SAINT GENET (US)

Promised Ends: The Slow Arrow of Sorrow and Madness

Première / Wiener Festwochen 2017 in co-production with Tanzquartier Wien
 
With his Saint Genet group, the author, director and performance artist Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell creates visually powerful environments in which the performers experience the crossing of physical and psychological boundaries. In his “Theater der Grausamkeit” [Theatre of Horror] he gets associative-mythological spaces to develop and produces exuberant beauty that at any moment can tip over into pain, hysteria and extreme emotions. Promised Ends: The Slow Arrow of Sorrow and Madness is the conclusion of a three-year working process around the migration tragedy of the Donner Party, a group of settlers who crossed the USA and had to endure unimaginable horror after they were caught in a snow storm in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Mitchell shows a society in a borderline situation that breaks through taboo thresholds but also produces radical acts of affection – fear, threat, death and cannibalism – or a new form of empathy?
A physically as well as mentally destroyed King Lear, inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s and Akira Kurosawa’s film interpretations of the tragedy, becomes the mouthpiece of this society. Together with the object artist Casey Curran, the lighting artist Ben Zamora created an installative environment that the visitors can explore physically before an epic-opera-like performance erupts in it – sustained by professional performers and dancers as well as lay-people and live musicians such as the composers Brian Lawlor and D. Salo. We become eyewitnesses of a surreal vision that questions our shared past as well as our unknown future and rebels against the horror of the current political situation. We are caught in the mountains on the pitiless journey with Saint Genet and the Donner Party and meet a “mad king on the heath saying kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill!
 
 
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DIRECTION, TEXT, CONCEPT:   Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell
WITH: Baso Fibonacci, Matt Drews, Lily Nguyen, Lavinia Vago, Francesca Frewer, Adriana Cubides, Steffi Wieser
MUSICIANS: Brian Lawlor (piano, synths), Lukas Lauermann  (cello), Martina Bischof (viola), Emily Stewart (violin), Julia Pichler (violin), Benny Oberzell (keyboards)
LIGHT INSTALLATION:  Ben Zamora
LIGHTING DESIGN: John Torres
INSTALLATION AND KINETIC OBJECTS: Casey Curran
CHOREOGRAPHY: Matt Drews
COMPOSITION: Brian Lawlor, D. Salo
COSTUME DESIGN: Robinick Fernandez
COSTUME PRODUCTION: Jordan Christianson
DRAMATURGY: NKO
COMPANY MANAGER: Sara Edwards
SOUND ADVISER: Ryan Kelly
VIDEO: Alexander Nowak
PRODUCTION: Wiener Festwochen
CO-PRODUCTION:Tanzquartier Wien, Holland Festival
 
Saint Genet is a company that creates large-scale, innovative environmental installations, image-based opera, body-based performance and dance.Their work has been presented at Frye Art Museum, On the Boards, the Donau Festival, the Luminato Festival, and in any number of abandoned buildings, alleyways and secret locations.
(c) David Vi+ínji-çÔÇÖ
 
PRICES
EUR 30,- / 20,- / 15,-
Tickets here available
 
Tickets for this performance are exclusively available via all points of sale of Wiener Festwochen 2017 (not via the Tanzquartier Wien box office).
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INTRODUCTION
16. MAY, 7.30 pm, Foyer Halle E+G im MuseumsQuartier
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PLEASE NOTE
Admission 7.30 pm. The audience is invited to explore the installation before the performance starts.
 
Passages in English
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DISCUSSION WITH THE AUDIENCE
WED. 17 MAY
after the performance