directed by Ellen Stewart
Adapted, composed, and directed by the legendary Ellen Stewart, THE RAVEN tells the story of King Milo who shoots a raven during a hunting expedition, then is placed under a horrific curse by the bird's owner. To be delivered from that curse he must find a woman who possesses special qualities. Ellen Stewart has set Carlo Gozzi's tale of enchantment in China, transforming the work into a poetic new musical that blends the Venetian author's timeless fairytale with new elements inspired by the theatrical aesthetics of China: an original score composed by Ellen Stewart and Michael Sirotta, Heather Paawe, Yukio Tsuji and Cao Bao An, performed in Mandarin and English; text translation by Juliana Lau and Lu Yu; choreography by Lu Yu, Ying Tang, Juliana Lau, Rob Laqui and Sinan Kajtazi; lighting design by Filippo de Capitani; video projections by Jeffrey Issac, Jan Klug, and Andrea Paciotto; puppets by Federico Restrepo; masks by Gretchen Green; traditional costumes from Shanghai, coordinated by Lu Yu and Ellen Stewart. This adaptation of THE RAVEN represents a continuation of La MaMa E.T.C. and The Great Jones Company's tradition of contemporary interpretations and adaptations of the classics. The production will retain the inimitable international flavor that is a trademark of Ellen Stewart's body of work at La MaMa, with a multi-ethnic cast consisting of over 25 artists from Colombia, Italy, Japan, Germany, China, Korea, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Republic of Congo, Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. One of Venice's leading 18th-century writers, Carlo Gozzi (1720- 1806) is best known for his satirical fairytales, written originally for commedia dell'arte troupe whose initial productions emphasized the works' fantasy, magic, and special effects. His most famous works include TURANDOT and THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES, which have been adapted respectively into often-performed operas by Giacomo Puccini and Sergei Prokofiev. Contemporary artists, most notably Ellen Stewart, Andrei Serban and Julie Taymor, recently have found inspiration in Gozzi's lesser-known stories, such as THE RAVEN, THE SERPENT WOMAN, and THE GREEN BIRD, respectively.
6/12/2008 at 7:30pm