directed by Heather Christian
In North, Heather Christian and her kitchen sink orchestra ‘The Arbornauts’ lovingly hybridize pre-1700 classical pieces, original music and post 1960’s pop. The unique Baroque infused setting is a crystalline outdoor living room with a moving visual circus of oddities and silhouettes that includes 12 narrating television screens, a puppet show and a moving arboretum. North is a multi-media, multidisciplinary production about storytelling and love and distance, featuring a wide array of music from Carmina Burana to Cyndi Lauper along with Christian’s own work. Daughter of a go-go dancer and a blues musician, Christian has a highly theatrical sense of musicality. She whispers and coos, screams and gurgles, pulling both from classical form and good old fashioned feeling. Christian is a core member of Witness Relocation Co. (WRC) and performed in their production of Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment (“Magnificent” ~ The New Yorker) at La MaMa, which won 3 NY Innovative Theater Awards including Best Performance Art Piece and Best Choreography. She’s performed at The Ohio with WRC in In A Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus, at The Flea in Len Jenkin’s Margo Veil, with Big Dance Theater in The Other Here (“Deeply brilliant” ~ NY Times, “Daring, funny, smart and unexpectedly moving” ~ Washington Post), with Dance Theater Workshop and is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Featuring ‘The Arbornauts’ Chris Giarmo, Hannah Heller, Mike Mikos (member of Theater of a Two-Headed Calf & Witness Relocation) and Raky Sastri on a variety of instruments/objects including an accordion, glockenspiel, harmonium, megaphone, melodica, typewriter and violin. The design team consists of Obie-Winner Jay Ryan (Lighting Design), Pandora Andrea Gastelum (Costume Design), Courtland Premo and Colin Campbell (Set Design) and Heather Christian & the Arbornauts (Choreography).
1/18/2008 at 10:00pm