to benefit The Wooster Group. Click here for more
CHANNEL 13 SUNDAYARTS PREVIEW
"Completely fearless"- The Guardian
"Coming from a company with such a radical reputation, this is an unexpectedly non-abrasive show with a subtle melancholic undertow. But it's also good fun. In their nifty silver spacesuits the cast of actors and singers handle the inter-genre confusions adeptly, especially Hai-Ting Chinn's beautifully sung Dido."- The Times of London
"Fans of theatre in all its forms will experience a mind-blowing vision inspired by the moment when opera itself was the most strange and experimental of cutting-edge art-forms, filtered through the wit, intelligence, and sheer cross-cultural genius of one of the great experimental companies of our time."- The Scotsman
The Wooster Group returns to St. Ann's Warehouse with Cavalli / Busenello's baroque opera La Didone (1641), in which Aeneas, prince of Troy, lands on the shores of Africa after a violent sea storm. There he falls in love with Dido, queen of Carthage, and becomes entangled in a web of love, deception, power and madness. In Mario Bava's 1965 cult movie Terrore nello spazio, the spaceship Argos crashes on the planet Aura, and its crew becomes locked in a desperate battle with zombies over the all-important "meteor rejector."
The Wooster Group stirs these two Italian cultural artifacts together, dropping Aeneas' ships onto a forbidding planetary landscape, setting the lute alongside live electric guitar, blending acoustic and electronic space, and finding an unexpected synergy between early baroque opera and pre-moon landing sci-fi: A 21st-century retelling of an ancient tale about the destructive (and redemptive) power of erotic passion and the sheer tenacity of human nature in the face of annihilation.
Running Time Approximately 90 Minutes
Production: The Wooster Group, KunstenFESTIVALdesArts
Coproduction: Edinburgh International Festival, Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, CC Belém (Lisboa)
Presented by St. Ann's Warehouse
Rush tickets will be available for $20 at each performance. The rush line will form outside of St. Ann's Warehouse (38 Water St, DUMBO). Tickets will be given out starting one hour before the performance, but arrive early for the best chance at getting tickets.