The Next Wave Festival at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a festival which promotes and showcases the work of young and emerging artists. On November 29,’Supernatural Wife’ by director and choreographer Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson will makes it New York Premier.
Supernatural Wife is a production by the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater that blends drama, music, dance, and live video to form a moving adaptation of Euripides’ mysterious tragicomedy Alkestis using Anne Carson’s translation.
Big Dance uses a circular set to bring together mournful words, drunken demigods, and powerful dance in a quicksilver flow of action. Featuring “Men,” a haunting, minimalist composition by Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang, Supernatural Wife revisits the power of tragedy while thoroughly subverting its theatrical and emotional conventions.
The play is taken from the mythic tale of a King, who avoids death by arranging to send a surrogate to the world below in his stead. His wife volunteers. At its core Supernatural Wife is about big complex ideas: our desire to live, against the immutability of mortality; our desire to be autonomous in the face of our undeniable inter-connectedness; and the playful nature of theater against the innate tragedy of reality. Sourcing and re-thinking the pulsing, profound nature of dance and music in tragedy, the Chorus will restore dancing to its rightful place in Greek drama.
Based on Alkestis by Euripides translated by Anne Carson
Big Dance Theater
Directed and choreographed by Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson
Sound by Jane Shaw
Set by Joanne Howard
Video by Jeff Larson
Lighting by Joe Levasseur
Costumes by Oana Botez-Ban
Nov 29—Dec 3, 2011 at 7:30pm
Run time: 1hr
Season tickets start at $14
Full price tickets start at $20
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street
(between Rockwell and Ashland Place)
Brooklyn , NY 11217