Diagnosis of a Faun
directed by Tamar Rogoff
In Diagnosis of a Faun, Tamar Rogoff’s faun steps out of his mythical world to interface with the world of medicine. As the faun moves through the seemingly disparate spheres of the operating room and the forest in the company of dancers, doctors, humans and nymphs, the curse of separation between medicine and art is gently lifted. Gregg Mozgala, an actor who has been training with Rogoff for over a year, makes his dance debut in the principal role of the faun. In fashioning the faun, Rogoff draws her choreographic inspiration from Mozgala’s first-hand experience with Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Don Kollisch, a Family Physician, will perform a classical pas de deux with Lucie Baker who plays a nymph. Dancer Emily Pope-Blackman plays the part of a doctor that navigates the divide between her and her patient. Rogoff’s choreographic language reveals each performer’s unique and well-honed expertise and creates juxtapositions in partnering that set them at each other’s mercy. Rogoff developed and researched the medical layers of this piece in a two year association with Phillip Bauman, renowned orthopedic surgeon for the NYC Ballet and ABT. Robert Eggers designs the costumes and sets, which include the faun’s hilltop and the anatomy theater, brought to life by the lighting designer Tony Giovannetti. The music of Jean Sibelius is set within a sound score by Leon Rothenberg.