Filter Theatre's WATER to Make US Premiere at BAM, 11/13-17
BAM presents the US premiere of Water, an intimate yet boldly inventive theatrical exploration of climate change and the human experience, Nov 13-17, 2013.
Water, produced by the Filter Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith and created by Filter Theatre and David Farr, is directed by David Farr with set design by Jon Bausor, lighting design by Jon Clark and music and sound design by Tim Phillips.
The show plays the BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St) Nov 13-16 at 7:30pm; Nov 17 at 3pm. Tickets start at $20.
Half-brothers in Canada clash over the legacy of their dead father. An environmental advisor attempts to push through a deal at a political summit. A young man prepares to dive the deepest freshwater cave in the world, located in Mexico. Utilizing Filter Theatre's signature theatrical style of on-stage video and sound creation, Water examines how an increasingly unstable world of climate change is affecting human life. With a plot that "leapfrogs through time, space, and memory but never threatens to leave the audience behind thanks to superb acting and mind-blowing attention to detail" (Metro UK) the play's disparate storylines flow together by exploring the act of bonding, central to water's make up. The result is an "impressively intelligent and sensitive" (Independent) investigation of whether or not humans are capable of connecting emotionally with one another.
Led by actors Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts and composer Tim Phillips, Filter has been creating innovative, exciting theater since 2003, and been heralded as "one of Britain's best and boldest devising companies" (Metro UK). Filter's unique collaborative language explores the interaction between sound, music, text, and movement with the aim of creating stories that awaken the imaginative senses of an audience.
Talk: On Climate Change
BAM Hillman Attic Studio
(30 Lafayette Ave)
Nov 16 at 5pm
Tickets: $15 ($7.50 for Friends of BAM)
Filter is at the forefront of contemporary theater-making as an incubator of new work. Its first show, Faster, inspired by James Gleick's book about the acceleration of everyday life in the modern world, was developed and first performed at the Battersea Arts Centre in April 2003, where it was a runaway hit with audiences and went on to play the Soho Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith, tour the UK, and visit Germany and the US. Water, directed by David Farr for the Lyric Hammersmith, became one of the most talked about productions of 2007; it was revived for the Tricycle in 2011 and played the Sydney Theatre Company in 2012. Silence, the second collaboration between Filter and Farr, premiered in May 2011. Commissioned and produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, it's a gripping modern thriller with a complex narrative that cuts, in film-like fashion, between Russia and the UK.
Alongside original work, Filter has produced dynamic and innovative interpretations of classic texts including Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle for The National Theatre (2006); Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for the RSC and The Tricycle Theatre (2007); Chekhov's Three Sisters for the Lyric Hammersmith (2010); and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for a UK tour and Lyric Hammersmith/Manchester Royal Exchange (2012). New works in the pipeline include a response to Shakespeare's Macbeth for The Tobacco Factory in Bristol and A Western-directed by Michael Boyd and written by David Greig-which explores the various cultural collisions that led to the creation of the United States of America. To find out more, visit www.filtertheatre.com