BAM to Stage U.S. Premiere of NOSFERATU, 10/30-11/2
BAM Harvey Theater will present NOSFERATU, Oct 30-Nov 2 at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $20.
The show features set design and costumes by Magdalena Maciejewska, lighting design by Jacqueline Sobiszewski, video design by Bartek Macias, and music by John Zorn.
Acclaimed director Grzegorz Jarzyna brings the dead to life in Nosferatu, a taut, erotic adaptation of Bram Stoker's Gothic horror masterpiece, Dracula. The subject and inspiration for countless works of popular culture in literature, film, cartoons, theater, advertisements, and computer games since its publication in 1897, the story springs from one of the most terrifying characters ever created.
Nosferatu unearths themes tied to this quintessential vampire character who is trapped between life and death, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent and the beautiful. Bringing to light and exploring vampiric myths-life after death, obsession with the aesthetic, the regenerating power of blood, consequences of immortality, religion, and motives of the undead-Jarzyna shows how fears and obsessions materialize in daily social life, resulting in an endless search for the new. He portrays a human existence undermined by the intrinsic desire for transgression, a liberation of social and symbolic constraints, and a yearning for the freedom that comes with shedding one's identity.
Multi award-winning TR Warszawa (The Dybbuk, 2004 Next Wave;Krum, 2007 Next Wave) has garnered a reputation over the last decade as one of the most compelling companies in Poland, searching for a new language of theatrical expression through both innovation and the preservation of tradition. Nosferatu marks Jarzyna's first collaboration with influential avant-garde musician John Zorn, who composed the score which was released as an album in April 2012. Part of the downtown music movement in mid-1970s New York, Zorn has composed and performed across the musical spectrum including a number of film scores.
There will also be a talk titled On Vampires with Joan Acocella on Nov 1 at 6pm at BAM Hillman Attic Studio (30 Lafayette Ave). Tickets are $15 ($7.50 for Friends of BAM).