June 11-21, 2009
THE WOOSTER GROUP: LA DIDONE
West Coast premiere
"The mind-bending pyrotechnics--visual, aural and intellectual--never stop in 'La Didone' ... so unusually stimulating (not to mention so entertaining)." --New York Times
The Wooster Group's production of Francesco Cavalli's La Didone takes up a work from the days when opera was an emerging art form, born out of the power of the voice and the lute in pure acoustic space, and sets it down in a new world splintered by telepresence and made brazen by the electric guitar.
Then, traveling further forward in time, and stirring another Italian cultural artifact into the mix, the Group brings into collision the ancient shipwreck tale of Aeneas with the crashed spaceships of Mario Bava's 1965 low-budget sci-fi horror film Terrore nello spazio (Planet of the Vampires).
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