New York Live Arts to Present Big Dance Theater's ICH, KURBISGEIST, 10/31-11/2
New York Live Arts presents Big Dance Theater's (BDT) Ich, Kürbisgeist, October 31 - November 2, and November 5 - 9 at 7:30pm, and November 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 10:00pm, as part of its signature program, the Replay Series. An "impressively inscrutable" (The New York Times) work directed by Paul Lazar, co-directed and choreographed by Annie-B Parson and written by Sibyl Kempson, a playwright of works "authentic, appealing, and...thrill[ing]" (Village Voice), Ich Kürbisgeist returns to the stage just in time for Halloween.
"I'm thrilled to kick-off this year's Replay Series productions with the devilishly smart and deliciously zany mash-up, Ich, Kürbisgeist," says Carla Peterson, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. "The Replay Series is designed to bring back outstanding works that recently or in decades past catalyzed new ways of thinking for artists and audiences alike. This work beckons viewers inside its utterly fantastical, language-rich world, and I'm excited for us to have the opportunity to enable more people to experience Ich, Kürbisgeist."
Originally co-commissioned by Performance Space 122 and The Chocolate Factory and premiered at The Chocolate Factory in 2012, Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh, quasi-medieval landscape facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous, specific and completely invented language, where each word is a somewhat-recognizable amalgam of English, Swedish, German and Sid Caesar. Partly centered on the annual harvest, the work includes at least 100 pumpkins, with new ones needed for every performance. Featuring New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award nominated costumes by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra, a mythical set by Joanne Howard, video by Josh Higgason, lighting by Joe Levasseur and sound by Jamie McElhinney and Ben Williams, Ich, Kürbisgeist delivers BDT's signature blend of performance, text and visual design. Performers Tymberly Canale, Eric Dyer, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar and Kourtney Rutherford help to bring this strange realm to life.
Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows, as well as aStay Late Monster Bash Halloween Dance & Costume party, and a related Shared Practice (see complete schedule below). Tickets are $30 and $15. Tickets may be purchased online at newyorklivearts.secure.force.com/ticket, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.